UNITED KINGDOM (May 27, 2015) – New government proposes tough immigration bill
IMPACT – HIGH
What is the change? Newly re-elected Prime Minister David Cameron wasted little time in proposing a tough immigration bill that aims to stem immigration to the U.K. on several fronts, including "significantly reducing the level o...
UNITED STATES (May 27, 2015) – State Department plans to eliminate option to add passport pages
The U.S. State Department has proposed a rule that would eliminate the option of adding extra pages to U.S. passports beginning Jan. 1, 2016.
Currently, American citizens can apply for either a 28-page or 52-page standard passport and then request...
SOUTH AFRICA (May 27, 2015) – Work Visas and Business Visas now permit part-time study
IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? South Africa is allowing foreign nationals in all categories of Work Visas and Business Visas to study part-time without having to apply for separate permission to do so.
What does the change mean? The chan...
UNITED STATES (May 27, 2015) – Lawsuit claims USCIS unlawfully delays employment authorization for foreign workers
A group of foreign nationals has filed a class action lawsuit, claiming that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is not issuing employment authorization in a timely manner as required by law. The suit claims that the agency is not following reg...
UNITED STATES (May 26, 2015) – Court refuses to lift hold on Obama’s immigration executive actions
A federal appeals court has refused to lift a block on President Obama’s immigration executive actions. The ruling, which was issued today, leaves the actions that are being challenged in the lawsuit temporarily on hold.
The executive actions ...
UNITED STATES (May 26, 2015) – Implementation of H-4 EAD regulation begins after government defeats legal challenge
Washington, D.C. – Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, ruling on Sunday, denied a motion to block the H-4 spousal work rule from taking effect after hearing arguments last week. The new rule promulgated by the Department of Homeland Security, which al...
UNITED STATES (May 26, 2015) – New report outlines recent progress on streamlining US-Canada travel
The White House has released a progress report on the implementation of a plan that facilitates trade and travel between the U.S. and Canada.
The third annual implementation report, issued May 19, documents the progress made over the past year ...
ITALY (May 26, 2015) – New rules set for intracompany transfers in Milan
IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? The Milan Immigration Office has set new document rules for intracompany transferees to show that they have highly specialization knowledge within their field.
What does the change mean? Univ...
CANADA (May 22, 2015) – Emergency repair personnel category expanded for LMIA-exempt work permits
IMPACT – HIGH
What is the change? Effective immediately, Canada has expanded its definition of foreign emergency repair personnel whose work permit applications are exempt from the requirement of a Labour Market Impact Assessment.
What does t...
UNITED STATES (May 22, 2015) – USCIS confirms employers must file amended H-1B petitions for worksite changes before Simeio ruling
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released guidance clarifying last month's precedent decision by the Administrative Appeals Office finding that employers must file an amended H-1B petition when an H-1B employee changes worksite locations...