In immigration news this week:
Iraq: Due to the deteriorating security situation in Iraq and the surrounding region, several countries have issued travel warnings to their nationals regarding all travel to Iraq. United States: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has formally announced details related to its H-1B cap registration process for FY 2021, though important details remain unknown, including how and when employers and their counsel can create online registration accounts. Philippines: Foreign nationals holding a valid Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-Card), such as long-term work visa holders, must appear at a Bureau of Immigration office by February 29 to file their Annual Report (AR). Alternatively, they can authorize their Fragomen immigration professional to file the AR on their behalf. France: The Ministry of Home Affairs has implemented improvements to the Talent Passport program, including expedited processing and the expansion of the Temporary Residence Permit and change of status programs to include intracompany transferees. Austria: Effective January 1, the minimum monthly salary for EU Blue Card applicants has increased by 2.2 percent from 2019. Denmark: Effective January 1, the minimum annual salary for foreign workers under the Pay Limit Scheme, the primary Danish work authorization type, has increased by 2.1 percent from 2019. These items and other news from Bahrain, Colombia, Ecuador, Ireland, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, Tunisia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam follow in this edition of the Fragomen Immigration Update.
Important Updates in Immigration This Week
France, January 9, 2020 Talent Passport Improvements Implemented
The Ministry of Home Affairs has implemented the following key improvements to the Talent Passport program to streamline and ease the application process:
Expedited application processing; Expansion of the Temporary Residence Permit to intracompany transferees; and Expansion of the change of status program. To view entire article, click here.
Iraq, January 8, 2020 Immigration Impacts of Current Situation
Due to the deteriorating security situation in Iraq and the surrounding region, governments of several countries have issued travel warnings for their nationals regarding all travel to Iraq. Employers with pending invitation letters at U.S. consulates in Iraq should expect delays in the process due to the suspension of operations at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Fragomen is currently assisting clients with regional and global crisis management plans, including evacuation of personnel from Iraq and identifying alternative deployment options and countries. To view entire article, click here.
United States, January 8, 2020 USCIS Announces Preliminary Details on H-1B Cap Registration for FY 2021, Though Questions Remain
USCIS has provided some additional information about its online H-1B cap registration for FY 2021, but important details remain unknown, including how and when employers and their counsel can set up online accounts in preparation for the cap registration period. The registration filing period remains March 1 to March 20, 2020, barring any unexpected circumstances. Before March 1, USCIS is expected to release detailed instructions on how to file H-1B cap registrations and other requirements of the new process. To view entire article, click here.
Austria, January 8, 2020 EU Blue Card Salary Level Increased
Effective January 1, 2020, the minimum monthly salary...