Global Mobility Immigration News

United States: Congress Passes Stopgap Measure to Fund DHS through March 6

United States: Congress Passes Stopgap Measure to Fund DHS through March 6

A partial shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been temporarily averted with votes in both the House and Senate to extend funding for the agency for one week, until March 6. Congress in December approved funding the rest of the government for the remainder of the fiscal year, but only through... »

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

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 permit and investor programs and a work permit category for... »

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

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 sectors and until 2017 for Work Permit holders in the... »

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

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 mean? Farmers and other employers will be able to employ more... »

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

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 could save significant time in the visa-application process. Implementation timeframe: Immediate... »

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

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 found that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services abused its discretion... »

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

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 to the United States. Fauzia Din, a U.S. citizen, married... »

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

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 attorney, liable for luring foreign workers to the U.S. with... »

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

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 dependent spouses, as long as the primary H-1B worker is... »

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

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 change mean? Anyone applying for Indian visas or other consular services... »

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

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 now submit their application to convert from a temporary work... »

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

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 a long-pending permanent residence case. OMB clearance is the last... »

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

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, 2015, according to a long-awaited final regulation that will be... »

Ukraine: Work Permit Application Process Simplified; Processing Time Reduced

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 immediately. Key changes include a new application form, faster processing... »

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

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 non-commercial driver’s licenses in January, a 65 percent jump in the... »