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Department of State Releases January 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates in the EB-2 India category remain severely backlogged, cutoff dates in EB-3 for the Rest of the World advance by seven months, cutoff dates for China advance by nine months, and EB-3 China is still ahead of EB-2...more

Ringing in the New Year: A Summary of New Employment Laws for 2015

With the use of more than a few pens, the Governor of California has enacted more than 50 new laws related to employment, some of which affect all employers, and others that affect only specific industries. Unfortunately for...more

Be Global - November 2014

UK: Potential for significant increase in cost of holiday pay - The UK Employment Appeal Tribunal recently handed down judgment in the closely watched appeals in a number of cases concerning the calculation of holiday...more

U.S. & China Extend Visas for Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students

As a reminder, following a meeting with President Xi Jinping from the People’s Republic of China to discuss U.S. and China foreign relations in November of this year, President Obama announced changes to certain visas issued...more

Why is My I-94 Expiration Date Different from My Form I-797 or Visa?

Form I-94 is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Arrival/Departure Record issued by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to foreign nationals admitted to the U.S. Form I-94 designates the duration of authorized...more

More than Amnesty – How Obama’s Executive Action Will Impact Your Business and Foreign Workers

On November 20, 2014, President Obama unveiled a broad executive action overhauling our immigration system. While the rest of the world will continue debating aspects of the law related to border security and temporary relief...more

U.S. and China Strike Visa Deal

The United States and China announced an agreement on November 10, 2014 whereby visitors to both countries will now be able to apply for 10-year multiple entry visas. Previously visitors to both countries could only apply...more

Department of State Releases December 2014 Visa Bulletin

The Bulletin shows that cutoff dates in the EB-2 India category remain severely backlogged, cutoff dates in EB-3 for the Rest of the World and China advance by five months, and EB-3 China is now ahead of EB-2 China....more

U.S. and China Reach Agreement to Issue Extended Visas

Effective today the U.S. Department of State has extended the maximum visa validity period from one (1) to ten (10) years for Chinese nationals seeking a B-1/B-2 (business/tourist) visitor visa. This change comes on the heels...more

Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand: Entry Into New Zealand

ENTRY TO NEW ZEALAND - A visa or permit is not required to visit New Zealand if the visitor is an Australian citizen, British citizen, or a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand...more

Changes to the UK Immigration Rules

The changes relate to amendments being made to the Tier 2 category, business visitors, and several Tier 1 categories and will affect employers in the UK....more

Department of State Releases November 2014 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows severe retrogression of cutoff date in EB-2 India category; meanwhile, the cutoff date in all other employment-based categories will advance. EB-3 China will once again move ahead of EB-2 China....more

Special Immigration Alert: 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Begins on October 1, 2014, and Ends on November 3, 2014

The Department of State ("DOS") just announced the registration period for the DV-2016 Diversity Visa ("DV-2016") lottery. It began on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) and will conclude on Monday,...more

Russia: Citizens with Dual Citizenship Have to Inform Migration Services of Their Second Citizenship

As of August 4, 2014, citizens with dual citizenship have to inform Migration Services of their second citizenship. Criminal liability for non-compliance with the requirements is fee from RUB 200,000 or compulsory community...more

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Corporate Immigration 2014

What are the main sources of immigration law in Germany? -The main source is the German Immigration Act (Zuwanderungsgesetz), which is composed of the German Residence Act (Aufenthaltsgesetz) for non-EU citizens and...more

Moore & Van Allen Immigration Update

Over the past three years, the L-1 Intracompany Transferee visa category has come under higher scrutiny from USCIS. Petitions for both L-1A Executive/Manager and L-1B Specialized Knowledge classifications continue to be...more

Top employment issues in the Middle East in 2014 and beyond

The Middle East, with its booming and increasingly diversified economy and rapid population growth, is a popular region for expansion by many foreign multinational companies. But multinationals targeting the Middle...more

Skilled & Educated Immigrants Move to Germany

According to statistics issued by the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Germany was only second to the United States in the number of skilled and educated immigrants it received in 2012....more

Settlement Highlights Need for Compliance with U.S. Export Control Rules When Sponsoring Foreign Workers

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security recently reached a $115,000 civil settlement agreement with a California-based global technology company on the basis that it violated several export control...more

Doing Business in Canada: Immigration Restrictions

IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS - This section provides a general overview of immigration solutions for foreigners entering Canada as business visitors or temporary workers, including basic information about the visa...more

Availability of Non-Immigrant Visa Appointments in Canada Extremely Limited During Summer Months

The U.S. Department of State recently announced that due to increasingly heavy demand by Canada-based visa applicants, the seven U.S. visa processing posts in Canada are extremely limited in their ability to accept Third...more

Significant Changes to South African Immigration

The Critical Skills Work Visa is a newly introduced category which will replace the Quota and Exceptional Skills work permits. The role must be listed on the current Critical Skills list, and the applicant must obtain written...more

Immigration Corner: E-Verify Not an Impenetrable Shield, H-4 Spouses May Soon be Looking for Work, More Trips to the Doctor for...

E-Verify offers a tool to assist employers in verifying employment/immigration status for prospective employees, but it should not be mistaken for protection during an I-9 audit. On March 26, 2014, the Office of the Chief...more

Commuting to the United States as a Permanent Resident: ‘Alien Commuters’ or ‘Green Card Commuters’

Generally, a foreign national who is a permanent resident of the United States must reside permanently in the United States or else risk losing permanent resident status. However, persons who have been granted U.S. permanent...more

Global Immigration Bulletin - Practice and Regulation Changes

INDIA - Several years ago, the Indian government began outsourcing some of its consular work to private companies in certain locations around the world. These "outsourcing partners" are generally charged with receiving...more

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