Guidance on submitting medical forms for employment-based AOS applicants provided

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided guidance this week to employment-based Adjustment of Status (AOS) applicants regarding the submission of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. Key Points: Applicants who are planning to file an Adjustment of Status application should generally include a valid Form I-693 (a Form I-693 is valid
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New job advertisement service to be launched July 4

The Australian government has announced that it will replace its employment service tool in July. Key Points: Beginning July 4, Workforce Australia Online will replace JobActive as Australia’s official job advertisement service. Employers who need to advertise positions to meet labor market testing requirements will be required advertise positions through Workforce Australia Online as of
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USCIS to hold webinar on ‘Uniting for Ukraine’ online filing process

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is holding a webinar Thursday on the “Uniting for Ukraine” program. Key Points: The webinar will be held June 30 from 2 to 3:15 p.m. EST. USCIS will provide an overview of the “Uniting for Ukraine” program. Agency officials will also demonstrate the process for filing Form I-134 Declaration
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Processing times for certain work permit applications shortened

IMPACT – MEDIUM The Italian government has shortened time it takes to obtain certain work permits. Key Points: Italian authorities will now issue work permits (Nulla Osta) within 30 days of receiving the application instead of 60 days. The shortened process does not apply to applications for Intra-company Transferees (ICT) permits, Blue Card permits or
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Issuance of visit visas suspended

IMPACT – MEDIUM The Kuwaiti government has suspended the issuance of certain visit visas. Key Points: As of June 26, Kuwaiti immigration services will no longer issue visit visas for family members or tourists until further notice. Visit visas that were previously issued remain valid and can be used to enter the country. Commercial visit
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Biden choice for ICE withdraws more than a year after nomination

Ed Gonzalez, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has removed himself from consideration for the post. Key Points: Biden nominated Gonzalez, the Sherriff of Harris County, Texas, more than a year ago, on April 27, 2021. The Senate never voted on his nomination. Gonzalez said he reached
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COVID-19: Border measures to be lifted

The Finnish government has announced that it will lift its COVID-19 border measures. Key Points: Beginning June 30, travelers from outside the EU or Schengen Area will no longer face COVID-related border measures. Travelers will no longer be required to have proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or proof of a negative pre-departure
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