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In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to EIG attorney Ryan M. Knight about social media surveillance as part of the visa process. This level of scrutiny forces some tough questions: What is the price of freedom of expression in the Land of the ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About Social Media Surveillance
September 20, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to EIG attorney Ryan M. Knight about social media surveillance as part of the visa process. This level of scrutiny forces some tough questions: What is the price of freedom of expression in the Land of the ...

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October 2019 Visa Bulletin Released
September 18, 2019

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the October 2019 Visa Bulletin. EB-2 and EB-3 categories for the worldwide quota have become current once again. Cut-off dates for the EB-2 and EB-3 categories for persons born in China have remained retrogressed since July 2019. For persons ...

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Jerry Erickson Joins Northern Virginia Technology Council Board of Directors
September 16, 2019

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the largest technology council in the country, has announced that Jerry Erickson, President and CEO of Erickson Immigration Group (EIG), has been elected to NVTC's Board of Directors. Also elected to the 2019-2020 board are Mr. Michael C. Condro, Partner Audit & Assurance, Deloitte ...

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A Year in Immigration | First Anniversary: Dave Bier, Laura D. Francis, Ian Kullgren, and Claudia Cubas
September 13, 2019

Today is a special episode — we are celebrating the Immigration Nerds podcast's first anniversary! We started in a tiny room with a few attorneys and a producer, all of us racking our brains to tackle the immigration issues of the day. We now have a guest list and audience that ...

EIG Dispatch
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’ ...

EIG Dispatch
Department of Homeland Security Proposes Expansion of Social Media Disclosure Requirements
September 11, 2019

On September 4, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a proposal to collect social media user identifications in order to “assess an alien’s eligibility to travel to or be admitted to the United States or to receive an immigration-related benefit from DHS.” This change would ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk to Greg Chen of AILA About the Week in Immigration
September 6, 2019

This week, the Trump Administration released a number of new restrictive immigration measures. To help make sense of the week and to address what is being done about it, we welcomed the Director of Government Relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Greg Chen. ...

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USCIS Proposed a $10 Fee for H-1B Visa Applications
September 3, 2019

In a new Department of Homeland Security proposal released on September 3, employers who are applying for H-1B visas in next year's lottery would be required to pay an additional $10. This fee would go toward the electronic preregistration process used for the lottery. The fee ...

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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Redefining the Citizenship Process for Children of U.S. Service Members Born Abroad
August 30, 2019

On Wednesday, August 28, the Trump administration announced changes to the definition of residency as it relates to the citizenship of children of U.S. service members born outside of the U.S. The current policy states that certain children living outside of the United States were considered ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About Hidetaka Hirota about the Public Charge Rule
August 29, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast we take a historical approach to the idea of public charge and welcome history professor Hidetaka Hirota from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. We discuss how culture, religion, and race have explicitly been used to determine who would be ...

EIG Dispatch
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 ...

EIG Dispatch
USCIS Confirms all Notices for FY 2020 H-1B Cap Petitions Have Been Issued
August 28, 2019

On August 15, 2019, USCIS announced that it has issued return notices for all H-1B Cap Petitions that were not selected in the FY 2020 lottery. The lottery for successful H-1B Cap Petitions was completed by May 17, 2019, and USCIS has since taken steps to ...

EIG Dispatch
Twenty U.S. States Challenge Trump Administration’s Proposal to End Limits to Minor Detention
August 28, 2019

Twenty states announced their plans to file a lawsuit against the Trump Administration in response to its plans to amend the rule that limits the amount of time a migrant child may be held in detention centers to 20 days. Amending this rule would allow the ...

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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. ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk to Dany Bahar, the David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution
August 23, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we sit down with a fellow "immigration nerd," Dany Bahar. Mr. Bahar is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution, an Israeli and Venezuelan economist, and an associate at the ...

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September 2019 Visa Bulletin Released
August 20, 2019

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the September 2019 Visa Bulletin. Several Employment-Based preference categories have retrogressed or have become unavailable for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2019. For EB-1 categories, cut-off dates have advanced for persons born in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, Vietnam, ...

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Immigration, Trade, and Commerce Organizations Petition USCIS for Greater Review of Proposed H-1B Registration System
August 20, 2019

Last fall, USCIS announced that changes would be forthcoming for the H-1B program, as soon as this year. The new plan would require companies who seek an H-1B visa for a foreign worker to first submit a free online registration form instead of an initial ...

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 ...

EIG Dispatch
UPDATE: USCIS to Close its Overseas Offices
August 14, 2019

In March 2019, USCIS announced its plan to close all of its overseas offices.However, on August 9, 2019, USCIS updated its plans and announced thatseven of the international offices will remain open. The field offices in Monterrey, Mexico and Seoul, South Korea will be the first ...

EIG Dispatch
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Clarifies H-1B Degree Requirement
August 14, 2019

On August 6, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that USCIS acted arbitrarily, capriciously, and abused its discretion in denying an H-1B work visa to a Data Analyst on the grounds that Data Analysts do not require a bachelor’s degree in ...

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Trump Administration Introduces Final "Public Charge" Rule
August 12, 2019

On Monday, August 12, the Trump Administration said it would move forward with new regulations that would deny green cards and visas to immigrants who use or are expected to use a wide range of government benefits, including food stamps, housing vouchers, and Medicaid. This ...

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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USCIS to Allow for Public Reporting of Immigration Fraud
August 7, 2019

On Wednesday, August 7, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it would introduce "a single, secure portal" for the public to report "credible and relevant claims of immigration benefit fraud." USCIS will accept additional public comment on the form beginning Thursday, August 8. Individuals will be ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the Week in Immigration
August 2, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we're joined by Erickson Immigration Group senior attorney Storm Estep to discuss recent policy updates from the week of July 15 - July 24. Storm explains H.R. 1044 and the companion bill in the Senate, new asylum rules and ...

Events
SHRM Global Mobility and Immigration Symposium | November 3-5, 2019
August 1, 2019

EIG is proud to participate as a featured speaker at the SHRM Global Mobility and Immigration Symposium in Washington, DC on November 3-5, 2019. Jerry Erickson, EIG Principal, and Justin Parsons, EIG Managing Director, will both be speaking on panels and participating in the conference, ...

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Worldwide ERC Global Workforce Symposium 2019 | October 16-18
August 1, 2019

EIG is proud to participate as a featured speaker at the Worldwide ERC Global Workforce Symposium 2019 in Boston, on October 16-18, 2019. Jerry Erickson, EIG Principal, and Alejandra Zapatero, Director, Client Relations, are featured speakers and will be joined by EIG leaders to participate ...

Global News
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 “continuous” residence in Ireland immediately before filing the naturalization application. The High Court interpreted “continuous” to strictly mean “unbroken” with no absences for an ...