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New Digital Platform: Working in Belgium

A digital platform, “Working in Belgium,” intended to facilitate the filing and processing of applications, will be launched soon after a test phase. The Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement has an impact on UK business visitors: some activities are work permit-exempt. Finally, this article summarizes the main changes to the Flanders work/single permit legislation that […]

CANADA: New COVID-19 Travel Rules

A digital platform, “Working in Belgium,” intended to facilitate the filing and processing of applications, will be launched soon after a test phase. The Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement has an impact on UK business visitors: some activities are work permit-exempt. Finally, this article summarizes the main changes to the Flanders work/single permit legislation that […]

Global Mobility Issues: Tips for Avoiding Delays at Ports of Entry

Corporate executives who travel internationally and return to the United States frequently may want to qualify for a “Trusted Traveler” program like Global Entry. It is advisable to avoid pitfalls that would hamper the ability to come and go easily. As we inch toward the days when international travel will open up once again, considering […]

Immigration Update

In this issue, you will find updates from the DOS regarding visa services guidance and slightly expanded national interest exceptions for the regional COVID travel bans. Both are good news. CBP reminds us what documents a resident will need to board a plane returning to the U.S. and Vice President Kamala Harris will lead efforts […]

Top Immigration Pain Points for Employees

Employees have plenty to worry about under routine circumstances. The work ahead of them, relationships, family… we all have common threads that create anxiety. Add immigration to the mix, and the emotional burden can increase significantly. Employees and the global mobility teams they rely on are tasked with navigating an entirely different system that underlies […]

I-829 Processing Times Have Run Amok

USCIS is reporting online that the estimated processing time for a Form I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status at Immigrant Investor Program Office is now 37 to 248 months.  USCIS is only allowing case inquiries for cases filed before August 6, 2000.  This is preposterous, especially considering that USCIS is […]

Updated Travel Advisory – April 2021

Travel guidance has changed in the past few months due to surges in COVID-19 infections and a change in the administration. This advisory provides updates to travel bans and protocols, updates to National Interest Exceptions (NIE) for the Schengen area, and an overview on how to obtain a nonimmigrant visa appointment when requesting an NIE […]

‘Dreamers’ and Farmworker Bills Pass House; Fate in Senate Uncertain

On March 18, 2021, two bills that would create a legalization pathway for “Dreamers” and for farmworkers (H-2A temporary agricultural workers) received bipartisan support and passed in the House of Representatives. Passage in the Senate is uncertain, however. According to observers, prospects for both bills in their current form seem dim. Some believe that the […]

Global Update: Belgium

A change in legislation, published in the Belgian Official Journal on January 26, 2020, and effective January 27, 2021, is having substantial consequences for EU/Schengen travel to Belgium. Between January 27, 2021, and March 1, 2021, all non-essential travel was forbidden for all those whose main place of residence is located abroad. The Belgian State […]

E-Verify Update: Watch Your State’s Requirements

E-Verify is available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. However, it is not required in all states. Many states have passed their own laws mandating E-Verify in certain circumstances. In Florida, there are new requirements under a state […]

USCIS Reverts to 2008 Version of Naturalization Civics Test

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on February 22, 2021, that it is reverting to the 2008 version of the naturalization civics test beginning March 1, 2021. USCIS said it determined that the “development process, content, testing procedures, and implementation schedule” for the Trump-era revision implemented on December 1, 2020, “may inadvertently create potential […]

March Visa Bulletin Shows Big Leap Forward for Chinese and Indian EB-1s

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for March 2021 shows a seven-month leap forward for Chinese and Indian green card applicants in the employment-based first preference category, with a final action date of August 1, 2020, for both countries. In February, immigrant visas were available for those with priority dates earlier than January 1, 2020. […]