In immigration news this week:
United States: The Department of Homeland Security's public charge regulation is set to take effect October 15, though a number of U.S. states and advocacy groups are challenging the rule. The State Department has put forth a similar public charge regulation that will also take effect on October 15 and will apply to visa applicants at U.S. consulates abroad. Starting November 3, foreign nationals applying for immigrant visas at U.S. consulates abroad must prove that they will have unsubsidized health insurance within 30 days of their entry to the United States or the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical expenses. Austria: The Austrian government is expected to implement a new fine and penalty scheme for employers of posted workers who violate record keeping requirements, following the European Court of Justice's finding that the current scheme violates the principle of proportionality under European Union law. Thailand: Changes to the Work Permit process are expected to streamline the processing time of Work Permit applications at the One-Stop Service Center (OSSC). These items and other news from Brazil, France, the Philippines, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States follow in this edition of the Fragomen Immigration Update.
Important Updates in Immigration This Week
United States, October 10, 2019State Department Issues Public Charge Regulation to Align with DHS Rule
The State Department's new rule will impose a higher standard on both nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applicants to establish they are not likely to become a public charge of the U.S. government. The rule is set to take effect Tuesday, October 15. It is unclear how the agency will fully implement the regulation as new forms have not yet been issued in connection with the change. Public charge review of visa applicants abroad will largely align with the new Department of Homeland Security public charge rule, also set to take effect October 15. To view entire article, click here.
United States, October 8, 2019Presidential Proclamation Imposes Health Insurance Requirement on Immigrant Visa Applicants
Starting November 3, applicants for immigrant visas will be required to show that they will have unsubsidized health insurance within 30 days of entry to the United States or the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical expenses, according to a presidential proclamation. Unmarried...