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Tag: Global Immigration Management

Global Immigration Management
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Thailand Targets the “S-Curve” with New Visa Program. 
February 6, 2018

Effective February 1, Thailand’s SMART Visa now offers a four-year validity to highly-skilled foreign workers, executives, and investors in 10 targeted industries. The Board of Investment program is aimed at improving its “S-Curve” industries, including next-generation automotive works; smart electronics; agriculture and biotechnology; automation and robotics; aviation and logistics; ...

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UK Doubles Healthcare Fees for Foreign Nationals
February 6, 2018

The United Kingdom requires foreign nationals to pay for healthcare as a requirement for immigration applications. The government has announced a plan to double the upfront Immigrant Health Surcharge from £200 to £400 per year for individuals outside the European Economic Area who are seeking to live ...

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China Extends Visa Validity for Foreign Nationals with Chinese Heritage
February 6, 2018

China has recently introduced a new 5-year visa program available to foreigners of Chinese ethnicity. The Ministry of Public Security announced that the visa allows temporary residence and multiple entries and exits within this period. The extension was enacted to boost China’s economic development, explore cultural exchange, and allow ...

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UK Issues New Requirement for Applicants Seeking Permanent Residence
January 30, 2018

In January, UK’s Home Office announced changes to how it will calculate absences in connection with applications for permanent residence, or, “Indefinite Leave to Remain.” Qualified Applicants must now demonstrate a continuous period of residence in the UK in any rolling twelve-month period. The new rule no longer ...

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Additional Information Required for Singapore’s Employment Passes
January 30, 2018

On January 26, 2018, Singapore started requiring all employers to provide their foreign employees’ contact details to complete transactions on the Ministry of Manpower’s EP Online system. EIG currently requests these details upon initiation of related matters and underscores the importance of completing all requested information, as these ...

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El Salvadoran Refugees to Head North after Trump ends TPS
January 23, 2018

The Trump administration has announced its intention to end the Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) program for citizens of El Salvador living in the United States, a population of roughly 200,000 people. The administration intends to terminate the TPS program for Salvadorans on September 9, 2019, despite many having U.S. citizen children ...

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EIG Dispatch – April 17, 2015
April 17, 2015

  Highlights Change in Worksite Location Requires H-1B Amendment Indian OCI Card Replaces PIO Card Scheme H-1B Cap Premium Processing to Begin April 27, 2015 Change in Worksite Location Requires H-1B Amendment On April 9th, 2015, the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (“AAO”) entered an interim decision in the Matter of Simeio ...

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EIG Dispatch – April 10, 2015
April 10, 2015

  Highlights U.S. Consulate in Toronto Only Accepting Visa Appointments from Canadian Nationals South Africa Gives BRICS Nationals Port of Entry Visas USCIS Reaches FY2016 H-1B Cap U.S. Consulate in Toronto Only Accepting Visa Appointments from Canadian Nationals The U.S. Consulate in Toronto has notified EIG that due to the high ...

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EIG Dispatch – April 3, 2015
April 10, 2015

Highlights My H-1B Cap Case Was Filed, What Now? New Work Visa Launched in Chile Foreign Nationals Can Now File Thailand's 90-Day Report Online My H-1B Cap Case Was Filed, What Now? On April 1, 2015, the H-1B Cap was opened and USCIS began to receive new H-1B visa filings. ...

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EIG Dispatch – March 27, 2015
April 10, 2015

Highlights USCIS Issues L-1B Policy Guidance Changes to the Requirements for Philippine 47(a)(2) Visa Holders Thailand Clarifies the Definition of "Working" USCIS Issues L-1B Policy Guidance On March 24, 2015, USCIS released a Policy Memorandum which provides guidance on L-1B adjudications and which consolidates and supersedes previously issued policy memos. ...

