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HTMLTemporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepal
Foster LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 3, 2015, previously published on Jul 2, 2015
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepal. Citizens and nationals of Nepal who presently reside in the United States may apply for TPS and work authorization in the form of an Employment Authorization Document...

 

HTMLVisa and Passport Delays Expected to Continue
Mechelle Zarou; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 9, 2015
On June 12, 2015, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs first announced that a hardware failure on June 9 had led to technical problems with overseas passport and visa systems. The hardware failure had halted the flow of security clearance requests from the overseas posts to...

 

HTMLRestoration of Visa Issuance at Some Posts
William L. Coffman; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 24, 2015
The US Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs reports that the database responsible for handling biometric clearances has been restored and is undergoing testing. As of today, June 24, 2015, 39 posts are back online and issuing visas. These posts represent more than two-thirds of...

 

HTMLU.S. Department of State Announces Two-Thirds of its Consular Posts are Online and Processing Visas
Geetha Nadiminti Adinata, Vivien Fang Peaden, Mary E. Pivec, Charles A. Roach; Ford & Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 24, 2015
Executive Summary: On June 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) updated its alert regarding the technical problems that resulted in world-wide delays in visa processing, announcing that 39 consular posts, representing more than two-thirds of the agency's normal capacity, are now online and...

 

HTMLTechnical Issues Prompt Suspension of Overseas U.S. Visa Processing
Henry J. Chang; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 22, 2015
Earlier this month, the United States Department of State (“DOS”) announced that, due to technical problems, it was temporarily unable to issue U.S. visas at consular posts abroad. This problem is currently affecting overseas visa processing worldwide.

 

HTMLFinal Canadian Citizenship Act Reforms Effective as of June 11, 2015
Henry J. Chang; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 22, 2015
As I previously reported, on February 6, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Minister (the “Minister”) Chris Alexander first unveiled Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, which proposed significant amendments to the Canadian Citizenship Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-29). I...

 

HTMLResolution Comes Slowly For U.S. Visa Issuance Delays
Foster LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 23, 2015
On June 12, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) reported delays in visa issuance at U.S. embassies and consular posts worldwide due to technical issues impacting the transmission of biometrics for completion of required background checks. The DOS subsequently advised that the system would not...

 

HTMLU.S. Department of State Experiences another World-Wide Delay in Visa Processing
Geetha Nadiminti Adinata, Mary E. Pivec, Charles A. Roach; Ford & Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 17, 2015
Executive Summary: On June 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that it is experiencing technical problems with its visa system, which have resulted in delays in printing visas and may require rescheduling some visa interviews.

 

HTMLNew Rules and Fees for Some Foreign Workers
Melanie C. Samuels; Singleton Urquhart LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2015, previously published on June 19, 2015
As of February 21 this year, foreign workers who are in Canada and who are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process cannot receive an employer-specific work permit unless the employer has first fulfilled certain requirements. New fees also came into effect on the same date for...

 

HTMLU.K. - Tier 2 Monthly Quota Reached
Foster LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2015, previously published on June 22, 2015
The quota for non-EU national skilled workers in the United Kingdom has been reached for the first time since the classification was implemented in 2011. The quota applies to those employer applications filed for employees under the Tier 2 work authorization category and on the basis of a...

 


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