EIG Dispatch
Visa Extension for Chinese Nationals with Expiring Visas in the UK
March 4, 2020

The United Kingdom has begun making plans for those affected by travel restrictions due to reasons associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Home Office has taken a sympathetic approach as they understand that circumstances are out of the immigrant's control. Chinese nationals, who have been compliant ...

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Public Charge Final Rule
March 4, 2020

The final rule for Public Charge was made effective Monday, February 24th. The new rule tightens the criteria used to decide whether an applicant should be considered a public charge. Among several other factors, officers will be considering the applicant’s: Income and Assets (Salary, Mortgage, ...

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Coronavirus and Its Impact on Global Immigration
February 19, 2020

Singapore | As the Coronavirus epidemic continues to affect people traveling around the world, the Singaporean Ministry of Health (MHO) have passed on their recommendations for all travelers to abandon all travel plans to Hubei province China and also to only travel to mainland China ...

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USCIS Provides New Details on FY 2021 H-1B CAP Electronic Registration
February 19, 2020

Beginning on February 24, 2020, prospective H-1B CAP petitioners and their legal representatives (“petitioners”) may begin creating H-1B registrant accounts on the online USCIS website. Subsequently, between 12:00 PM (EST) of March 01, 2020, and March 20, 2020, petitioners may create and complete H-1B registrations ...

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USCIS Public Charge Rule to go Into Effect February 24, 2020
February 5, 2020

On January 27, 2020, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court temporarily upheld the Trump Administration's "Inadmissibility on Public Charge'' rule. The high court's conservative majority will allow the rule to go into effect pending the appellate process in the lower courts. Under the rule, ...

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New Version of Form I-9 Available
February 5, 2020

On January 31, 2020, USCIS released the new version of Form I-9, used to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. The specific changes to the form can be found on the government website, and the form itself is ...

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Singapore Enacts Deterrence Against Workplace Discrimination
January 22, 2020

As of January 2020, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) of Singapore has raised penalties for workplace discrimination cases. These measures are part of a plan to strengthen the Fair Consideration Framework, especially with the aim to give equal and fair consideration to local workers by ...

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Tech Giants File Amicus Brief Against “Public Charge” Rule
January 22, 2020

On Friday, January 17, over one hundred technology companies jointly filed an Amicus Brief challenging the Trump administration's "public charge" rule. These companies joined a nationwide lawsuit to assert that the proposed policy would adversely affect U.S. employers. The brief argues that the proposed rule will: Discourage ...

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Judge Stops Trump’s Order that Allowed States to Prevent Refugee Entry
January 22, 2020

On Wednesday, January 15, U.S. District Judge Peter Messite issued a preliminary injunction against President Trump’s latest executive order, which allows state and local officials to deny the resettlement of refugees in their communities. Trump argued this executive order was put in place due to ...

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Germany | New Minimum Salary for Blue Card in 2020
January 8, 2020

Foreign nationals with a recognized university degree are eligible to work in Germany under the European Union (EU) Blue Card system. The minimum salary for EU Blue Cards has increased. Effective January 1, 2020, Blue Card holders in Germany must be paid an annual salary ...

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Ireland | Changes to Work Permits in 2020
January 8, 2020

For applications that require a labor market test, the position must now be advertised for 28 days before the application can be submitted. (The previous rule required only 14 days.) The advertising requirement reflects the government’s policy that an employment opportunity should be offered to ...

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USCIS Updates Policy Guidance for Good Moral Character Determinations
January 8, 2020

For certain immigration benefits, including naturalization, a good moral character must be proven. On December 13, USCIS announced updates to its policy manual on good moral character determinations. The updated guidance includes implementation of recent case law regarding applicants with two or more DUI convictions.

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Electronic Registration will be used for 2021 H-1B Cap Season
January 8, 2020

USCIS has announced that its new electronic registration has completed pilot testing and will be used for the upcoming 2021 H-1B Cap Season. In this new process, from March 1 – March 20, 2020, employers or their representatives must first register with basic information about the company and ...

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Swiss and UK Citizens Will Retain Their Rights Post-Brexit
December 17, 2019

On December 6, 2019, the Switzerland Federal Council adopted the Free Movement of Persons Agreement (FZA). This agreement allows Swiss Nationals residing in the United Kingdom and British nationals in Switzerland to retain their current rights once Brexit is finalized. This agreement has now been submitted to ...

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Ninth Circuit Lifts Injunctions on Public Charge Rule for Immigrants
December 17, 2019

Preliminary injunctions issued by federal judges in California and Washington against the “public charge” policy were stayed on Thursday by a divided three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The majority on the panel argued that the Trump administration has the legal authority ...

