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EIG Week in Review
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EIG Dispatch – December 31, 2014
December 31, 2014

Highlights New Customs and Border Protection App Released New Permits Required for Short-Term Work in China New Customs and Border Protection App Released U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a press release earlier this month announcing the launch of its “Border Wait Time” mobile application to help travelers ...

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EIG Dispatch – December 23, 2014
December 31, 2014

HIGHLIGHTS Sarah Saldaña Confirmed as Next ICE Director USCIS to Delete E-Verify Records from 2004 United Kingdom Implements Registered Traveler Service for Certain Foreign Nationals Canada Issues Work Permits to Certain Spouses Waiting for Permanent Residency Immigration Processing Times May Be Slow During the Holidays Sarah Saldaña Confirmed as Next ICE Director The U.S. ...

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EIG Dispatch – December 12, 2014
December 12, 2014

Highlights Texas Governor Issues Executive Order Requiring E-Verify Participation by All Texas State Agencies Union Brings Federal Suit to Challenge OPT for Foreign Students Ireland Reports Delays in Obtaining Re-Entry Visas for Foreign Nationals and Amends Occupations Eligible for its Critical Skills Employment Permit Minimum Wage Increases in Belgium ...

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EIG Week in Reveiw
November 26, 2014

Highlights The Technology Industry Reacts to President Obama's Executive Action Ontario Re-Introduces Immigration Act Australia and China Finalize Negotiations on Work and Holiday Visa Program and Free Trade Agreement Australian House of Representatives Pass Bill that Could Affect Citizenship for Those Suffering from Mental Illness The Technology Industry Reacts to President ...

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EIG Week in Review (Nov 21, 2014)
November 21, 2014

Highlights UPDATE: President Obama Announces Executive Action on U.S. Immigration U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Temporary Protected Status Designations for Countries Affected by Ebola U.S. Embassies Report Technical Difficulties and Expect Delays in Visa Processing During Holiday Season Australia Increases Length of Stay for Temporary Work Visas with Strong Business Justification Canada ...

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EIG Week in Review (Nov 14, 2014)
November 14, 2014

Highlights UPDATE: President Obama Expected to Announce Executive Action on U.S. Immigration Reform Processing Delays in Malaysia for Employment, Dependent, and Professional Visit Passes Mercosur Visa to Colombia No Longer Available for Venezuelan Nationals UPDATE: President Obama Expected to Announce Executive Action on U.S. Immigration Reform  As an update to our previous ...

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EIG Week in Review (Nov 7, 2014)
November 7, 2014

Highlights UPDATE: President Obama Promises Executive Action on U.S. Immigration Reform U.S. Tightens Screening Measures for Visa Exempt Visitors UPDATE: Canada Increases Planned Level of Admissions for Permanent Residents in 2015 New Immigration Study Shows that EU Migrants Have Made a Net Contribution to the British Economy UPDATE: President Obama ...

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EIG Week in Review (Oct 31, 2014)
October 31, 2014

 Highlights USCIS Definition of "Mother" and "Parent" Expanded Russians Applying for Schengen Visas Now Required to Submit Biometrics UPDATE: Ireland Employment Permits Section Now Allowing Scanned Signatures Australia Halts all Immigration Proceedings for Visa Holders Originating from Ebola-affected Countries in West Africa  USCIS Definition of "Mother and "Parent" Expanded  On Tuesday, October ...

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EIG Week in Review (Oct 24, 2014)
October 24, 2014

Highlights UPDATE: Philippines Alien Registration Project Mandatory for Certain Exiting Foreign Nationals Ebola-Related Protective Measures Could Disrupt International Travel D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Brings Hope for Future L-1B "Specialized Knowledge" Visa Applicants U.S. Consular Services in Calgary Limited in November 2014 UPDATE:  Philippines Alien Registration Project Mandatory for Certain Exiting Foreign ...

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EIG Week in Review (Oct 17, 2014)
October 17, 2014

Highlights New Indian Employment Visa Requirements for U.S. Applications Philippines Bureau of Immigration Introduces Alien Registration Project Eased Visa Requirements for Certain Chinese and Indian Nationals Traveling to the Philippines, the UK, and Ireland New Indian Employment Visa Requirements for U.S. Applications As reported earlier this year, Cox & Kings Global Services ...

