Immigration Blog

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

  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Bans Public Charge Rule in Certain States

    Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Bans Public Charge Rule in Certain States

    Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked DHS from enforcing the Public Charge rule nationwide on Dec. 2, 2020. The injunction applies to 18 states and Washington, D.C.

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  • IRCC Resumes Canadian Citizenship Tests Online

    IRCC Resumes Canadian Citizenship Tests Online

    IRCC has resumed online citizenship tests after an eight-month suspension. The initial pilot phase will include 5,000 high-priority and pre-pandemic applications.

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  • Ireland: Burgh Quay Registration Office Announces Changes to Immigration Registration Renewals

    Ireland: Burgh Quay Registration Office Announces Changes to Immigration Registration Renewals

    The Burgh Quay Registration Office has reopened. Updated protocols are in place for immigration registration renewals at Burgh Quay and local Garda Stations.

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  • Types of H-1B Requests For Evidence and How to Respond to Them

    Types of H-1B Requests For Evidence and How to Respond to Them

    Understanding the most common types of requests for evidence and why they are issued can help employers respond decisively. Here are four common reasons for requests for evidence on H-1B petitions.

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  • Netherlands: Minimum Salary Levels to Increase for High-Skilled Foreign Nationals

    On Jan. 1, 2021, the Dutch government will increase minimum salary levels for high-skilled foreign national employees. Salary thresholds will also increase for recent grads and EU Blue Card holders.

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  • Taiwan: Foreign Nationals to Receive New ARC/APRC Numbers in 2021

    Taiwan will merge its two numeric systems for Taiwanese citizens and foreign nationals in 2021. Existing ARC/APRC cardholders have 10 years to update their cards.

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  • Northern California District Court Strikes Down H-1B Program Changes

    Northern California District Court Strikes Down H-1B Program Changes

    On December 1, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California decided that the interim rules for the H-1B program issued by the DOL and DHS were invalid.

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  • UAE: Sponsorship no Longer Required for Certain Foreign Investors to Own Local Businesses

    UAE: Sponsorship no Longer Required for Certain Foreign Investors to Own Local Businesses

    Effective Dec. 1, 2020, the Government of the United Arab Emirates will allow certain foreign investors to fully own local companies without an Emirati sponsor.

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  • Kuwait: Age-Based Restrictions Announced for Work Permit and Residency Renewals

    Kuwait: Age-Based Restrictions Announced for Work Permit and Residency Renewals

    The Kuwaiti government will no longer accept work permit and residency renewals for expatriates aged 60 or over. The change takes effect on January 1, 2021.

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  • Switzerland: New Permit Quotas Announced for 2021

    Switzerland: New Permit Quotas Announced for 2021

    The Swiss government has specified annual quotas for EU/EFTA service providers and third-country specialists. There is a separate quota for UK nationals in 2021 following the Brexit transition.

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  • H-1B Cap Season: Five Things to Know in 2021

    H-1B Cap Season: Five Things to Know in 2021

    The Fiscal Year 2022 H-1B cap season is right around the corner. Start things on the right foot by brushing up on electronic registration, the lottery reversal and more.

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  • State Department Releases December Visa Bulletin; USCIS to Use Dates for Filing Chart

    State Department Releases December Visa Bulletin; USCIS to Use Dates for Filing Chart

    The State Department has published the December 2020 Visa Bulletin, which will follow the Dates for Filing Chart to determine eligibility for adjustment of status.

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  • U.S.-CA-MX Border Closure Extended Through December 21, 2020

    U.S.-CA-MX Border Closure Extended Through December 21, 2020

    Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, North American borders will remain closed for another month. Nonessential travel across U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders is banned through December 21, 2020.

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  • DHS Proposes Rule to Expand Biometrics Collection

    DHS Proposes Rule to Expand Biometrics Collection

    DHS has proposed a rule authorizing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to expand biometrics collection for certain travelers entering or exiting the country.

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  • [Infographic] The ROI of Immigration Technology

    [Infographic] The ROI of Immigration Technology

    Leading companies today have effectively addressed the challenges of corporate immigration through the use of technology.

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  • Russia: E-Visas to be Issued for 52 Countries in January 2021

    Russia: E-Visas to be Issued for 52 Countries in January 2021

    Russia will grant entry for citizens of 52 countries through e-visas on January 1, 2021. The e-visa program is an extension of a pilot program launched in 2017.

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  • Minimum Wage Levels Raised for Saudi Workers

    Minimum Wage Levels Raised for Saudi Workers

    The Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development has issued a ministerial decision to raise the minimum wage for Saudi workers. The minimum wage mandates will take effect in April 2021.

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  • UK Immigration Update: Guidance released for employers in advance of new immigration system

    UK Immigration Update: Guidance released for employers in advance of new immigration system

    The Government of the UK has issued guidance for a new immigration system starting December 1, 2020. The guidance follows the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules released in October 2020.

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  • Writing an immigration RFP? Here’s what needs to be in it

    Writing an immigration RFP? Here’s what needs to be in it

    Streamline the procurement process by understanding what factors to consider when evaluating an immigration provider.

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  • UAE: Visa Fine Waiver Extended to December 31, 2020

    UAE: Visa Fine Waiver Extended to December 31, 2020

    The government has extended a visa fine waiver from November until December 31, 2020. The order applies to residency, tourist, and visit visa holders whose visas expired before March 1, 2020.

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