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Inside Business Immigration: Weekly News Round Up, Oct. 27-31, 2014

Weekly News Impacting Global Employers Covered by Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance Practice

In This Issue

November 3 Is the Deadline for Entry Into the 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Program
Shaun Staller
Online registration for the FY 2016 Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program will conclude on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 12:00 noon (EDT). There is no cost to register for the DV lottery. Entries for the DV Program must be submitted electronically at Please note that individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified. … Continue Reading

Immigration Benefits Extended to Include Gestational Mothers Using Assisted Reproductive Technology
Dillon Colucci
Employers should note that U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that gestational mothers who use assisted reproductive technology meet the definition of "Mother" and "Parent" under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). For example, a woman who became pregnant through an egg donor will be (1) able to petition for her child based … Continue Reading

E-2 Investor Visas May Soon Be Available to Israeli Nationals
Avani H. Patel
Israeli business owners and investors may soon be eligible to apply for E-2 visas in the United States. E-2 visas are non-immigrant visas available to citizens of countries that have entered into a bi-lateral agreement with the United States. E-2 visas will be available to an individual Israeli citizen who is the primary investor, executive, manager … Continue Reading

Italy Offers Expedited Intracompany Transfer Application Process
Rebecca Schechter
Intracompany transfer to Italy from non-EU countries are now able to take advantage of two- to three-week work permit processing, pursuant to a new fast-track procedure implemented by the Ministry of Interior. The standard work permit process, which includes approval from the Italian Labour Board, can take two to five months. With the fast-track process, … Continue Reading

Canada’s ‘Express Entry’ Permanent Residence Program Beginning in January 2015
Rebecca Schechter
Applicants for certain Canadian immigration programs can look forward to a faster permanent residency process in the new year. Foreign nationals seeking permanent residence through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and parts of the Provincial Nominee Program should complete the Express Entry process in six months. … Continue Reading

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