• Fragomen Immigration Update: May 8 - May 14, 2015
  • May 25, 2015
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • In the United States, EB-2 China and India will continue to advance, by twelve months and six months respectively. There will be modest EB-3 advancement for most countries, however, the Philippines will continue to retrogress given the surge in demand in prior months.

    Employers in Canada will see increased compliance efforts from Employment and Social Development Canada and a new penalty scheme for noncomplying employers. Information pertaining to Express Entry and changes to Canadian citizenship qualifications were also discussed at the Canadian Bar Association’s National Immigration Law Conference.

    In Costa Rica, employers may experience delays in the initiation and renewal of immigration applications, Short Stay Permits, residence and change of employer applications as they will no longer be able to schedule appointments the day before they seek to file their applications. Brazilian embassies in the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific (including Australia and New Zealand) and Europe are operating with a reduced staff due to a strike of diplomatic employees.

    In Ireland, the Trusted Partner Initiative, which was launched on May 12, should streamline the employment permit application process for employers and EEA contractors.

    In Israel, foreign nationals with Short Employment Authorizations seeking to change the validity date of their work permit must submit a new application with a government fee of NIS 1,200.

    In Singapore, starting June 1, 2015, Employment Pass, S Pass, Work Permit, Dependant Pass and Long Term Visit Pass applicants will be subject to a mandatory online application process that is significantly faster than manual application processing.

    These items and other news from Canada, the European Union, Israel, Nigeria, the Philippines, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and the United States follow in this edition of the Fragomen Immigration Update.