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Permanent Residence Cards

USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

by Cozen O'Connor on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification...more

EEA – permanent residence applications

by Dentons on

Applicants use Form EEA (PR) to apply for, replace or renew a document certifying permanent residence or a permanent residence card. On 12 April 2017 the Home Office updated its guidance notes setting out information...more

It's H-1B Season: Employers Get Ready for April 1, 2017 Deadline

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Advocates, employers, and employees are in a state of suspense in anticipation of potential changes to the H-1B program. The H-1B visa allows foreign workers to be employed in certain "specialty occupations," which are...more

New Standard May Make It Easier For Foreign Nationals To Get National Interest Waiver

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Administrative Appeals Office has issued a precedent decision in Matter of Dhanasar that sets new and broader standards for assessing eligibility for permanent resident status...more

Legal Alert - IMMIGRATION UPDATE: Executive Order’s Travel Ban Creates Chaos for Foreign Workers and Their Employers

by Snell & Wilmer on

Late on Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order immediately suspending the ability of citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to enter the United Sates for a period of 90...more

Matter of Dhanasar Breathes New Life into NIW Green Card Category

At the end of the 2016 calendar year, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) published a welcome precedent decision, Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016). In this case, the AAO has significantly revised the...more

DHS Announces Changes to U.S. & Cuba Migration Policies

by Cozen O'Connor on

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced changes to the policies and regulations affecting Cuban nationals. DHS stated the “changes represent another important step in the normalization of...more

Matter of Dhanasar: A New Standard for National Interest Waivers in the United States

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On December 27, 2016, the AAO issued a decision that modifies the standards for granting a National Interest Waiver (NIW) in Matter of Dhanasar. This decision will impact thousands of applicants seeking U.S. permanent...more

USCIS Overhauls Eligibility Standard for National Interest Waivers

In a recent precedent decision issued through its Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has created a new and flexible analytical framework for determining whether a foreign...more

Canada to Overhaul the Express Entry Permanent Residency Eligibility Requirements

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Canada to significantly alter the Permanent Residency eligibility requirements under the Express Entry points-based program. The following alert is relevant to organizations with a presence in...more

Delays in Canadian Immigration Online Application Filings: Technical Difficulties Persist

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) electronic application processing systems have been experiencing significant technical difficulties since October 17, 2016. Consequently, there have been...more

UK Home Office Launches Online Application and Check and Send Service

by Morgan Lewis on

EEA and Swiss nationals applying for a registration certificate or permanent residence can now apply online and avoid the need to surrender their passports. The UK Home Office recently launched two new services for...more

2018 Green Card Lottery Registration

by Mintz Levin on

On October 1, 2016, the US Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2018), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a...more

Electronic Travel Authorization Becomes Mandatory

by Field Law on

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

September 2016 UK Immigration Update

by Morgan Lewis on

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

We’re Married! Let’s Move to the U.S.! – Bringing Your Foreign-Citizen Spouse Into the U.S. (July 2020)

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

It may be surprising, but moving to the U.S. with your foreign-citizen spouse is not as simple as you might imagine. If you are a U.S. citizen working abroad and considering moving back to the U.S. with your foreign-citizen...more

China Eases Requirements for Foreigner Permanent Residency Applications

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In February 2016, China’s General Office of the State Council issued its Opinion on Strengthening Management of the Service for Foreigners’ Permanent Residency (“Opinion”), setting out a framework for the development of less...more

Department of Homeland Security Proposes USCIS Fee Increases

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed increasing the fees that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) charges for certain immigration and naturalization filings. The proposal...more

Final Policy Memorandum Provides Needed Predictability and Guidance on Job Portability Determinations

On March 18, 2016, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a final policy memorandum that offers guidance on determining whether a new job is in “the same or similar occupational classification”...more

2nd Circuit Court Requires I-140 Revocation Notice: Analysis

On December 30, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that US Citizenship and Immigration Services (SUCIS) must notify either the beneficiary of an approved I-140 or successor employer, of any intent to...more

Worth the Wait: Will USCIS Draft Policy Guidance Bring Greater Job Portability and Career Advancement for Foreign Workers and...

On November 20, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a highly anticipated draft policy memorandum for public review and comment that provides guidance to USCIS Immigration Services...more

Immigration News Flash: 2017 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens October 1, 2015!

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2017 opens Thursday, October 1, 2015. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 1, 2015, and noon on November 3,...more

Um recado na parede – a crescente maré de imigrantes: Posições dos candidatos à presidência sobre a reforma imigratória

by Gerald Nowotny on

Panorama - Nos últimos meses a imprensa americana tem feito a cobertura da Campanha Presidencial do Partido Republicano com a mesma intensidade que na Copa do Mundo. Uma das questões políticas que está no centro das...more

Department of State Releases October 2015 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

A new category of “filing” cutoff dates has been introduced to allow for earlier filing of adjustment of status applications and immigrant visa applications. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its October 2015...more

Tax-Savvy Planning for Foreign Business Owners Seeking Temporary U.S. Residence: Alternatives to the EB-5 Visa

by Gerald Nowotny on

The EB-5 Visa program has been widely promoted as a legal basis for foreign business owners to gain conditional residency followed by permanent residency in the United States. The program is a great solution to the...more

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