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HTMLNEW Document Requests in PERM Audits
Scott T. Decker; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 2, 2014
The PERM process is first step in the employment-based green card process for many foreign nationals. In this process the sponsoring employer conducts an advertisement campaign as a test of the local labor market to determine if minimally-qualified U.S. workers are available to fill the position....

 

HTMLOil Companies in Angola Must Submit a Program
Catharine Yen; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 10, 2014
In Angola, all companies in the oil industry are required to file an annual program contract and human resources development plan by October 31, 2014. The program contract and human resources development plan should show how the company is taking steps towards including more Angola workers in their...

 

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...

 

HTMLChinese Authorities Tighten Enforcement Under New Immigration Law; Companies Urged to be Proactive
Ian R. Macdonald; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 2, 2014
As update to our recent blog on China, clients are inquiring into why immigration enforcement and compliance in China is on the increase, yet favorable work authorization measures for foreign workers are being implemented by authorities at the same time. We don’t see these two initiatives at...

 

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.

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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)...

 

HTMLNew Final Rule for Exchange Visitor Program
Christian A. Triantaphyllis; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2014, previously published on October 8, 2014
A final rule was recently published by the Department of State (DOS) that affects its J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. The J-1 visa category will go through some significant administrative and program compliance changes, including: J-1 Responsible Officers (ROs) and Alternate Responsible Officers...

 


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