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HTMLRecord Number of H-1B Professional Work Visa Requests
Jamey E. Petri; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 3, 2016, previously published on April 13, 2016
On April 12, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the H-1B “cap” count, indicating that it received approximately 236,000 petitions for H-1B work visas for fiscal year 2017. This means that U.S. employers filed approximately 236,000 petitions during the short...

 

HTMLU.S. Consulate in Toronto to Suspend Third-Country National Visa Processing for the Summer
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 27, 2016, previously published on April 19, 2016
Between June and August 2016, the U.S. consulate in Toronto will suspend nonimmigrant visa appointments for third-country nationals (TCN) other than those residing in Canada, a consular official has confirmed. Although a limited number of summer TCN appointments in Toronto remain, these are...

 

HTMLNew Law Requires Declaration Against Discriminatory Recruitment Practices
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 27, 2016, previously published on April 19, 2016
A new rule requires sponsors submitting subclass 457 visa applications on or after April 19, 2016 or those awaiting approval as of that date to submit a declaration that they will not engage in recruitment practices that discriminate against potential employees on the grounds of immigration status...

 

HTMLAdditional Requirements Imposed for Oil and Gas Sector Work Permits
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 27, 2016, previously published on April 20, 2016
Employers of work permit applicants in the oil and gas sector must now pay a USD 100 administrative fee for work permit applications. Additionally, employees' application materials must now also be emailed to the Petroleum Commission, according to a new policy implemented by the Commission.

 

HTMLUSCIS Reaches FY 2017 H-1B Cap
Caroline Tang; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 26, 2016, previously published on April 8, 2016
As of April 7, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the H-1B quota or “cap” limitation for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has not yet confirmed the total number of petitions received for the 65,000 “general” quota or the 20,000...

 

HTMLH-1B Cap Reminder: To Ensure Timely Filing, Gather Documents and Submit LCAs Now
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 24, 2016, previously published on January 26, 2016
With just over two months until the start of the FY 2017 H-1B cap filing season, employers should be working with their immigration counsel to gather necessary documents and submit required labor condition applications (LCAs) so that they are ready to submit cap petitions during the week of Friday,...

 

HTMLDocument Legalization Requirements to be Simplified
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 24, 2016, previously published on February 10, 2016
On or about August 14, 2016, authorities in Brazil will accept documents legalized with apostille, which involves a streamlined legalization process available in certain countries. Consular legalization will no longer be required once the announcement is fully implemented.

 

HTMLProvincial Nomination Intake Reopened for Alberta and British Columbia
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 24, 2016, previously published on January 28, 2016
The provincial governments of Alberta and British Colombia have reopened the nomination streams and categories under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee (AINP) and British Columbia Nominee Programs (BC PNP), respectively, after the programs’ quotas were reached for 2015.

 

HTMLApplication Process Streamlined for Employment and Family Reunion Visas
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 24, 2016, previously published on February 2, 2016
The Federal Government has amended visa application procedures for work and family reunion entry visas in an effort to streamline applications for foreign workers and their families and to minimize the discrepancy in processing times between work and family reunion visas. The amended rules became...

 

HTMLHealth Surcharge Exemption Eliminated for Australian and New Zealand Nationals
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 24, 2016, previously published on February 4, 2016
On or after April 6, 2016, Australian and New Zealand nationals seeking to stay in the United Kingdom for more than six months or renewing their visa in country will be required to pay the immigration health surcharge as part of their visa application. In April 2015, the UK government introduced an...

 


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