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U.S. CITIZENSHIP & IMMIGRATION SERVICES (CIS) ANNOUNCES THE H-2B CAP HAS BEEN REACHED

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 2, 2015 that it had received enough H-2B petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap for the first half of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. …more
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UKRAINE – WORK PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS STREAMLINED

The Cabinet of Ministers in the Ukraine recently amended the procedures for work permit applications. These changes are expected to reduce processing times and provide a more streamlined application process. The principal…more
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VENEZUELA – Diplomatic Developments Affect U.S. and Venezuelan Visas

On March 2, the Venezuelan government announced that the United States has been removed from the list of nations whose citizens do not require a visa to enter Venezuela for tourist purposes. U.S. nationals seeking to enter…more
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ACT NOW – H-1B FILING DATE APPROACHING RAPIDLY

In just under four weeks, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions filed under the Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016) H-1B quota. No more than 85,000 new…more
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CERTAIN H-4 SPOUSES ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR WORK AUTHORIZATION BEGINNING MAY 26TH

On Tuesday, February 24th, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the extension of employment authorization benefits to certain H-4 spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants working in the United States. Beginning May…more
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CANADA – NEW FILING FEES AND PROCEDURES FOR LMIA-EXEMPT WORK PERMIT APPLICATIONS

Effective February 21, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will implement new procedures for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt Work Permit applications, which include Intra-Company Transfer, NAFTA Professional,…more
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DAPA AND DACA EXPANSION HALTED BY FEDERAL COURT

On Monday, February 16th, Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Brownsville Division granted a temporary injunction halting key elements of the President’s recent immigration executive…more
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BRAZIL - REQUIREMENTS FOR PROOF OF WORK EXPERIENCE SIMPLIFIED

The Brazilian Ministry of Labor and Employment has published new orders simplifying the requirements for proof of minimum work experience. Previously, only a legalized letter directly from the former employer was deemed…more
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EB-2 INDIA AND CHINA CUT-OFF DATES ADVANCE SIGNIFICANTLY IN MARCH

The U.S. Department of State has published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for March 2015, announcing significant advances in visa availability under the EB-2 preference category for applicants born in India and China…more
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MALAYSIA – NEW DEPENDENT PASS REQUIREMENT AND POTENTIAL DELAYS IN EMPLOYMENT PASS ADJUDICATION

A higher salary threshold has been set for Employment Pass (EP) holders employed by Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) registered companies who wish to sponsor Dependent Passes…more
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COLOMBIA – MERCOSUR TEMPORARY RESIDENCE VISA (TP-15) NOW AVAILABLE TO NON-MERCOSUR DEPENDENTS

Mercosur is a South American customs union and trading block which includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela as full members; Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as associate members; and Guyana and…more
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EB-2 INDIA AND EB-3 CHINA CUT-OFF DATES ADVANCE SIGNIFICANTLY IN FEBRUARY – FURTHER ADVANCES LIKELY IN COMING MONTHS

The U.S. Department of State has published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for February 2015, announcing significant advances in visa availability under the EB-2 preference category for applicants born in India, the EB-3 preference…more
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H-1B SEASON IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING – PLAN NOW FOR FILING NEW H-1B PETITIONS ON APRIL 1, 2015

In less than three months, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions filed under the Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016) H-1B quota. No more than 85,000 new…more
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CHINA - NEW CLARIFICATION REGARDING AUTHORIZED WORK ACTIVITIES DURING SHORT-TERM VISITS

China has implemented new regulations, effective January 1, 2015, which clarify the types of short-term activities that may be performed without obtaining work authorization and a work visa. The new regulations should enable…more
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PHILIPPINES - ANNUAL IN-PERSON REPORTING REQUIREMENT FOR ALL REGISTERED ALIENS

The Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in the Philippines requires that all registered aliens make an in-person reporting appearance to the BI office with jurisdiction over their residence within the first sixty (60)…more
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