Bermuda: New Work Permit Policies Bring Faster Processing and New Programs

Friday, February 27, 2015
Bermuda: New Work Permit Policies Bring Faster Processing and New Programs

Bermuda has adopted new work permit policies that will take effect March 1, 2015. Key changes include a more streamlined and faster work permit application process for long- and short-term work, new short-term work... »

SINGAPORE (Feb. 26, 2015) – Government to defer increases in S Pass and Work Permit levies in all sectors

Friday, February 27, 2015
SINGAPORE (Feb. 26, 2015) – Government to defer increases in S Pass and Work Permit levies in all sectors

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The Singaporean government announced in its 2015 budget that it will defer proposed hikes in the monthly levies for Work Permits and S Passes until 2016 for all... »

AUSTRALIA (26 February 2015) – More seasonal worker visas to become available

Friday, February 27, 2015
AUSTRALIA (26 February 2015) – More seasonal worker visas to become available

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Australia will increase the number of Seasonal Worker Program visas it makes available in the 2015-16 fiscal year. The number will increase from 3,250 to 4,250. What does the change... »

AUSTRALIA (26 February 2015) – Australia allowing clearance from select FBI-approved channelers

Friday, February 27, 2015
AUSTRALIA (26 February 2015) – Australia allowing clearance from select FBI-approved channelers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? U.S. citizens and permanent residents needing an FBI clearance for an Australian visa can now use select FBI-approved channelers to obtain clearance. What does the change mean? The change... »

UNITED STATES (Feb. 24, 2015) – Court reverses USCIS interpretation of H-1B ‘specialty occupation’

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
UNITED STATES (Feb. 24, 2015) – Court reverses USCIS interpretation of H-1B ‘specialty occupation’

A federal court in Seattle has ruled that the position of “market research analyst” falls within the definition of “specialty occupation” for purposes of obtaining an H-1B visa. In a rare move, the court... »

UNITED STATES (Feb. 24, 2015) – Supreme Court hears arguments in visa-denial case

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
UNITED STATES (Feb. 24, 2015) – Supreme Court hears arguments in visa-denial case

A divided Supreme Court Monday heard arguments in a closely watched case involving a California woman who argues that she has a right to know why her husband was denied a visa to come... »

UNITED STATES (Feb. 24, 2015) – Employer liable in $14 million jury award to foreign temporary workers

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
UNITED STATES (Feb. 24, 2015) – Employer liable in $14 million jury award to foreign temporary workers

A federal jury has awarded $14 million to five Indian nationals working for a U.S. company under the temporary-worker visa program. The jury found the employer, along with a labor recruiter and an immigration... »

UNITED STATES (Feb. 24, 2015) – DHS issues final rule allowing H-4 dependent spouses to apply for work authorization

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
UNITED STATES (Feb. 24, 2015) – DHS issues final rule allowing H-4 dependent spouses to apply for work authorization

Under a final rule announced today, certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders will be able to apply for work authorization beginning May 26. The new H-4 regulation extends work authorization to H-4... »

INDIA/UNITED KINGDOM (Feb. 23, 2015) – Biometrics, online appointments to be required for visas, consular services

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
INDIA/UNITED KINGDOM (Feb. 23, 2015) – Biometrics, online appointments to be required for visas, consular services

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The High Commission of India in London has announced that it will require biometric data capture for visas and other consular services beginning in March. What does the... »

BRAZIL (Feb. 23, 2015) – New rule improves visa conversion process

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
BRAZIL (Feb. 23, 2015) – New rule improves visa conversion process

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? A new decree simplifies the process for foreign nationals who are converting from a temporary work visa to a permanent visa. What does the change mean? Foreign nationals may... »

United States: H-4 Employment Authorization Rule Clears Federal Review

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
United States: H-4 Employment Authorization Rule Clears Federal Review

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has given its approval to a final regulation that will allow eligible H-4 nonimmigrants to apply for an employment authorization document (EAD) if their H-1B spouse has... »

United States: Eligible H-1B Spouses May Apply for Employment Authorization Beginning May 26

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
United States: Eligible H-1B Spouses May Apply for Employment Authorization Beginning May 26

H-4 nonimmigrants will soon be eligible to apply for work authorization if their H-1B spouse has a long-pending permanent residence case. USCIS will begin to accept applications from eligible H-4 spouses on May 26,... »

Ukraine: Work Permit Application Process Simplified; Processing Time Reduced

Monday, February 23, 2015
Ukraine: Work Permit Application Process Simplified; Processing Time Reduced

Work permit applicants in the Ukraine, including eligible applicants in some technology sectors and certain graduates from top schools, will see several amendments to the application process, according to a regulation that is effective... »

UNITED STATES (Feb. 19, 2015) – California issued 59,000 driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants under new law

Friday, February 20, 2015
UNITED STATES (Feb. 19, 2015) – California issued 59,000 driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants under new law

In the first full month of a new state law, California issued 59,000 driver’s licenses to undocumented applicants – more than half of all driver’s licenses issued in January. California issued a total of 113,172... »

UNITED STATES (Feb. 18, 2015) – Final rule on H-4 spousal work authorization expected soon

Thursday, February 19, 2015
UNITED STATES (Feb. 18, 2015) – Final rule on H-4 spousal work authorization expected soon

A rule that will allow spouses of some H-1B employees to obtain work authorization is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks. The rule is currently under review by the Office of Information... »

United States: Appropriations Impasse Could Lead to DHS Shutdown, But Immigration Processing Would Continue

Thursday, February 19, 2015
United States: Appropriations Impasse Could Lead to DHS Shutdown, But Immigration Processing Would Continue

The ongoing debate in Congress over continued funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could lead to an agency shutdown on February 27. If this were to take place, processing of immigration applications... »

UNITED STATES (Feb. 17, 2015) – Winter storm closes USCIS offices in southeastern states

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
UNITED STATES (Feb. 17, 2015) – Winter storm closes USCIS offices in southeastern states

A snow and ice storm that pummeled the Mid-Atlantic and South has closed several local U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices. The Washington, D.C.-area office, the Baltimore District Office and Application Support Center, the... »

UNITED STATES (Feb. 17, 2015) – Judge halts key part of Obama immigration plan

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
UNITED STATES (Feb. 17, 2015) – Judge halts key part of Obama immigration plan

A federal judge in Texas issued a ruling late Monday, temporarily blocking implementation of a key part of the Obama administration’s program to protect roughly 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. In his ruling,... »

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