DECEMBER 2016 – GLOBAL IMMIGRATION UPDATE

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BELGIUM – Belgium has announced changes to existing “contribution to cover the administrative costs” rules and related proposals, and new 2017 salary thresholds for some fast-track work permits B. ITALY – The government has lifted translation and legalization requirements for certificates of coverage in work permit applications; a new investment visa category has been introduced; residence permit fees have been …

DECEMBER 2016 – IMMIGRATION UPDATE

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In the Press DACA Students Continue Years-Long Fight Over In-State Tuition – wabe.org Georgia Attorney Cites Trump’s Win in Defending In-State Tuition Rules – ajc.com Morning Digest – HD 6 – Daily Kos The Special Election to Replace Trump’s New HHS Pick Could Be a Competitive One – Daily Kos Special Election to Replace Price Could Present Opportunity for Georgia …

MID-AUGUST 2016 – IMMIGRATION UPDATE

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In the Press Partner Hiba Ghalib named a “40 Under 40 Georgia Muslim” by ISB Atlanta! She will be honored at the 40 Under 40 Georgia Muslim Gala on October 1st. Congratulations, Hiba! Four Signs You Aren’t Cut Out To Be An Immigration Attorney – Law360 Guía de Expertos: Mi esposo aplicó para una visa U en el 2013 y …

MID-JULY 2016 – IMMIGRATION UPDATE

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In the Press Listen to “The Immigration Hour” Podcast on iTunes!   Mid-July 2016 Immigration Update Various Categories Oversubscribed for August, State Department Reports – High demand in various employment-based visa categories has required the establishment of cut-off dates in August. USCIS Has Returned Unselected FY 2017 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions – Those who submitted an H-1B cap-subject petition between April …

MID-JUNE 2016 – IMMIGRATION UPDATE

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USCIS, DOS Launch e-Approval for H-2A Petitions – USCIS and DOS announced the launch of e-Approval for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for the H-2A (temporary agricultural worker) classification. USCIS Will Now Use Pre-Paid Mailers To Send H-2A Receipt Notices – Coinciding with the launch of e-Approval, USCIS has begun using pre-paid mailers provided by petitioners to send …

June 2016 Global Immigration Update

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REFUGEES AND RELATED BENEFITS: AN OVERVIEW – This article provides an overview of recent developments with respect to refugees and the benefits granted to them. Country Updates CANADA – Several developments have been announced. ITALY – Several developments have been announced. RUSSIA – The Federal Migration Service of Russia has been reorganized. TURKEY – The European Commission has proposed visa-free …

JUNE 2016 – IMMIGRATION UPDATE

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USCIS, DOS Launch e-Approval for H-2A Petitions – USCIS and DOS announced the launch of e-Approval for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for the H-2A (temporary agricultural worker) classification. USCIS Will Now Use Pre-Paid Mailers To Send H-2A Receipt Notices – Coinciding with the launch of e-Approval, USCIS has begun using pre-paid mailers provided by petitioners to send …

May 2016 Global Immigration Update

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REFUGEES AND RELATED BENEFITS: AN OVERVIEW – This article provides an overview of recent developments with respect to refugees and the benefits granted to them. CANADA – Many are being caught unprepared by new primary inspection tools. ITALY – Several developments have been announced. RUSSIA – The Federal Migration Service of Russia has been reorganized. TURKEY – The European Commission …

Mid-April 2016 Immigration Update

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USCIS Reaches FY 2017 H-1B Cap – As expected, USCIS has quickly reached the H-1B cap for FY 2017. USCIS also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. Due to the high number of petitions, USCIS is not yet able to announce the date on which it will conduct the random …

April 2016 Immigration Update

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USCIS Finalizes Guidance on ‘Same or Similar’ Occupations and Job Portability – USCIS has finalized guidance on determining whether a new job is in the “same or similar” occupational classification with respect to job portability. USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2016 – USCIS announced it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the H-2B …