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Canada Launches New Immigration Stream for Ukrainians

The Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) allows Ukrainian nationals to apply for a Canadian visa without most of the usual requirements (free of charge, exempt from completing an immigration medical exam overseas, the option to apply for an open work permit, exempt from Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements) excepting biometrics in certain cases and ArriveCAN. […]

Traveling to to Schengen Countries: Information for Non-European Union Nationals

Non-European Union (EU) visitors can stay in the Schengen countries for maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period, but the calculation is not easy. The Schengen area currently includes 26 EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, […]

My Immigration Story with Miki Kawashima Matrician – Being the Bridge

This May, WR Immigration is celebrating the outstanding contributions of our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) partners.  Miki Kawashima Matrician is a partner at WR Immigration’s Boston office and a Japanese immigrant from Nara, Japan.  Having experienced the immigration process herself, Miki seeks to provide a bridge between the complex, labyrinthian immigration process and […]

My Immigration Story with Naveen Rahman Bhora – Lessons in Compassion

This May, WR Immigration is celebrating the outstanding contributions of our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) partners.  Partner Naveen Rahman Bhora quickly stands out as a leader in the field, having cultivated an international reputation for her expertise in U.S. immigration matters.  Her accomplishments include scores of publications on advanced immigration topics, presentations at […]

“My Immigration Story” with Partner Vivian Zhu: Courageous Moves

A special WR Immigration post celebrating Women’s History Month by Lindsey Hogan According to WR Partner Vivian Zhu, living your best life means learning to embrace change and challenge.  Vivian’s immigration story involves a series of courageous moves that show this mantra in action.  In a period of less than 10 years, Vivian lived on […]

Afghanistan: Tips and Resources for HR Professionals, Employees and Others

Following the U.S. exit from Afghanistan, the Taliban takeover, and the resulting crisis and evacuation, affected HR professionals, and Afghan and other employees, have been scrambling to address the ensuing resettlement and immigration issues. Approximately 70,000 Afghans have arrived in the United States as part of Operation Allies Welcome, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) […]

Ukraine: Ways You Can Help

Below is a non-exhaustive selection of nonprofit organizations providing help with various aspects of the Ukraine crisis and taking donations. There are many other legitimate charities. Some have Ukraine-specific funds, while others use the money for their work in Ukraine and elsewhere. WR Immigration encourages anyone wishing to donate to do independent research on their […]

Ukraine: News Updates

U.S. Senator Padilla Coordinates Help for Ukrainians U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA), chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, has been coordinating efforts to work with allies in the Ukraine region to provide refugee and humanitarian assistance, protect Ukrainian nationals in the United States, and impose sanctions. Sen. Padilla’s office has provided a form […]

UKRAINIAN RESOURCE PAGE

As the world reels from the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and the resulting crisis, affected HR professionals, and Ukrainian and other employees, are scrambling to address the ensuing issues and problems. Below are tips, updates, and resources that may be helpful.  Tips for HR Professionals  Ukrainian employees will be suffering, and it’s understandable that […]

2022 Immigration Outlook: Countries Compete for Talent—Will the U.S. Be Left Behind?

Changes in the U.S. government and around the world due to the effects of politics, natural disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic, shifting business needs, worker mobility, and an increasingly digital world rapidly accelerated by the pandemic, have had a major impact on immigration. These changes may be temporary in some cases and more permanent in others. […]

State Dept. Announces F/M/J Nonimmigrant Visa Processing Posts Outside of Moscow for Applicants Resident in Russia

The Department of State (DOS) announced on January 21, 2022, that due to “severely limited consular operations in Moscow,” DOS has designated multiple posts for processing certain nonimmigrant visa applications from persons resident in Russia. Russia-based student visa applicants (F and M categories), academic exchange J visitors (student, professor, research scholar, short-term scholar, and specialist […]

Self-Employment Visas in Italy: An Overview

The type and number of self-employment (Lavoro Autonomo) authorizations available to non-European Union (EU) nationals are set by means of the quota decree (decreto-flussi). Not all self-employment categories are available each year. In general, to be eligible for self-employment, an applicant must: Have suitable accommodation in Italy; Have financial resources exceeding the minimum level set […]