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EIG Week in Review (Oct 10, 2014)
October 10, 2014

Highlights November 2014 Visa Bulletin Brings Significant Retrogression for EB-2 India New Reporting Requirement for Russian Employers of Highly Qualified Specialist Workers Canada Extends CAN+ Program to Mexico and Brazil Singaporean Long-Term Visit Passes Applications Under Greater Scrutiny for Unmarried Couples BALCA Ruling Prompts DOL to Reconsider Select PERM Denials November 2014 Visa ...

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EIG Week in Review (Oct 3, 2014)
October 3, 2014

Highlights UPDATE:  Indian Prime Minister Announces Visa-on-Arrival Program for U.S. Citizens and Changes to OCI/PIO Program FY2015 H-1B Employees Now Subject to FICA Central American Children Eligible to Apply for Refugee Status Deferred Enforced Departure Extended for Eligible Liberians in the U.S. UPDATE:  Indian Prime Minister Announces Visa-on-Arrival Program for ...

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EIG Week in Review (Sept 26, 2014)
September 26, 2014

Highlights U.S. FY2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Opens October 1, 2014 UPDATE: Application Forms Available Soon for Newly-Reformed Irish Employment Permits India Considering Extending Visa-on-Arrival Program to U.S. Citizens Australia Reconsiders Changes to Visa Categories and Fees French Lawmakers Propose Employment-Based Immigration Reforms U.S. FY2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Opens October 1, 2014 Beginning October 1, ...

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EIG Week in Review (Sept 19, 2014)
September 19, 2014

Highlights Scotland Rejects Independence Referendum Schengen Members Strongly Enforcing Passport Requirements Japan Exploring Facial Recognition Technology to Reduce Airport Immigration Queues  UAE Conducting Unannounced Workplace Visits Scotland Rejects Independence Referendum In what is being characterized as one of the highest voter turnouts in the democratic world, Scotland’s citizens voted yesterday against declaring its ...

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EIG Week in Review (Sept 12, 2014)
September 12, 2014

Highlights Australia Releases Comprehensive Report on 457 Visa Program U.S. Department of State Eliminates "Administrative Processing" Attorney Email Inquiries UPDATE:  Irish Visa Processing Delays Expected  Due to Immigration Reforms Australia and Spain Agree to Reciprocal Work and Holiday Visa Program U.S. Consular Services Limited in Australia  Australia Releases Comprehensive Report on 457 Visa ...

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EIG Week in Review (Sept 5, 2014)
September 5, 2014

Highlights New Reporting Requirements for Russian Citizens Holding Dual Citizenship or Foreign Permanent Residency U.S. Visa Fee Changes to Take Effect September 12, 2014 U.S. Department of Justice Resolves Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Catering Company France Eliminates Medical Exam Requirement for Certain Visa Categories New Reporting Requirements for Russian Citizens Holding ...

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EIG Week in Review (Aug 22, 2014)
August 27, 2014

Highlights Corporate Sector Lobbies White House for Business Immigration Reform French Labor Authorities Ramp Up Auditing Procedures U.S. Department of State Updates Mexico Travel Warning  USCIS Offers Relief Measures for Some West African Nationals Corporate Sector Lobbies White House for Business Immigration Reform Representatives from large companies, including advocates from high-tech ...

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EIG Week in Review (Aug 15, 2014)
August 15, 2014

Highlights September 2014 Visa Bulletin Released CBP Launches Mobile Passport Control App E-Verify System Improvements China Conducting Health Inspections of Certain Foreign Travelers Saudi Arabia Requiring Employers to Provide Health Insurance for Foreign Workers September 2014 Visa Bulletin Released As announced earlier this week, the U.S. Department of State has released the September 2014 ...

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EIG Week in Review (Aug 8, 2014)
August 12, 2014

Highlights UPDATE:  "Significant Progress" in State Department Consular Database Performance Singaporean Employment Pass Changes Take Effect Norway Raises Salary Requirements for Non-EU Workers Vietnamese Immigration Changes Coming in 2015  UPDATE:  "Significant Progress" in State Department Consular Database Performance The U.S. Department of State reported that it has made significant progress in issuing ...

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EIG Week in Review (Aug 1, 2014)
August 1, 2014

Highlights UPDATE:  State Department Global Database Crash UPDATE:  USCIS Conducting Site Visits for L-1 Petitions UPDATE:  Irish Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014 Signed into Law Foreign Workers in Italy Who Lose Employment May Obtain One-Year Permit of Stay  Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda Remove Immigration Barriers to Facilitate Cross-Border Businesses UPDATE:  State Department ...

