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Global Immigration Management
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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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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’ ...

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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Kenneth Cuccinelli Named as Acting Director of USCIS
June 11, 2019

On Monday, June 10, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan announced that President Trump named Kenneth Cuccinelli II as Acting Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Mr. Cuccinelli assumed the role on the same day. While Cuccinelli has been a strong ...

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Government Accountability Office to Investigate USCIS Processing Delays
June 10, 2019

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) processing delays have been steadily increasing for many years, but the backlog has reached new highs under the Trump Administration. Earlier this year, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) issued a report on the USCIS long-delayed processing times. ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the New Social Media Account Sharing Requirement for U.S. Visa Applicants
June 7, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk about the recently announced requirement for applicants seeking a U.S. visa: sharing your social media account information for all platforms used over the past five years. How will this data be used? What is the government looking ...

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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 ...

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Mark Koumans Named as Acting Director of USCIS
June 5, 2019

On Monday, June 3, it was announced that USCIS Deputy Director Mark Koumans had been appointed as the acting director as L. Francis Cissna departs the agency. Mr. Koumans was appointed as the deputy director on May 13, 2019.  Prior to his role as the deputy ...

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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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USCIS 2018 Statistical Annual Report Shows Increase in the Number of Newly Naturalized U.S. Citizens, Decrease in H-1B Approval Rates
June 5, 2019

On May 31, 2019, USCIS released its 2018 Statistical Annual Report, the first annual report released by the agency in nearly 10 years. The report is limited to show data and statistics for the most widely-used immigrant and nonimmigrant programs from 2018, as compared to the previous ...

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U.S. Visa Applicants Required to Disclose Social Media Presence on Visa Application
June 5, 2019

As of Friday, May 31, 2019, individuals applying for U.S. Visas are now required to disclose all social media accounts they have managed in the last five years on the DS-160 form. The change has received heavy criticism as the U.S. government has released no guidance on ...

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USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna Resigns
May 28, 2019

On Friday, May 24, US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna announced his resignation via email to agency employees.  "At the request of the President, I submitted my resignation today effective June 1, 2019," he wrote. Cissna served for 20 months as the Director ...

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USCIS Goes Digital with eProcessing
May 22, 2019

On Wednesday, May 22, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a strategic shift toward a digital business model and the introduction of eProcessing. As outlined in a press release, "eProcessing will be a complete digital experience, from applying for a benefit, to communicating with ...

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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 ...

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President Trump Unveils New Immigration Program, Build America Visa
May 17, 2019

In an announcement Thursday, May 16, President Trump said the plan would create "a fair, modern, and lawful system of immigration for the United States." Scant on policy details and process, and met with criticism from Democrats and Republicans, the new immigration plan shifts the ...

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The Trump Administration to Unveil New Immigration Proposal
May 15, 2019

It is expected that President Donald Trump will introduce a new immigration proposal on Thursday, May 16 that will shift the United States' immigration system toward one that admits immigrants based on merit and not on family relationships and increases security at the southern border. The ...

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June 2019 Visa Bulletin Released
May 15, 2019

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released today the June 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably the June 2019 sees significant retrogression in the EB-1 India category, with the institution of a cut-off date of January 1, 2015. For foreign nationals born in India, the EB-1 category has ...

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Trump Administration Appoints New Deputy Director of USCIS
May 10, 2019

On Friday, May 10, the Trump administration announced that career staffer Mark Koumans would assume the role of Deputy Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Monday, May 13. Mr. Koumans replaces Tracy Renaud, who was the acting deputy director of USCIS ...