On 10 April 2019, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received sufficient quota-subject H-1B filings for government fiscal year 2020 (1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020) to meet both the general H-1B quota (65,000) for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and the additional quota (20,000) for individuals holding a US master’s or other advanced degree.
UNITED STATES: USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2020
AUSTRALIA: Further Details of New Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional Visa
IRELAND: Abolition of Re-entry Visa System Announced
Effective 13 May 2019, visa-required nationals holding a valid Irish Resident Permit (IRP) card or GNIB card will no longer require a re-entry visa to leave and return to Ireland. An IRP or GNIB card and passport will be sufficient to prove a right to travel to Ireland.
Global Immigration 101: Intra-Company Transfer Permits
By Kent O'Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase
For successful mobility managers, school is always in session. In an industry where the only thing that is constant is everything is always changing… success depends on continually keeping abreast of new immigration rules and processes… and reminding ourselves of the same old basics vital to successful international assignments.
BREXIT: UK and EU Agree New Article 50 Extension Until 31 October 2019
On 10 April 2019, the European Council and the UK government agreed a new, flexible extension of the Article 50 period.
BREXIT: What Next for EU and UK Citizens?
On 23 June 2016, the UK held a referendum asking voters in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland if they wanted to remain a member of, or to leave, the EU. 51.89% of UK voters voted to leave the EU.
BREXIT: No-Deal Brexit Measures for UK Nationals in the EU
If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a ratified withdrawal agreement, then UK nationals will become third-country (non-EU) nationals immediately.
DENMARK: New Procedure for EU National Immigration Applications [Updated]
Effective 1 April 2019, post-arrival residence document applications by EU nationals are handled by the Danish Agency of International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). Previously, these cases were handled by the State Administration (RSA).
CANADA-UNITED STATES: Tech, Talent, and Immigration
As highly skilled immigration cools in U.S. and heats up in Canada... Canada’s Global Talent Stream becomes permanent.
By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase
While geographic neighbours, but with currently two seemingly divergent approaches to immigration – Canada and the United States have developed an almost symbiotic relationship in the international labour market. With the perceived and actual cooling of the United States’ openness to immigration under the Trump administration, Canada appears more than happy to benefit.
BREXIT: Returning UK Nationals Can Bring Family Until End of March 2022
VENEZUELA: Delays Expected to Immigration Procedures Due to Energy Outages
Government offices were forced to cease operations for more than 15 business days during March 2019, due to nationwide power outages, leading to delays in all immigration processes.
RUSSIA: Head Migration Office Stops Issuing Highly Qualified Specialist Work Permits
Effective 5 April 2019, the Head Migration Office located at Boyarsky Lane, in central Moscow, will cease accepting initial or renewal applications for work permits and visa invitations for highly qualified specialists (HQS) and their dependents.
BREXIT: European Parliament Approves Visa-Free Access to EU for UK Nationals Post-Brexit
On 4 April 2019, the European Parliament approved a draft law exempting UK nationals from visa requirements to enter the EU for short visits (up to 90 days in any 180-day period), once the UK leaves the EU.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Dependent Sponsorship Policy
The UAE Cabinet has adopted a decision to amend the policy on foreign national workers sponsoring family members in the UAE. As yet, no implementation date has been announced.
IRELAND: Changes to Employment Permits System to Address Labour Shortages in Key Sectors
Effective 22 April 2019, changes have been announced to the Critical Skills List of Occupations and the Ineligible List of Occupations, following the first bi-annual review of 2019.
MALAYSIA: New Upper Age Limit for Long-Term Social Visit Pass Applications for Dependent Children [Updated 25 March 2019]
Effective immediately, the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) has announced a new upper age limit for Long-Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP) applications for dependent children.
UNITED STATES: USCIS FY 2020 H-1B Cap and Premium Processing
On 19 March 2019, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a two-phase approach to premium processing for H-1B cap petitions when the FY 2020 filing period begins on 1 April 2019.
SINGAPORE: Foreign Worker Quota Rules to be Tightened
The Singapore Ministry of Manpower has announced planned changes to the foreign worker quota rules, which may make it harder for companies to employ foreign workers.
FACT CHECK: Will U.S. Citizens (and others) Need a Visa to Visit Europe in 2021?
By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase
Just want the executive summary? No.
For those wanting a more detailed explanation: Some major media outlets circulated stories this past week that – “U.S. citizens will need visas to visit Europe starting in 2021.”
AUSTRALIA: Immigration Developments for Employers
Changes to Skilled Occupation Lists
On 11 March 2019, new legislative instruments, listing the skilled occupations that are relevant if applying for a number of skilled visas, came into effect.
COLOMBIA: Venezuelan Nationals Can Enter with Expired Passports
Effective immediately, the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allow entry, transit and departure of Venezuelan nationals holding expired or soon-to-expire passports.