FosterQuan,LLP

600 Travis Street Suite 2000
Houston, TX 77002-2911, United States

Contact: Steve Stasny, Manager, Client Relations

SINGAPORE: NEW EMPLOYMENT PASS REQUIREMENTS TO GO IN EFFECT ON AUGUST 1, 2014

As discussed in our Immigration Update from October 22, 2013, beginning August 1, 2014, the Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will require employers to run advertisements prior to hiring foreign nationals for open positions…more
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CANADA REDUCES "DEPENDENT" AGE TO 18

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced that effective August 1, 2014, the cutoff age for qualification as a ‘dependent’ under Canadian immigration law will be reduced to age 18…more
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CANADA IMPLEMENTS NEW CRITERIA FOR INTRA-COMPANY TRANSFER AND TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER PROGRAMS

In their continued effort to protect the Canadian labor force, Employment and Social Development Canada has announced significant changes to the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) process. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) also…more
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JULY VISA BULLETIN – FOUR-YEAR ADVANCE FOR EB-2 INDIA

The Department of State (DOS) has published the July 2014 Visa Bulletin, announcing that the cut-off date for the employment-based, second preference (EB-2) immigrant visa category for applicants born in India will advance…more
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EUROPEAN UNION: EU DIRECTIVE 2014/66 ESTABLISHES SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO INTRA-COMPANY TRANSFER WORK PERMIT PROCESSES

Citing the increased trend of job relocations within multinational companies, the European parliament and the Council of the EU has adopted Directive 2014/66, which seeks to streamline and harmonize intra-company transfer (ICT)…more
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DHS ANNOUNCES PROCESS FOR RENEWAL OF DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)

Today, Secretary Johnson of the Department of Homeland Security announced that individuals previously approved for DACA may now apply to renew their DACA enrollment and employment authorization for an additional two years…more
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.S. CONSULATES IN CANADA SUSPEND THIRD-COUNTRY-NATIONAL (TCN) VISA APPLICATIONS FOR THE SUMMER MONTHS

Citing increased demand for services by Canada-based visa applicants during the peak demand period of June, July and August, the U.S. Department of State confirmed yesterday that U.S. consular posts in Canada have temporarily…more
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EB-3 CHINA RETROGRESSION UPDATE

The May 2014 Visa Bulletin showed that immigrant visas were available for EB-3 China cases with priority dates of October 1, 2012 or earlier. Unfortunately, the June Visa Bulletin shows that EB-3 China cases have retrogressed by…more
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UPDATE - CIS PUBLISHES PROPOSED RULE FOR H-4 WORK AUTHORIZATION

On May 12, 2014 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule to allow certain H-4 nonimmigrants to apply for work authorization. Comments on the proposed rule are due July 11, 2014…more
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JUNE VISA BULLETIN - CHINESE EB-3 RETROGRESSION

The Department of State (DOS) has published the June 2014 Visa Bulletin announcing that the priority date for the China employment-based third preference (EB-3) category will move backwards to October 1, 2006, which is a…more
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PROPOSED RULE TO EXTEND WORK AUTHORIZATION FOR H-4 SPOUSES OF CERTAIN H-1B HOLDERS

On May 6, 2014 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the publication of a proposed rule to allow certain H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders to apply for work authorization while their H-1B spouses proceed through the…more
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- 2015 H-1B CAP REACHED

On April 7, 2014, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced that the CIS had received enough H-1B petitions to exhaust the H-1B quota (including the 20,000 for U.S. advance degree holders) for Fiscal Year 2015…more
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INDIA: CHANGES TO TOURIST VISA PROGRAM

The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released plans to expand its visa-on-arrival program to tourists from 180 countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, and Australia. The move signals a…more
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INITIATE NEW H-1B PETITIONS NOW FOR FILING APRIL 1ST

In less than two months U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions filed under the Fiscal Year 2015 (October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015) H-1B quota. No more than 85,000 new H-1B…more
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L-1 SITE VISITS EXPAND CIS FRAUD DETECTION PROGRAM

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) has announced an expansion of the agency’s Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS) site visit program to include more L-1 site visits. Under the L-1 visa program, multinational…more
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