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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 ...

Global News
Immigration Nerds Talks About Liberia's Direct Pathway to Citizenship
January 17, 2020

EIG’s Senior Attorney and Liberian native Jowanda Jones joins the podcast to explain the latest in the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act. She explains how one would qualify for the act that now allows a direct pathway to citizenship. In addition, we unravel Liberia's inseparable ...

Alerts
USCIS Releases Additional Information About H-1B Registration Process
January 9, 2020

In a document scheduled to be published on Thursday, January 9, USCIS has released additional details outlining how the FY2021 H-1B cap registration process will work. New information includes: Before the initial preregistration window opens on March 1, employers and their representatives may set up their ...

EIG Dispatch
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 ...

EIG Dispatch
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 ...

EIG Dispatch
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.

EIG Dispatch
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 ...

Alerts
January 2020 Visa Bulletin Released
December 31, 2019

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the January 2020 Visa Bulletin. Final Action Dates for all employment-based categories see little movement for the month of January. In Section F of the Visa Bulletin, the DOS predicts potential monthly movement for employment-based categories. For the EB-1 category, rapid forward ...

Immigration Nerds Podcast
Immigration Nerds Talk to Saadia Khan about the Immigrantly Experience
December 20, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, Saadia Khan, executive producer and host of the "Immigrantly" podcast joins us at our mic. Immigrantly is a weekly podcast that captures the honest and unfiltered accounts of first and second-generation immigrants in America. In today's episode, Saadia talks ...

EIG Dispatch
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 ...

EIG Dispatch
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 ...

US News
DHS’s Long Term Goal to Implement A “Known Employer Program”
December 17, 2019

In a long term plan to simplify and streamline the application process for some employers, the Department of Homeland Security will propose amendments to the filing process for eligible employers who seek to hire certain employees. The amendment may authorize USCIS to pre-adjudicate certain petition requirements for ...

Immigration Nerds Podcast
Immigration Nerds Talk About Holiday Travel
December 13, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast we share the answers to some of the most commonly asked travel questions. As the holiday season picks up, and people are likely to be traveling near and far, please be sure to be up to date on the ...

Alerts
Immigration Nerds Alert: Understanding the Electronic Registration Process for the H-1B Cap
December 12, 2019

As previously reported, on Friday, USCIS announced the successful completion of the electronic registration process pilot. The registration process will be put into practice for the next H-1B cap lottery, Spring 2020. To further explain what this new process entails and what to expect, EIG Managing Director ...

Alerts
USCIS Announces Electronic Registration for H-1B Petitions to be Implemented for FY 2021
December 9, 2019

On Friday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the successful completion of the electronic registration process pilot. The registration process will be put into practice for the next H-1B cap lottery, Spring 2020. USCIS proposed the preregistration system as a way to "dramatically streamline processing ...

Immigration Nerds Podcast
Immigration Nerds talk about the Gig Economy and the Impact on Immigration
December 6, 2019

Today’s unprecedented access to a global workforce has increasingly led companies and employees to opt for temporary projects, often located remotely. In this "gig economy," employees enjoy the freedom of having autonomy over the direction of their careers, while employers can now find the exact ...

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 ...

EIG Dispatch
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 ...

Immigration Nerds Podcast
Immigration Nerds talk about the History of the Thanksgiving Meal
December 2, 2019

In a bonus episode, the Immigration Nerds challenge fellow EIG'ers for a rousing Thanksgiving trivia. Join us to learn about the origins and history of some traditional Thanksgiving dishes, the countries they come from, and how they arrived on tables across the United States.

Alerts
December 2019 Visa Bulletin Released
November 27, 2019

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the December 2019 Visa Bulletin. Final Action Dates for all employment-based categories see little movement for the month of December. In Section E, the Department of State indicates that there has been a steadily increasing level of Employment-based demand for Adjustment of ...

Immigration Nerds Podcast
Immigration Nerds talk to Josh Doherty of Ayuda
November 22, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we want to Josh Doherty, managing attorney for Ayuda, a non-profit, service provider that offers immigration and family law assistance, and social and language access support for low-income immigrants in the US. They specialize in services for “Dreamers,” survivors ...

EIG Dispatch
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
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 ...

US News
Ken Cuccinelli Leaves Role as Acting Director of USCIS, Replaced by Mark Koumans
November 20, 2019

On Monday, November 18, it was announced that Ken Cuccinelli would no longer serve as the Acting Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a post which he has held for the last five months. At the time of publishing, according to the Department ...

EIG in the News
Jerry Erickson Nominated to Serve on BABC SF's Board of Directors
November 20, 2019

The British-American Business Council Northern California (BABCSF), which fosters commerce, friendship, and economic growth between Northern California and the United Kingdom, has announced that Jerry Erickson, President and CEO of Erickson Immigration Group (EIG), a global immigration law firm, has been nominated to serve on the BABC SF's board ...

Immigration Nerds Podcast
Immigration Nerds at the SCOTUS Hearing for DACA
November 18, 2019

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court held an oral argument to deliberate over the White House’s plan to roll back Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The policy, first implemented by the Obama administration in August 2012, allows undocumented individuals who were brought to the ...

Alerts
DHS Proposes Rule to Increase Immigration and Citizenship Fees
November 14, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security published a proposed rule to the Federal Register on Thursday, November 14. The DHS proposal increases fees for certain immigration and naturalization applications charged by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). According to the proposed rule, the increase is ...

Immigration Nerds Podcast
Immigration Nerds talk to Laura Young, Salesforce Salesforce Director of Global Mobility and Immigration, About Volunteering at the Border
November 11, 2019

This week, we're delighted to be joined at the mic by Laura Young, Salesforce Director of Global Mobility and Immigration. Ms. Young oversees all inbound and outbound immigration employment operations for Salesforce, including the US and global immigration program for the company. In this conversation, ...

Alerts
US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Sends Save Jobs USA v. DHS Back to Lower Courts
November 9, 2019

Today, a three-judge panel from the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled that a challenge to the H-4 EAD (Save Jobs USA v. DHS) does have grounds to be heard in court. In September 2016, a DC-based United States District Court judge, ...

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 ...