Immigration Blog

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

  • India: OCI Cardholders Now Not Required to Travel with Old Passport

    India: OCI Cardholders Now Not Required to Travel with Old Passport

    The Embassy of India in D.C. issued a statement that the requirement of carrying both old and new passports for OCI cardholders whose cards bear their old passport number is no longer in effect.

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  • UAE Announces New Six-Month Visa to Help Finalize Golden Residency Procedures

    UAE Announces New Six-Month Visa to Help Finalize Golden Residency Procedures

    The UAE Federal Authority recently launched a six-month visa aimed to assist applicants in completing the required formalities of obtaining a Golden Residency visa.

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  • Poland: 2021 Minimum Salary Threshold Set for EU Blue Card Holders

    Poland: 2021 Minimum Salary Threshold Set for EU Blue Card Holders

    Poland has set a minimum wage requirement for EU Blue Card holders at 7,751.21 Zloty per month, which comes out to about $2031.38 USD per month.

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  • “Working in Belgium” to Launch in May 2021

    “Working in Belgium” to Launch in May 2021

    Employers will be able to digitize the entire application process for employment-based work permit applications in Belgium.

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  • Bulgaria: Streamlined Employment-based Visa Application to Begin in June

    Bulgaria: Streamlined Employment-based Visa Application to Begin in June

    In Bulgaria, the application for employment-based work visas and residence permits will be streamlined into the same government organization to make it easier to receive a work permit.

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  • UAE: Cabinet Approves Five-Year Tourist Visa

    UAE: Cabinet Approves Five-Year Tourist Visa

    The Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates approved plans for a five-year tourist visa that will be available to all nationalities.

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  • UK Graduate Route to Provide Post-Study Work Opportunities for International Graduate Students

    UK Graduate Route to Provide Post-Study Work Opportunities for International Graduate Students

    Unsponsored graduate program to be made available July 1 for international graduates to live and work in the U.K.

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  • Priority Processing Again Made Available in UK

    Priority Processing Again Made Available in UK

    Priority Processing is now available again for certain visa types when filed from within the U.K.

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  • Bahrain: Wage Protection System to be Implemented for Private Sector Employers

    Bahrain: Wage Protection System to be Implemented for Private Sector Employers

    The Labor Market Regulatory Authority will implement a Wage Protection System for private sector employers in Bahrain.

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  • Russia: Highly Qualified Specialist Salary Reports Due by April 30, 2021

    Russia: Highly Qualified Specialist Salary Reports Due by April 30, 2021

    Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) salary reports are due on or before April 30, 2021.

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  • Biden Administration Cancels Presidential Proclamation 10052

    Biden Administration Cancels Presidential Proclamation 10052

    Presidential Proclamation 10052, which temporarily suspended the entry of certain H-1B, H-2B, J, and L nonimmigrants into the U.S., expired on March 31, 2021.

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  • USCIS Concludes Initial H-1B Electronic Registration Selection

    USCIS Concludes Initial H-1B Electronic Registration Selection

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received enough initial electronic registrations to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B cap, including the master’s cap.

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  • Four Takeaways About Canadian Immigration with Minister Marco Mendicino

    Four Takeaways About Canadian Immigration with Minister Marco Mendicino

    Canadian Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino recently joined Envoy CEO Dick Burke for an exciting behind-the-scenes look at the country’s bold immigration plans in 2021 and beyond.

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  • Malaysia: Companies Required to Register and Update Workplace and Employment Information

    Malaysia: Companies Required to Register and Update Workplace and Employment Information

    The ESD of the Department of Labour of Peninsular Malaysia announced that companies that employ foreign nationals are required to register and update their work locations and employment information.

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  • Australia: Cessation of Transitional Provisions, Short-Term Stream Renewal Reminders

    Australia: Cessation of Transitional Provisions, Short-Term Stream Renewal Reminders

    The Australian government re-affirms that for a select group of short-term TSS (Temporary Skill Shortage) visa applicants, they may not apply for a third TSS visa within Australian borders.

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  • UAE Announces New Self-Sponsored Remote Work Visa

    UAE Announces New Self-Sponsored Remote Work Visa

    Foreign nationals looking to move to the UAE will be allowed to live and work in the country for a maximum period of one year under the Remote Work visa.

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  • House Approves Two Immigration-Related Bills

    House Approves Two Immigration-Related Bills

    On Thursday, March 18, 2021, the House approved the American Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.

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  • USCIS Removes August 2019 Public Charge Regulations From CFR

    USCIS Removes August 2019 Public Charge Regulations From CFR

    USCIS will restore text regarding the Public Charge Rule in the CFR to the version issued before August 2019

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  • April 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

    April 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department

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

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  • Russia: Many Dependents of Foreign Nationals to Lose Dependent Status Eligibility

    Russia: Many Dependents of Foreign Nationals to Lose Dependent Status Eligibility

    Effective immediately, dependents of foreign nationals seeking work in Russia are no longer permitted to obtain Dependent status. Only dependents of those holding a HQS Permit may be eligible.

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