Immigration Blog

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

  • DOL Delays Effective Date of Final Wage Rule

    DOL Delays Effective Date of Final Wage Rule

    The Department of Labor has published a final rule in the Federal Register to further delay the effective date of the prevailing wage rule.

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  • USCIS Announces Updates for Rescheduling Biometrics Appointments

    USCIS Announces Updates for Rescheduling Biometrics Appointments

    Effective May 12, 2021, USCIS is permitting individuals to reschedule their biometrics services appointment.

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  • New Zealand: Key Reforms to Accredited Visa Program

    New Zealand: Key Reforms to Accredited Visa Program

    New Zealand: Beginning in November 2021, the new Accredited Work Visa and its associated requirements will go live.

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  • Ontario OINP Updates: ‘Invitations to Apply’ Opportunity for International Workers

    Ontario OINP Updates: ‘Invitations to Apply’ Opportunity for International Workers

    On May 11, 2021, the Ontario government introduced updates to the Ontario Immigrant Nomination Program (OINP).

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  • DHS Plans to Continue the International Entrepreneur Parole Program

    DHS Plans to Continue the International Entrepreneur Parole Program

    DHS will issue a proposed rule to cancel the elimination of the International Entrepreneur (IE) Parole program.

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  • Employer Green Card Trends to Watch in 2021

    Employer Green Card Trends to Watch in 2021

    Green cards continue to play an important role in foreign talent acquisition and retention for employers.

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  • USCIS Expected to Suspend Biometrics Requirements for Certain Applications

    USCIS Expected to Suspend Biometrics Requirements for Certain Applications

    Effective May 17, 2021, USCIS is expected to remove biometrics requirements for certain dependent applicants filing Form I-539 including H-4, L-2, E-1, E-2 and E-3.

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  • State Department to Alleviate Immigrant Visa Application Backlogs with Tiered System

    State Department to Alleviate Immigrant Visa Application Backlogs with Tiered System

    The U.S. State Department has announced that it will begin using a tiered system at U.S. Embassies and Consulates to reduce immigrant visa application backlogs.

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  • The Schengen Zone: Everything You Need to Know

    The Schengen Zone: Everything You Need to Know

    The Schengen Area, also called the “Schengen Zone,” consists of 26 countries across Europe.

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  • ICE Extends COVID-19 Guidance for International Students Through 2021-22 Academic Year

    ICE Extends COVID-19 Guidance for International Students Through 2021-22 Academic Year

    ICE announced that it will continue to allow international students to take more courses online during the 2021-2022 academic year.

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  • Czech Republic: Minimum Salary for EU Blue Card Holders Increased

    Czech Republic: Minimum Salary for EU Blue Card Holders Increased

    Beginning on May 1, 2021, the minimum salary for EU Blue Card holders increased.

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  • Republic of Korea: New Electronic Travel Authorization to Allow Visa-Free Entry

    Republic of Korea: New Electronic Travel Authorization to Allow Visa-Free Entry

    South Korea is launching a new Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) system.

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  • Biden Announces New COVID-19 Travel Suspension for India

    Biden Announces New COVID-19 Travel Suspension for India

    President Biden is scheduled to impose a new COVID-19 travel restriction suspending all non-exempt travel from India to the U.S. The suspension will take effect on May 4, 2021 at 12:01am ET.

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  • New Zealand: Refund Program for Unassessed Skilled Residence Class Visa Applications

    New Zealand: Refund Program for Unassessed Skilled Residence Class Visa Applications

    Immigration New Zealand discovered criteria discrepancies for skilled residence class visa applications (Category SMC).

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  • Saudi Arabia: Short-Term Work Visa Validity Extended From 90 Days to Six Months

    Saudi Arabia: Short-Term Work Visa Validity Extended From 90 Days to Six Months

    The Temporary Work visa now enables foreign nationals to work in Saudi Arabia for a maximum six-month period with multiple entries.

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  • UK: Right to Work Checks Rules Updated

    UK: Right to Work Checks Rules Updated

    The rules for employers conducting right to work checks are reverting to pre-pandemic expectations.

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  • Republic of the Philippines: Employers to Face New Labor Market Testing Requirements

    Republic of the Philippines: Employers to Face New Labor Market Testing Requirements

    The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) of the Philippines announced new rules under the Alien Employment Permit (AEP) program.

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  • Four Immigration and Mobility Insights for The Next Generation of HR Professionals

    Four Immigration and Mobility Insights for The Next Generation of HR Professionals

    Debbie Convery and Rina Montalvo discuss the evolving mobility landscape in the latest installment of Envoy Conversations.

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  • USCIS Reinstates Policy of Deference to Prior Determinations When Adjudicating Extension Requests

    USCIS Reinstates Policy of Deference to Prior Determinations When Adjudicating Extension Requests

    USCIS has issued policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual instructing officers to revert to long-standing guidance originally issued in 2004.

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  • India: Rules for Overseas Citizens of India Further Relaxed

    India: Rules for Overseas Citizens of India Further Relaxed

    The government of India recently announced further relaxed administrative rules for Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders.

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