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HTMLNovember Visa Bulletin Confirms Fears of Significant Retrogression for EB-2 India
Scott T. Decker; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 9, 2014
The Department of State released its November Visa Bulletin today. It is a mixture of good news and really bad news. The good news is that the EB-2 and EB-3 categories for all countries, except for India, continue to experience forward movement. Worldwide, EB-2 availability remains current and EB-3...

 

HTMLVisa Procedures to Change at the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic
Ian R. Macdonald; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 7, 2014
Employers and employees should take note that the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic will implement several changes to the visa application process, effective November 12, 2014. Specifically, applicants for B-2 Tourist Visas will need to follow a multiple-step process: (i) they...

 

HTMLICE Seeks Comments on F-1 ‘Pathway Programs’
Matthew Galati, Christian A. Triantaphyllis; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 2, 2014
Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued draft guidance (1210-03) that is of particular note to colleges and universities enrolling foreign students into “pathway programs”. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)...

 

HTMLIndia Expected to Implement E-Visa Processing in 2015
Ian R. Macdonald; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 7, 2014
In a statement by India’s tourism minister, employers and employees can look forward to E-Visa processing by June 2015. E-Visa processing, also known as Electronic Visa Authorisation (ETA), is expected to be available to approximately 15 countries initially. The list of countries is a point...

 

HTMLRussia: Employers Have Until October 30 to Report Salaries of Highly Qualified Specialists
Ian R. Macdonald, Shaun Staller; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 9, 2014
The Russian Federal Migration Service requires that companies operating in Russia that employ Highly Qualified Specialists (HQS) report the salaries paid to those HQS during the third quarter of 2014 (July 1 to Sept. 30) before the end of the month.

 

HTMLFBI Clearance Requests Delayed Following New Computer System Roll-Out
Ian R. Macdonald, Shaun Staller; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 8, 2014
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is presently processing clearance requests at a very slow pace and has suspended processing of all nongovernmental fingerprint requests until further notice due to a new computer system at the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Service division. The...

 

HTMLUSCIS Launches myE-Verify with Identity Protection Features
Scott T. Decker; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 6, 2014
On October 6, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced the launch of myE-Verify — a new website designed to be a “one-stop shop” for employees to create and maintain secure personal accounts and access new features for...

 

HTMLUSCIS to Purge 10-Year Old E-Verify Records
Ian R. Macdonald; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 7, 2014
Starting January 1, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start purging the E-Verify records of employers that are 10 years old or more. This initiative is in accordance with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) records retention and disposal requirements...

 

HTMLUruguay Enhances Intra-MERCOSUR Mobility in EU-like Move
Ian R. Macdonald, Shaun Staller; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 6, 2014
The Uruguayan government has enacted a new immigration law—effective later in October—that will offer expedited 30-business-day processing of permanent residence permits and accompanying work authorization to MERCOSUR nationals. It is expected to issue implementing regulations and...

 

HTMLSingapore Scrutinizing Long-Term Visit Passes for Unmarried Couples
Catharine Yen; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 6, 2014
The Singapore Ministry of Manpower is applying stricter scrutiny towards Long-Term Visit Pass applications for unmarried couples.

 


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