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EIG Week in Review (July 25, 2014)
July 25, 2014

Highlights New Biometrics Requirements for Children Applying for UK Visas State Department Global Database Crashes Dual Irish-UK Visa Coming Soon for Short-Term Visitors  Australia Permanently Extends SmartGate Program to Singaporean Nationals Belgium Lessens Immigration Requirements for Volunteer Workers and IT Specialists New Biometrics Requirements for Children Applying for UK Visas The United ...

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EIG Week in Review (July 18, 2014)
July 25, 2014

Highlights New Italian Visa Available for Foreign Entrepreneurs EU Court of Justice Strikes Down German Language Requirement for Spouses of Turkish Nationals Conclusion of Ramadan Expected to Cause Visa Processing Delays New Italian Visa Available for Foreign Entrepreneurs Italy recently launched a self-employment startup visa for foreign entrepreneurs. Specifically, non-EU nationals ...

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EIG Week in Review (July 11, 2014)
July 25, 2014

Highlights Malaysia to Become Member of U.S. Visa Waiver Program August 2014 Visa Bulletin Released Canadian CAN+ Program Now Available for Indian Nationals Taiwan Proposes Amendments to Employment Immigration Laws Malaysia to Become Member of U.S. Visa Waiver Program After a series of successful negotiations between President Barack Obama, Prime Minister ...

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EIG Week in Review (July 3, 2014)
July 8, 2014

Highlights • Holiday Weekend Travel Advisory • Malaysia Implements Advanced Immigration System • H-1B Workers Targeted in Phone Scam • Russia Imposes Language Requirements for Visa Applicants • India Offers New Visa for Afghan Nationals Holiday Weekend Travel Advisory The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has issued a travel warning, reminding ...

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EIG Week in Review (June 27, 2014)
July 8, 2014

Highlights • Latin American Pacific Alliance Countries to Offer Work Visa for Young Professionals • Xi'an Labor Bureau Requiring Interviews for Chinese Work Permit Applications • Senate Confirms New Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services • Changes in Korean Immigration Policy for Real Estate Investors Latin American Pacific Alliance ...

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EIG Week in Review (June 20, 2014)
June 23, 2014

Highlights Update: French Immigration Reform Canada Changes Definition of "Dependent Child" for Immigration Purposes Projected Changes to Chinese Immigration Policies Smart Gate Program to Minimize Immigration Wait Times in Dubai Airports Update:  French Immigration Reform We previously reported that French immigration reform is expected from newly-elected French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.   As ...

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EIG Week in Review (June 13, 2014)
June 23, 2014

Highlights 2014 FIFA World Cup Causing Brazilian Visa Processing Delays U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Johnson Announces DACA Renewal Process South Korea Implements New Requirements for Visa Extensions and Increases Fees U.S. State Department Issues Travel Advisory for Djibouti  New Program Allows for 24-Hour Expedited Processing and Reduced Rates for Vietnamese ...

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EIG Week in Review (June 6, 2014)
June 23, 2014

Highlights Nonimmigrants Visa Processing For Third Country Nationals Suspended Throughout Canada This Summer South Africa’s New Immigration Laws Aim at Protection of Both Locals and Foreigners U.S. Department of State Thailand Travel Alert Nonimmigrant Visa Processing For Third Country Nationals Suspended Throughout Canada This Summer All U.S. consular posts throughout ...

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EIG Week in Review (May 30, 2014)
June 23, 2014

Highlights Singapore Introduces New Advertising Obligations for Employment Pass Sponsors U.S. Department of State Halts the Issuance of Visa Numbers for China EB-3 Cases  USCIS Announces New Form I-693 Medical Exam Policy Updated U.S. Visa Procedures Implemented in Japan Singapore Introduces New Advertising Obligations for Employment Pass Sponsors Effective August 1, ...

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EIG Week in Review (May 23, 2014)
May 23, 2014

Highlights APEC Business Travel Card Coming Soon for Eligible U.S. Citizens Proposed Changes to Irish Employment Permit Regime Additional Requirements for Turkish Dependent Residence Permits APEC Business Travel Card Coming Soon for Eligible U.S. Citizens Effective June 12, 2014, eligible U.S. citizens will be able to apply for a U.S. ...