EIG Dispatch
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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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 ...

EIG Dispatch
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 ...

EIG Dispatch
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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Brexit Update: An Extension to 2020
October 28, 2019

As of today, the EU Council has come to an agreement with the UK government to postpone Brexit until January 31, 2020. An earlier withdrawal is still possible, and it is likely to trigger new elections in the coming months. No additional information has been provided ...

EIG Dispatch
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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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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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’ ...

Global News
A Parliament on Pause? A Brexit Update
September 3, 2019

Last week, new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson advised Her Majesty the Queen to prorogue the Parliament of the United Kingdom. This has brought to an end the longest parliamentary session (sitting of the same Parliament) since the English Civil War. Parliament ...

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Ireland | De Facto Partners of Irish Nationals Must Apply for Preclearance Before Traveling to Ireland
August 28, 2019

Beginning on November 1, 2019, non-resident foreign nationals wishing to join their Irish partners in Ireland for a period longer than 3 months, must apply for immigration preclearance before traveling to Ireland. Officials have emphasized that in-country applications will not be accepted. Officials have also announced ...

EIG Dispatch
United Kingdom | The Home Office Publishes a Fact Sheet to Dispel Recent Media Reporting on Brexit
August 28, 2019

On August 19, 2019, the UK Home Office published a fact sheet to dispel some media reports related to the rights of EU citizens residing in the UK after Brexit. The Home Office confirmed that EU citizen residents will not be left in “legal limbo” as ...

Feature
Immigrations Nerds Talk About Mass Migration from Venezuela
August 27, 2019

In this bonus episode, we continue our conversation with Dany Bahar of the Brookings Institution, and this time focus on Venezuela. In a time of civil unrest and economic distress, between 4-6 million Venezuelans — nearly 20% of the population — have fled the country. ...

EIG Dispatch
China | New Immigration Policies Encourage Highly-Skilled Foreign Nationals
August 14, 2019

On August 1, 2019, The Ministry of Public Security implemented new immigration policies aimed to attract highly-skilled foreign talent and outstanding youth to study and work in China.  These new policies will facilitate the process for foreigners to apply for permanent residency, long-term visas, and residence permits ...

Global News
Immigration Nerds Talk About Prime Minister Johnson and Brexit
August 9, 2019

Boris Johnson is the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and carries the weight of the entire country, and holds the keys to its Brexit destiny. Is Johnson a Man of the People or a product of the Institution? Erickson Immigration Group legal writer ...

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Ireland | Changes Minimum Salary Thresholds for CSEP and Updates for Skills Shortage List
July 31, 2019

On July 9, 2019, the Irish Ministry for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation issued the Employment Permits (Amendment)(No. 2) Regulations 2019 which modified work permit regulations. Beginning January 1, 2020, the minimum salary threshold for Critical Skills Employment Permits (CSEP) will increase from 30,000 EUR to 32,000 EUR ...

Global News
Ireland | High Court Ruling on Naturalization Requirement of One Year “Unbroken” Residence
July 31, 2019

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 “continuous” to strictly mean “unbroken” with no absences for an ...

Alerts
USCIS Annouces Significant Changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
July 24, 2019

On Wednesday, July 24, USCIS announced significant changes that would be forthcoming for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. From USCIS, the new rule would include the following: Raising the minimum investment amounts from $1 million to $1.8 million, with an automatic adjustment for inflation every ...

EIG Dispatch
Russia | Changes to Expand the E-Visa Program Announced
July 17, 2019

Under a draft plan reportedly approved by President Vladimir Putin, Russia plans to expand its e-visa program starting on January 1, 2021. The list of countries whose citizens will be eligible to apply for the e-visa will be confirmed by the government separately. The list most likely will include ...

EIG Dispatch
UK | New Immigration and Borders System
July 2, 2019

The Home Office published details on the new immigration and border system it will likely implement at the beginning of 2021. Some of the proposals include eliminating the annual cap of visas issued for skilled workers and the Resident Labor Market Test for high-skilled workers.  This new ...

Global News
A Possible H-1B Cap in Response to Data Rules
June 26, 2019

In advance of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to New Delhi, there are reports of a possible cap on H-1B visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally. Such a restriction would directly impact Indian H-1B applicants to the United ...

EIG Dispatch
Philippines | Tax Identification Number (TIN) is Now Required for All Foreign Nationals Applying for a Work Permit
June 18, 2019

On May 31, 2019, the Philippines Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) released Memorandum Order No. 28-2019, which prescribes the policies and guidelines relevant to the registration requirements of foreign nationals. All foreign nationals working in the Philippines are now required to obtain a tax identification number (TIN) with ...

Feature
Immigration Nerds Talk About the Brexit Summer Calendar
June 14, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, EIG legal writer Kahn T. Branch previews the summer of Brexit.  We discuss Theresa May's resignation and the election of a new prime minister, the deal or no deal Brexit options, and the EU Summit.

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Cuba | Trump Administration Restricts Travel
June 5, 2019

U.S. citizens hoping to travel to Cuba now face new restrictions for their plans. On Tuesday, the Trump Administration introduced a ban on what are referred to as "people to people" trips to the island, banning many forms of educational and recreational trips. The "people to ...

EIG Dispatch
Taiwan | Same-Sex Dependents Status Approved
June 5, 2019

Taiwan has legalized same-sex marriage. This came after Taiwan’s constitutional court held that same-sex marriage should be legalized back in 2017. The court’s decision caused a cascading effect amongst the public as many people pressured the government to hold referendums on the issue. The effect of ...

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United Kingdom | Migration Advisory Committee Recommends Broadening Shortage
June 5, 2019

UK’s Migrant Advisory Committee (MAC) has reviewed the Shortage Occupation List and has recommended broadening the list to include roles related to Software Development, Programmers, Web Designers, Veterinarians, Health Workers, and Architects, among others. Foreign nationals in recognized shortage occupations can enter the UK more quickly compared to ...

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Unable to Reach #Brexit Consensus, PM Theresa May Resigns
May 24, 2019

On Friday, May 24, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation saying: "I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold. The second female prime minister, but certainly not the last. I do so with no ...

EIG Dispatch
New Zealand | Essential Skills Shortage List Reviewed
May 22, 2019

Effective May 27, 2019, the Essential Skills in Demand (ESID) lists will be changed. A new Regional Skill Shortage List (RSSL) will be introduced to replace the current Immediate Skill Shortage List. The RSSL will be tailored to each of New Zealand's 15 regions. The Ministry of Business, ...

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Saudi Arabia | New Residency Scheme Approved
May 22, 2019

The Saudi Arabia government has approved a new special residence scheme, similar to the green card program, to attract affluent and highly-skilled foreign nationals. The new plan will allow holders to work, obtain visas for relatives, own property, and leave and re-enter the country without an ...

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UAE | 6-month Visas For Long-Term Residence Visa Seekers
May 22, 2019

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) announced a new six-month multiple entry visa for investors, entrepreneurs, and outstanding students. According to the director-general of Foreigners Affairs and Ports at ICA, the six-month visa is meant to facilitate residency visas to foreign nationals from different professional ...