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HTMLCap Gap Expiration Approaching: Some Employees' Work Authorization May End on October 1, 2015
Michele D. Frangella; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 27, 2015, previously published on August 26, 2015
Fiscal year 2016 cap-subject H-1B petitions selected and approved by USCIS will be valid starting October 1, 2015. However, as October 1, 2015 approaches, many cap-subject H-1B petitions remain pending at both the California and Vermont Service Centers. While this delay in adjudication impacts all...

 

HTMLA HYPOTHETICAL: Testimony of a U.S. Business Owner Before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 27, 2015, previously published on August 27, 2015
Mr. Chairman, I’m pleased to provide my testimony today as a follow-up to previous appearances before this committee. I’ve testified on two other occasions to explain the need for a more certain and predictable way to attract and retain the talent my company and others need—even...

 

HTMLAt the Edge of A New Frontier: USCIS Begins Transition to Electronic Immigration System
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 26, 2015, previously published on August 25, 2015
In July 2015, the White House announced a series of technology initiatives aimed at modernizing the application process for certain immigration benefits. As part of this effort, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) was charged with overhauling their Electronic Immigration...

 

HTMLChanges to Obligations for Filing H-1B Amendment Petitions Under Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC
Vanessa Olivar, Stephen H. Smalley; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 25, 2015, previously published on August 24, 2015
As of August 19, 2015, full enforcement of a recent Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decision in Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC, 26 I&N Dec. 542 (AAO 2015) will commence.

 

HTMLNew Resident Identity Card to Replace Iqama
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 25, 2015, previously published on August 25, 2015
Starting October 14, 2015, a new Resident Identity Card will replace the existing card, also known as Iqama, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Interior. The new card, called Muqeem, will provide work and residency authorization and is expected to be valid for five years (instead of...

 

HTMLNew Procedure to Verify Clearance Letters Likely to Delay Start Dates
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 24, 2015, previously published on August 24, 2015
Long-term work permit applicants seeking to work in industries that are regulated by certain government agencies are subject to a new procedure in which the immigration authorities verify clearance and/or support letters provided by such regulatory bodies. This change particularly affects...

 

HTMLUSCIS Issues Final Guidance on L-1B Specialized Knowledge
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 24, 2015, previously published on August 19, 2015
USCIS yesterday issued its official policy guidance on eligibility for the L-1B specialized knowledge visa category, some five months after seeking the public’s comments on a draft policy. The final guidance incorporates favorable changes suggested by the business immigration community, but...

 

HTMLNew Intracompany Transferee Visa and Improvements to Investor Category Among Policy Changes
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 24, 2015, previously published on August 19, 2015
Investors, highly-skilled workers and foreign nationals with dependents should benefit from policy changes introduced to improve investment and attract foreign talent to Spain. A new EU intracompany transferee visa has been introduced, the deadline to apply for an investor’s visa following a...

 

HTMLForeign Investors and Entrepreneurs Must Provide Criminal Clearance Certificates Starting September 1
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 24, 2015, previously published on August 20, 2015
A new law will require Tier 1 investors, entrepreneurs and their dependents over the age of 18 submitting visa applications on or after September 1, 2015 to provide an overseas criminal clearance certificate from any country in which they have lived continuously for at least twelve months over the...

 

HTMLQualifying Criteria for Highly-Skilled Foreign Workers Released
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 24, 2015, previously published on August 24, 2015
The Shanghai Labor Bureau, Foreign Expert Affairs Bureau, and the Public Security Bureau have released further details regarding the eligibility rules for skilled foreign workers in Shanghai under the R (Talent) Visa and residence permit availability for recent foreign graduates in Shanghai. R...

 


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