In immigration news this week:
United States: Congress has passed two appropriations bills that will fund the federal government, including immigration functions, through September 30, 2020. E-Verify and the EB-5 Regional Center Program will be extended through the same date. According to the State Department's January 2020 Visa Bulletin, there will be modest employment-based cut-off date advancements for most countries. EB-1 worldwide is projected to advance rapidly and could become current in the coming months, while EB-3 worldwide is expected to retrogress. Japan: Foreign nationals who hold Temporary Visitor Visas can no longer apply to change their status to a Long-Term Work Visa except where the application is based on humanitarian reasons. Poland: On November 21, the minimum salary levels for foreign workers increased by an average of 7.2 percent from the previous quarter. Australia: The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business released a bulletin that identifies the list of occupations that are under consideration for a change in status on the Skilled Migration Occupation Lists. Certain occupations may be removed or moved between these lists following government review, impacting employers' ability to utilize the employer-based temporary and permanent visa programs. In Brexit news this week:
United Kingdom: Following the win by the Conservative Party in the general election, it is expected that the Withdrawal Agreement will pass through Parliament. If passed, there will be a 'transition period' and free movement will continue in the United Kingdom and the European Union until December 31, 2020. These items and other news from Bolivia, Chile, India, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, and Switzerland follow in this edition of the Fragomen Immigration Update.
Important Updates in Immigration This Week
United States, December 19, 2019
Congress Passes FY 2020 Spending Bills
The spending bills fund the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Labor and other federal agencies through FY 2020. The package reauthorizes E-Verify, the EB-5 Regional Center program and other expiring immigrations through September 30, 2020. The President is expected to sign the bills. To view entire article, click here.
January 2020 Visa Bulletin, December 19, 2019
Modest Employment-Based Cut-Off Date Advancements for Most Countries; EB-1 Worldwide Could Become Current in Coming Months, but EB-3 Worldwide Expected to Retrogress
All EB-1 countries except for China and India will advance by 2.5 months to October 1, 2018. China will advance by one week to May 22, 2017, while India will remain at January 1, 2015. EB-2 China will advance by one week, to July 1, 2015, and EB-2 India will advance by three days, to May 18, 2009. EB-3 China will advance by one month, to December 1, 2015 and EB-3 Philippines will advance by two weeks, to March 15, 2018. EB-3 India will remain unchanged. EB-1 Worldwide is expected to advance rapidly in the coming months and could become current by April 2020, while EB-3 Worldwide is expected to retrogress by March 2020. To view entire article, click here.
Poland, December 18, 2019
Minimum Salary Level Increased
Effective November 21, 2019, Poland has increased its minimum salary levels for foreign...