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UK Immigration Update – Statement of changes

New Statement of Changes to the UK Immigration Rules The Home Office has laid before Parliament the latest Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules, ushering in the additional alterations and refinements arising from the Migration Advisory Committee’s 2016 recommendations on numerous areas of the Rules. Below is a summary of the headline changes.  …

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Global Country Overview

The Republic of Ireland  Introduction Ireland has been a member of the European Union (EU) since 1973 and in recent years, attracted a large number of international organisations investing into Ireland and to set up Headquarters or hubs in Ireland. In 2015, the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) recorded a growth of 7.8% in the Irish…

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US Immigration Update

US Immigration Update: Temporary Block to new Executive Order   “Travel Ban” Executive Order Blocked by Hawaii Judge On 15th March 2017, hours before the new Executive Order was due to take effect, US District Judge Derrick Watson issued a temporary restraining order preventing the implementation of Executive Order 13780 nationwide. The revised Executive Order…

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US Immigration Update – New Executive Order

REMINDER: United States – New Executive Order (13780) takes effect 16 March 2017 The revised Executive Order regarding travel to the U.S., signed by President Trump on Monday, 06 March 2017, will take effect from 12:01 EDT on Thursday, 16 March 2017. The new Order, has broadly similar aims to its predecessor, and will impose…

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US Immigration Update – Site Inspections

Potential Increase in USCIS Site Inspections Since July 2009, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has conducted compliance reviews through the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program. Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) officers make unannounced visits to verify whether petitioners and beneficiaries are following the applicable immigration laws and regulations primarily for…

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UK Immigration Update

Brexit: UK-EU movement of people In the last week, two reports published within days of each other by the European Union Committee of the House of Lords (“Brexit: UK-EU movement of people”) and the House of Commons Exiting the European Union Committee (“The Government’s negotiating objectives: the rights of UK and EU citizens”), assess the…

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US Immigration Update – 07 March 2017

United States – Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States (13780) On Monday, 06 March 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order (EO) officially revoking the previous Executive Order on Immigration (No. 13769), implementation of which was halted following court orders applying across the U.S. The new Order,…

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US Immigration Update

USCIS Suspends Premium processing for All H-1B Petitions USCIS has announced that, as of 03 April 2017, they will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions for a period of up to six months. USCIS will issue further notification before premium processing for H-1B petitions resumes. This suspension will apply to all petitions filed…

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Global Immigration Update

Spain – Stricter Criteria for Residence Authorisation Application The Spanish authorities are using more stringent criteria to decide applications for work and residence permits for Highly Qualified Employees under the “Entrepreneurs’ Act” procedure. Applicants and employers should be aware that if the following criteria are not met, there is a high risk of denial: The…

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UK Immigration Update

Immigration Skills Charges The Home Office announced that the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) will be introduced from 6 April 2017. This is to be paid by Tier 2 Sponsors hiring migrant workers under the Tier 2 visa route. The rationale behind this decision is to ensure that the burden of costs in running the UK…

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US Immigration Update

Guidance on Immigration Obligations and Compliance In light of the recent, more stringent, implementation of immigration policy in the United States, Ferguson Snell and Associates wish to re-confirm the obligation on foreign nationals who are authorised to visit, study, work, or reside permanently in the United States to ensure they are following proper compliance procedures.…

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Global Immigration Update

IRELAND – Severe Processing Delays and More Security Due to the high volume of applications and processing changes, there are severe processing delays of Employment Permit applications. It is taking approximately 10 weeks to process standard Employment Permit applications filed with the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI). Appeal applications are currently taking 16…

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UK Immigration Update

Immigration Skills Charge  Overview The Home Office announced that the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) will be introduced from 6 April 2017. This is to be paid by Tier 2 Sponsors hiring migrant workers under the Tier 2 visa route. The rationale behind this decision is to ensure that the burden of costs in running the…

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UK Immigration Update

Immigration Skills Charge – imminent commencement The Home Office announced that the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) will be introduced from April 2017. This is to be paid by Tier 2 Sponsors hiring migrant workers under Tier 2 visa route. The justification offered in 2016 by former Immigration Minister – James Brokenshire – when the ISC…

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UK Immigration Update

Brexit Update : Home Office Portal Service for EEA Nationals In order to help streamline its processes and reduce the use of paper forms, the Home Office has now expanded its online services in relation to EEA nationals exercising treaty rights, who are applying for documents confirming residence under EU law. The online portal (www.gov.uk/eea-registration-certificate/overview)…