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UK Immigration: SMS Request Premium Service Announced for Future Implementation

The UK Home Office has announced plans to offer an optional premium service for requests made through the Sponsor Management System (SMS). This service will allow Sponsors to pay a fee of £200 for expedited processing of...more

Update on EEA applications for UK Permanent Residence

Due to continuing uncertainty following the Brexit vote, EEA nationals who qualify are acting now to secure their right to stay in the UK. No doubt to help with the influx of applications received from EEA nationals, the Home...more

UK Visas & Immigration provide premium sponsor licence

From October 2016, for an additional fee of £200, sponsors will be able to subscribe to a new optional premium service. This will enable sponsors licensed under Tier 2 and Tier 5 to have Sponsor Management System (SMS)...more

2018 Diversity Visa Lottery Program: Cuba, Ecuador, and Guatemala Eligible to Register

For the 26th year, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has issued registration instructions for the annual Diversity Visa (DV) lottery. Registration for the 2018 lottery opens 12 noon eastern daylight time (EDT) on October 4,...more

2018 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens in Two Weeks

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2018 opens Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 4, 2016 and noon on November 7, 2016,...more

Who is Eligible for Parole Under the International Entrepreneur Rule?

Last month, U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) announced a proposed rule that would allow certain international entrepreneurs to enter the U.S. for a period of up to two years so that they could start or scale...more

Electronic Travel Authorization Becomes Mandatory

On September 29, 2016 the leniency period will end and all visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada will require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). An eTA can be obtained through an online pre-screening...more

2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Announced

On September 16, 2016, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) published a notice in the Federal Register on the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2018). This Congressionally-mandated program provides visas for a class of...more

EEOC Renews Collaborative Agreements With Mexican Consulates in Pacific Northwest

Offices Agree to Work Together to Fight Discrimination - SEATTLE - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today with the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle....more

International Entrepreneurs New Proposed Work Authorization for Founders of Start-Up’s And a Comparison to Other Visa Options

On August 31, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed an “International Entrepreneur” (I.E.) rule that would allow qualifying foreign investors to develop and grow their start-up companies in the United...more

EEOC's Milwaukee Area Office and Mexican Consulate Sign Historic Cooperation Agreement

Offices Agree to Work Together to Fight Discrimination - MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Area Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Milwaukee this...more

DHS Proposes Long-Awaited International Entrepreneur Rule

On August 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released advance notice of proposed rulemaking designed to encourage and facilitate entrepreneurship within the United States. The notice was published in the...more

September 2016 UK Immigration Update

New developments include a number of Immigration Act provisions, changes to the recording of right-to-work checks, and early invitations to sponsor licence extension applications. Although the United Kingdom has voted in...more

Cuando Sali De Cuba – The Surprising Incongruence in Immigration Benefits between Cubans and the Rest of Latin Americans

I was a Spanish and Portuguese major at the United States Military Academy a long time ago. In those days, I saw my future as five years of military services and then on to graduate school to get a degree in Latin American...more

Breaking the Expat Myth in the United Arab Emirates

With the transient nature of this country, there are a number of misconceptions about the UAE criminal law, especially among expatriates. Hassan Elhais, Legal Consultant in Dubai, Femina ME’s guest columnist, tells us about...more

Back to Work from Travel Abroad? Check Your Form I-94!

As foreign national employees come back from summer vacations and travel abroad, one of the most overlooked immigration documents and pitfalls is Form I-94. If Form I-94 is issued for a shorter validity period than the...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - August, 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: FAA's new drone laws go into effect Monday, allowing US companies to innovate - The regulatory scheme around civilian drones is still taking shape, but the...more

Considerations for Travel to Iran to Explore Relaxed Trade Opportunities

Before booking your airfare, be mindful of these potential issues. In light of liberalized trade with Iran made possible by the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC’s) General License H and the relaxation of US...more

Proposed International Entrepreneur Rule Gives Startup Founders Temporary Stay in U.S.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week proposed a new rule that will allow certain immigrant startup founders to receive “parole” or temporary permission to...more

Are Foreign Nationals on H-1B Work Visas Eligible for FMLA Leave?

Over the past few months, I’ve been asked by clients whether foreign nationals who are in the United States on work visas are eligible for FMLA leave. Honestly, I didn’t know the answer to the question when I was first...more

New Immigration Rule to Welcome Start-Up Foreign Entrepreneurs

Following up on President Obama’s proposal to acknowledge the global marketplace of ideas and leverage current immigration law to encourage entrepreneurship and economic growth, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service...more

U.S. Immigration Proposes Solution for International Entrepreneurs

Current visa options limit the ability of foreign national entrepreneurs to start and grow companies in the United States. As a result, the United States is less able to attract the world’s very best and most innovative...more

Proposed Rule to Benefit Certain Immigrant Startup Entrepreneurs

Qualified applicants would be granted parole in United States for up to five years. On August 26, 2016, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an advance copy of a proposed rule that would extend...more

How to Avoid Discrimination in Hiring, While Complying with Export Laws

Imagine your company has employed a research scientist to support your technology programs. The scientist is a citizen of the People’s Republic of China and holds an H-1B visa, but is not authorized to view certain...more

Saudi Arabia Update - August 2016

Legal developments - Labour and employment developments - Employee health insurance – inspections forthcoming - Joint inspections will be carried out by the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance (CCHI) and...more

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