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Inside Business Immigration: Weekly News Round Up, Sept. 15-19, 2014

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


In This Issue

DOS Announces Some Visa Reciprocity Updates
Ian Macdonald

The Department of State (DOS) announced changes to the Country Reciprocity Tables.  The Country Reciprocity Tables list additional visa fees that must be paid by nationals of certain countries when applying for certain types nonimmigrant visa stamps at US Consulates abroad.  The Tables also list whether applicants of a certain country are subject to a … Continue Reading

Global Employer Alert — Kuwait Authorities Conducting a Wide-Scale Enforcement Action on Alleged Fraudulent Immigration Filings
Ian Macdonald

As reported by Kuwaiti media, authorities in Kuwait are cracking down on possible employment-based immigration schemes involving up to 3,000 sham companies that were set up and used as vehicles to obtain work permits for foreign companies.  This has led to 5,000 files of various companies being held and audited by Kuwaiti authorities.  It appears as though … Continue Reading

Employers Take Note: The Start Date For This Year’s H-1B Cap Cases Is Around the Corner
Ian Macdonald

The majority of employees selected for the FY2015 H-1B cap will be changing status on October 1, 2014 and employers should be mindful of the following: Any FY2015 H-1B petition that is still pending approval for an employee who is working pursuant to the F-1/H-1B cap gap provision should be premium processed now. Employers should … Continue Reading

DOL Report on FY2014 Prevailing Wage Determinations Provides Some Surprising Data for Employers
Ian Macdonald

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released its FY 2014 statistics on prevailing wage determinations for U.S. employers in connection with the sponsorship for foreign workers. This report provides interesting insight into prevailing wage requests by U.S. employers and their representatives for H-1B petitions, H-2B petitions and PERM labor certifications. It also reveals some broader … Continue Reading

CBP Announces Optimized Processing for First-Time Canadian TN and L Applicants
Ian Macdonald

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced optimized processing procedures at fourteen ports-of-entry, including four pre-clearance locations, for Canadian citizens seeking TN or L status for the first time. This initiative is designed to increase customer satisfaction, decrease wait times and allow CBP to effectively deal with increased volume of Canadian TN and L … Continue Reading

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