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HTMLU Visas (Aka U Non-Immigrant Status)
Michael J. Spychalski; Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law;
Legal Alert/Article
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 15, 2014
The U non-immigrant status (u visa) is a visa set aside for victims of crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to assist law enforcement and government officials in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity. This visa was created in October...

 

HTMLJoint Ireland-UK Visa Program Becomes Available this Fall for Business Visitors and Tourists
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 19, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014
Beginning this fall, Ireland and the UK will begin accepting short-stay visas issued by either country for business or tourism travel. Currently, travellers who wish to visit both Ireland and the UK are required to obtain two visas, one from each country. A specific implementation date has not been...

 

HTMLAs Employers Prepare for Upcoming Job Posting Requirements, New Exemptions Announced
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 19, 2014, previously published on July 17, 2014
The Ministry of Manpower has announced that when new advertising requirements take effect August 1, 2014 under the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF), intracompany transferees (ICTs) and individuals on assignments of one month or less will be exempt. The Ministry also recently announced special...

 

HTMLAmid Sustained High RFE and Denial Rates, USCIS Ombudsman Exposes Flaws in Adjudication Procedures
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 19, 2014, previously published on July 17, 2014
The 2014 Annual Report from the USCIS Ombudsman affirmed the experiences of the business immigration community: high rates of Requests for Further Evidence (RFEs) and denials of high-skilled immigration petitions have worsened in recent years. Petitioners face uncertainty and disruptions from...

 

HTMLLegal Counsel May Now Represent Employers in 9(g) Visa Application Interviews
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 19, 2014, previously published on July 17, 2014
Companies sponsoring foreign nationals for 9(g) Pre-Arranged Employment Visas may once again designate legal counsel to represent them during the visa interviews at the Bureau of Immigration. The Bureau has reversed a prior policy that prohibited counsel from appearing at interviews on behalf of...

 

HTMLObama Calls for Almost $4 Billion for Border
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 11, 2014
In response to a growing humanitarian crisis on the border with Mexico, President Obama is calling on Congress to appropriate $3.7 billion to stem families and unaccompanied minors illegally crossing into the U.S.

 

HTMLCentralization of Registration Card Issuance Delays Processing
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 9, 2014
Ireland has centralized processing for all registration card applications at Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) offices in Dublin. As a result, the registration card process is now two to three weeks longer for individuals residing outside of Dublin, for both new registration cards and...

 

HTMLRelaxed Requirements for Subclass 457 Visa Holders Seeking Permanent Residence and Other Changes
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 10, 2014
A new Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) policy that took effect on July 1 makes it easier for Subclass 457 visa holders seeking permanent residence under the Employer Nomination or Regional Sponsored Migration programs to demonstrate that they meet two-year prior employment...

 

HTMLAugust 2014 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 China and EB-2 India To Advance
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 8, 2014
According to the State Department’s August Visa Bulletin, the priority date cut-off for EB-3 China will advance by more than two years, to November 1, 2008, after the dramatic retrogression that took place in June. EB-2 India will move ahead by nearly five months, to January 22, 2009,...

 

HTMLCalifornia Supreme Court: "Illegal Immigrant Shouldn't Have Been Hired - But Can't Be Fired Illegally"
Jason A. Geller; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 3, 2014
On June 26, 2014, the California Supreme Court decided that an employee may proceed with a discrimination lawsuit even though he presented false work authorization documents to obtain employment in the first place.

 


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