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HTMLEnglish Language Test Proposed for Spousal Visa Applicants
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 25, 2016, previously published on January 19, 2016
Spousal visa holders would be required to prove English language knowledge at a higher threshold when they apply for visa renewal after two and a half years, if a proposed policy change is approved by Parliament. If approved, the changes would likely take effect October 2016. The policy detail has...

 

HTMLExpected Salary Limitations Not Implemented
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 25, 2016, previously published on January 11, 2016
The Federal Employment Agency has decided not to implement a rule that would have excluded non-cash benefits such as housing, cars and meals provided by the employer and travel expenses, among other allowances, from the calculation of the minimum salary when comparing the foreign national’s...

 

HTMLFebruary 2016 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 India and China Final Action Dates Will Advance Next Month; Moderate Advancements for EB-3 India, China and the Philippines, and EB-5 China
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 25, 2016, previously published on January 8, 2016
According to the State Department’s February Visa Bulletin, the cutoff date for final issuance of an immigrant visa will advance by six months for EB-2 India, to August 1, 2008, and by one month for EB-2 China, to March 1, 2012.

 

HTMLWork Permit Now Required Prior to Entry
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 25, 2016, previously published on January 6, 2016
Due to the discontinuation of the Transformable Visa, foreign nationals seeking to work in Madagascar must now apply for a work permit before entering the country. The Transformable Visa allowed foreign nationals to enter under a 30-day temporary status to obtain a long-term visa in Madagascar.

 

HTMLRelaxed Immigration Rules and Procedures Forthcoming for Foreign Nationals in Beijing
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 25, 2016, previously published on January 15, 2016
New immigration policies that will be piloted starting March 1, 2016 should make it easier for four main categories of foreign nationals to obtain Permanent Residence status and should simplify various application procedures, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Public Security. There...

 

HTMLUSCIS to Provide Extension of Work Authorization to H-1B1s and E-3s with Timely-Filed Application to Extend a Stay
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 25, 2016, previously published on January 14, 2016
USCIS will provide extended work authorization benefits to Chilean and Singaporean H-1B1 and Australian E-3 nonimmigrants who are being sponsored for an extension of their stay, under a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2016. The regulation will also update...

 

HTMLAuthorities Clarify Work Permit and Transformable Visa Requirements
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 25, 2016, previously published on January 14, 2016
Based on a recent clarifying statement published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Transformable Visa has not been discontinued, but in fact, can only be applied for after the issuance of a work permit by the Economic Development Board of Madagascar.

 

HTMLMinimum Salary Significantly Increased
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 25, 2016, previously published on January 19, 2016
The minimum salary for foreign workers has increased to TRY 1,647 per month (approximately USD 542.55). Although the minimum salary level is usually reviewed every six months, this amount will remain consistent for 2016.

 

HTMLElectronic Visa Application System Launched
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 25, 2016, previously published on January 15, 2016
Taiwan has launched an electronic visa application system (eVisa) for business visitors and tourists, allowing nationals of 27 countries to apply for visas online without visiting a consular post.

 

HTMLParent and Grandparent Program Intake Closed
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 25, 2016, previously published on January 8, 2016
The Parent and Grandparent sponsorship program has reached its quota since it reopened on January 4, 2016. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) received more than 14,000 new parent and grandparent applications since the program reopened, and has placed the first 5,000 complete...

 


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