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|New Definition of "Dependent Child" Effective August 1|
Lori Brienza, Melanie Goldsworthy; McLennan Ross LLP;
January 30, 2015, previously published on August 6, 2014On August 1, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada ("CIC") released Operational Bulletin 588, which provides operational guidance to CIC and Canada Border Services Agency on the amended definition of "dependent child" under section 2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection...
|DOL Administrative Review Board Nixes Greedy H-1B Worker's Front Pay Appeal Based on New H-1B Employer Petition Approval|
Geetha Nadiminti Adinata, Mary E. Pivec, Charles A. Roach; Ford & Harrison LLP;
January 30, 2015, previously published on January 5, 2015Executive Summary: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has just released a final decision and order rendered this past July by the Administrative Review Board (ARB), holding that an H-1B worker's front pay claim against a former employer is cut off where it is clear that the worker changed employers...
|Kenya: Recent Changes Lead to Work Permit Delays and Denials|
Greenberg Traurig LLP;
January 23, 2015, previously published on November 24, 2014The Kenya Department of Immigration Services (DIS) recently implemented changes to its work permit application process that are consistent with the country’s move towards tightening its immigration system. Earlier this month, the DIS released a comprehensive checklist of required documents...
|EB-2 India and EB-3 China Cut-Off Dates Advance Significantly in February - Further Advances Likely in Coming Months|
January 23, 2015, previously published on January 19, 2015The U.S. Department of State has published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for February 2015, announcing significant advances in visa availability under the EB-2 preference category for applicants born in India, the EB-3 preference category for applicants born in China, and the EB-3 preference category...
|DHS Secretary Extends Temporary Protected Status to Nationals of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in Response to Ebola Pandemic|
Shaun Staller; Greenberg Traurig LLP;
January 23, 2015, previously published on November 26, 2014The Ebola virus pandemic in West Africa has precipitated an expansion of the United States’ Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation, as announced by the Department of Homeland Security just last week. As a result, eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone who are currently...
|President’s Executive Action on Immigration - Content and Preliminary Analysis of What it Means for Businesses and Compliance|
Laura Foote Reiff; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
January 22, 2015, previously published on November 20, 2014On November 20, 2014, President Obama released the long-anticipated “Executive Action” on immigration reform. We will also post additional materials made available. Late last summer, the President had postponed the release of such action until after the mid-term elections. Despite the...
|Saint Kitts & Nevis Passport Update|
Withers Bergman LLP;
January 22, 2015, previously published on December 15, 2014On 3 December 2014 the government of St Kitts & Nevis (SKN) announced the immediate recall and replacement of passports that meet one of the following three conditions:
|Remote Working: the Long Arm of Employment Rights|
Withers Bergman LLP;
January 22, 2015, previously published on January 14, 2015More than a quarter of a million people emigrated from the UK in 2014. The most popular destination was Australia but other key destinations were the US, Spain, China and France. Of those making this major change in their lives a growing number are asking their UK employers if they can maintain an...
|China - New Clarification Regarding Authorized Work Activities During Short-Term Visits|
January 19, 2015, previously published on January 2, 2015China has implemented new regulations, effective January 1, 2015, which clarify the types of short-term activities that may be performed without obtaining work authorization and a work visa. The new regulations should enable multinational companies to more readily transfer workers for short-term...
|Some Reciprocity Changes Announced by DOS|
Ian R. Macdonald; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
January 19, 2015, previously published on November 4, 2014The Department of State (DOS) announced changes to the Country Reciprocity Tables for immigrant visa cases.