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EIG Dispatch – March 20, 2015
March 20, 2015

Highlights Ireland's Critical Skills Permit Renewals Now Require Additional Documentation Denial Rates Increases for L-1B Petitions Ireland's Critical Skills Permit Renewals Now Require Additional Documentation Beginning April 1, 2015, foreign nationals renewing their Critical Skills Employment Permit or Green Card Employment Permit must now submit a support letter from ...

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EIG Dispatch – March 13, 2015
March 13, 2015

Highlights H-2B Adjudications Temporarily Suspended by USCIS Changes Made to UK's Tier 2 Work Visas and Visitor Visas DHS Urges Optional Practical Training Expansion Judgment H-2B Adjudications Temporarily Suspended by USCIS  Following the federal court order in Perez v. Perez, USCIS announced on March 9, 2015, that it will temporarily ...

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EIG Dispatch – March 6, 2015
March 6, 2015

Highlights House Judiciary Committee Passes Mandatory E-Verify Legislation UK Introduces "Super Priority" Visa Processing Option for U.S. Applicants India Consulates in the UK now Require Biometrics Long-Term Visas Available to Business Travelers in South Africa from Certain Countries  House Judiciary Committee Passes Mandatory E-Verify Legislation The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary ...

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EIG Dispatch – February 6, 2015
February 6, 2015

Highlights Canada Kicks Off Express Entry Program Russian Nationals Required to Carry International Passports to Enter Ukraine Government Closures and Travel Delays in East and Southeast Asia Expected Due to Lunar New Year UK Introduces Biometric Residence Permits for Non-EEA Foreign Nationals Canada Kicks Off Express Entry Program As an update ...

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EIG Dispatch – January 30, 2015
January 30, 2015

Highlights India Merges its Person of Indian Origin and Overseas Citizens of India Schemes Hong Kong Announces New Immigration Measures for Foreign National Professionals and Entrepreneurs Job-Training Visas Now Available in Czech Republic Introducing: EIG Insights India Merges its Person of Indian Origin and Overseas Citizens of India Schemes India’s government ...

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EIG Dispatch – January 23, 2015
January 23, 2015

Highlights EIG Preparing for H-1B Cap Season One Stop Service Center in Bangkok Requires Certified Corporate Documents for Certain Applications Three-Year Work Permits Now Available in Beijing Dutch Court Rules that Japanese Nationals No Longer Need Work Permits EIG Preparing for H-1B Cap Season April 1, 2015 marks the first day ...

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EIG Dispatch – January 16, 2015
January 16, 2015

Highlights Israel and France Increase Prevailing Wages for Certain Foreign Employees MyE-Verify Accounts Expand to 16 More States DHS Considering "Known Employer" Pilot Program U.S. Senators Introduce Immigration Innovation Act of 2015 Israel and France Increase Prevailing Wages for Certain Foreign Employees Israel's government has increased the prevailing wage employers are required ...

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EIG Dispatch – January 9, 2015
January 9, 2015

Highlights ACR Holders in the Philippines Required to Appear in Person by March 1, 2015  Malaysia Institutes New Income Requirements for Sponsoring Dependents Vietnam No Longer Issuing Multiple-Entry Business Visas on Arrival  South Africa Allows ICT Work Visa Holders to Apply for Two-Year Extension ACR Holders in the Philippines Required ...

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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 19, 2014
December 19, 2014

Highlights U.S. to Restore Diplomatic and Economic Ties with Cuba  Netherlands Increases Minimum Salary Levels for Certain Foreign Workers  Singapore Announces Changes to Employment Pass Process U.S. to Restore Diplomatic and Economic Ties with Cuba President Obama on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 announced that he would normalize relations between 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 Dispatch – December 5, 2014
December 5, 2014

Highlights U.S. House of Representatives Vote to Block President Obama's Executive Order on Immigration UPDATE: Russia Continues to Implement More Changes for Highly Qualified Specialists in 2015 United Kingdom Announces Expansion of 24 Hour Visa Service UPDATE: India Extends Visa on Arrival Program to 43 Countries  UPDATE: Canada to Launch an Express Entry Program ...

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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 (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 ...