Immigration Blog

Our immigration blog brings you the latest trends, policy, and news in immigration.

  • New Zealand: INZ Offers Direct Advice to Employers on Accreditation Delay

    New Zealand: INZ Offers Direct Advice to Employers on Accreditation Delay

    Immigration New Zealand’s (INZ) principal lawyer Aaron Martin released a blog post with further insights on recent Accreditation Visa Program delays.

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  • UK: Home Office to Begin Requesting Paychecks from Sponsored Workers

    UK: Home Office to Begin Requesting Paychecks from Sponsored Workers

    The UK Home Office has begun requesting the proof of employment from employers for any sponsored foreign nationals.

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  • Global: CPLP Member States Sign Mobility Agreement

    Global: CPLP Member States Sign Mobility Agreement

    CPLP has officially signed a mobility agreement that will permit the granting of visas and residence permits as well as the movement of its citizens within member states.

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  • USCIS Permits Some TPS Applicants to File Initial Applications Online

    USCIS Permits Some TPS Applicants to File Initial Applications Online

    USCIS has announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) applicants from five countries can submit their initial TPS applications online.

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  • USCIS Announces Closure of Biometrics Processing Unit in Alexandria, VA

    USCIS Announces Closure of Biometrics Processing Unit in Alexandria, VA

    USCIS has closed its Biometrics Processing Unit (BPU) in Alexandria, VA.

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  • USCIS Begins Second Round of Random Selections for FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations

    USCIS Begins Second Round of Random Selections for FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations

    USCIS has announced a second round of random selections for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B cap. Individuals with selected registrations will receive a selection notice in their myUSCIS account.

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  • Canada: New Regulatory Protections for Temporary FN Workers

    Canada: New Regulatory Protections for Temporary FN Workers

    On July 26, 2021, Carla Qualtrough and the Minister of IRCC announced new regulations providing added protections for temporary foreign workers.

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  • Australia: Temporary 50% Passenger Cut for Inbound Travelers

    Australia: Temporary 50% Passenger Cut for Inbound Travelers

    Australia’s National Cabinet has temporarily reduced international passenger arrival caps by 50% to alleviate pressure on quarantine and health facilities.

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  • Finland: New Guidance for Vaccinated Travelers

    Finland: New Guidance for Vaccinated Travelers

    Starting July 26th, with proof of vaccination, fully vaccinated travelers can enter the country.

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  • United Kingdom: New Skilled Worker Pilot Program to Launch, Reducing Barriers to Entry

    United Kingdom: New Skilled Worker Pilot Program to Launch, Reducing Barriers to Entry

    The UK Home Office has added a tentative piece of legislation to the Skilled Worker program, streamlining the immigration process for skilled worker refugees and displaced foreign nationals.

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  • U.S. Extends North American Land Border Closures Through August 21, 2021

    U.S. Extends North American Land Border Closures Through August 21, 2021

    Due to COVID-19, the U.S. government will extend existing U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada land border closures through Aug. 21, 2021.

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  • Poland: Business Harbor Program Expanded for More Nationalities

    Poland: Business Harbor Program Expanded for More Nationalities

    Nationals of Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine are now eligible to apply for the Business Harbor program. A work permit is not required.

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  • Canada:  Relaxed Border Restrictions for U.S. Travelers Coming August 9, 2021

    Canada: Relaxed Border Restrictions for U.S. Travelers Coming August 9, 2021

    On August 9, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EDT, fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents can enter Canada for non-essential, discretionary travel.

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  • Federal District Judge in Texas Halts DACA

    Federal District Judge in Texas Halts DACA

    A federal judge in Texas blocked the DACA program from moving forward. Current recipients are not affected, but new applications will not be accepted.

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  • Peru: Updated Entry Requirements

    Peru: Updated Entry Requirements

    Peru’s Ministry of Migration, Tourism and Travel has announced updated entry requirements for all travelers.

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  • Canada: New Work Permit for Pending Permanent Residence Applications

    Canada: New Work Permit for Pending Permanent Residence Applications

    Canada announces new work permit for pending permanent residence applications.

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  • United Arab Emirates: Coders Now Eligible for Golden Visas

    United Arab Emirates: Coders Now Eligible for Golden Visas

    The UAE has announced a new initiative to attract more software developers and coders to the country over the next five years.

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  • August 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    August 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    The State Department has released the August 2021 Visa Bulletin, which brings advancement in multiple employment-based categories.

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  • Netherlands: Family Reunification Salary Thresholds Updated 

    Netherlands: Family Reunification Salary Thresholds Updated 

    The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment updated the monthly salary requirements for Family Reunification applications.

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  • Switzerland: EU and Switzerland To Accept Each Other’s COVID-19 Digital Travel Certificates

    Switzerland: EU and Switzerland To Accept Each Other’s COVID-19 Digital Travel Certificates

    Starting July 9, Switzerland and the EU will accept each other’s COVID-19 travel certificates.

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