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South Korea Relaxes Visa Rules for Foreign Workers in Parts, Materials, and Equipment Industries
December 4, 2019

South Korea has revised its E-7 visa policy regarding foreign nationals in the parts, materials, and equipment industries. Applicants will be able to apply online rather than having to apply at an overseas consulate. This will cut down visa processing times from an estimated one ...

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USCIS Issues Guidance on Adjustment of Status by Aliens Whose Conditional Permanent Residence Has Been Terminated
December 4, 2019

USCIS released guidance on November 21, 2019, which clarifies when the Service may adjust the status of an alien whose Conditional Permanent Resident (CPR) status has been terminated. This guidance applies to the adjustment of status applications filed with USCIS after November 21, 2019. A ...

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Ireland | Court of Appeal Overturns High Court Findings
November 20, 2019

As previously reported, on July 17, 2019, the Irish High Court ruled that a person applying to become a naturalized Irish citizen must have one year of “unbroken” residence in Ireland immediately before filing the naturalization application. The High Court interpreted the “continuous residence” requirement of the Irish Nationality and ...

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Poland | Now Included in US Visa Waiver Program
November 20, 2019

Starting November 11, 2019, Poland was officially included in the Visa Waiver Program. It is a comprehensive program designed to encourage and strengthen tourism and business exchanges between the United States and designated countries while increasing security. Polish citizens can now travel to the United States ...

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USCIS Announces a Proposed Rule That Seeks to Change Eligibility Requirements for Work Authorization Based on Pending Asylum Claims
November 20, 2019

On November 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule modifying eligibility for employment authorization based on a pending asylum claim. USCIS’s proposal includes excluding from eligibility for employment authorization: Aliens who entered or attempted to enter the United States unlawfully without good ...

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Brexit Update: EU Agrees to Extension until January 31, 2020
November 6, 2019

The EU Council in Brussels, consisting of 27 EU ambassadors, has agreed to the UK Government’s request to remain in the EU until January 31, 2020. This is the third extension the EU has granted the UK. Under the agreement, EU nationals will continue to have free ...

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I-539 Form to Extend Status May Now be Filed Online for Eligible Applicants
November 6, 2019

USCIS now offers select applicants the option to file an I-539 extension application online to facilitate processing queue. The eligible applicant must be filing for an extension of an existing status and must file individually (without co-applicants). Individuals may complete the I-539 form online to extend status ...

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USCIS Premium Processing Fee to Increase in December
November 6, 2019

On October 30, 2019 USCIS announced that the Premium Processing fee charged by the service for expedited processing of certain applications for immigration benefits will increase from $1,410.00 to $1,440.00 beginning December 2, 2019. Premium Processing is an optional service that allows petitioners or employees to request the 15-day ...

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UK | Brexit Latest Update
October 23, 2019

On October 17, 2019, the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) reached a Brexit deal. The Withdrawal Agreement was officially published on October 21, 2019.  The UK Parliament began to debate the Withdrawal Agreement today (October 22nd) and has already voted against the Prime Minister's rapid ...

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CEOs and Deans From Top Business Schools Urge President Trump and Congress to Reform U.S. Immigration System
October 23, 2019

On October 15, CEOs and Deans from the top business schools in the country wrote a letter addressed to the President and members of Congress, asking them to reform the U.S. Immigration system to meet the country’s need for highly skilled employees in the STEM field. The ...

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New Zealand | Significant Changes to the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa
October 9, 2019

On October 7, 2019, New Zealand implemented significant changes to the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa Program. For all new applications received after this date, the minimum salary needed for the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa will increase from NZD $55,000 to NZD $79,560 per year, reflecting ...

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UK | Government Unveils a New Post-Study Work Visa
September 25, 2019

The UK government has opened up a new type of Post-Study Work Visa to international students in hopes of recruiting and retaining successful global talent into the country. International students who have a valid immigration status and have completed a course of study at an undergraduate level ...

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Insight From the Department of Homeland Security Regarding the Future of the H-4 EAD Program
September 25, 2019

In a letter to a U.S. Court of Appeals on September 16, the Department of Homeland Security indicated that the earliest possible publication date for a proposed rule to rescind H-4 employment authorization would be in Spring 2020. Until such a time that a new rule goes ...

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Trump Administration Reaches Asylum Agreement with El Salvador
September 25, 2019

On September 20, the Trump administration came to an asylum cooperation agreement with El Salvador, designed to deter migrants from seeking asylum in the United States. The agreement states that any migrants that pass through El Salvador seeking asylum must apply for protection in that country first ...

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Australia | Annual Review of Skilled Migration Occupation Lists Underway
September 11, 2019

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (“The Department”) has begun its annual review of the Skilled Migration Occupation Lists. The Department will meet with interested stakeholders, industries, and groups in Australia to learn about local labor markets and skill shortages. The ‘Traffic Light Bulletin’ ...