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  • United States | May Visa Bulletin: No advancement in key categories; Final Action Dates to control filing eligibility

    The U.S. State Department released the May Visa Bulletin on Tuesday, showing no advancement in key employment-based categories. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that in May it will use Final Action Dates to determine filing eligibility. Final Action Dates Movement: EB-1 China EB-1 will remain at

  • Brazil | Visa requirement postponed again

    The Brazilian government announced that the visa requirement for nationals of Australia, Canada and the United States will now begin on April 10, 2025. Key Points: As previously reported, passport holders from Australia, Canada and the United States will soon be required to apply for an

  • United States | USCIS lifts limits to Form I-693 validity period

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that qualifying Forms I-693, Report of Immigration Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, issued on or after Nov. 1, 2023, can be used indefinitely as proof of health. Key Points: New guidance states that any

  • Mexico | Visa required for Peruvian nationals in Mexico

    The Mexican government announced that Peruvian nationals arriving for tourism or business will soon require a Mexican visa to enter the country. Key Points: Beginning April 20, Peruvian nationals must have a visa to enter Mexico for tourism or business purposes unless they: Have a

  • Canada | Update on international student permit cap

    Canadian officials released a statement on finalized provincial and territorial allocations for the 2024 cap on international student permit applications. Key Points: The national cap on study permit applications addressing the rapid increase of international students in Canada was first

  • United States | Data shows USCIS progress on reducing processing times

    USCIS released a new fact sheet with data spanning fiscal years 2016-2024 that shows the progress made in reducing processing times. Key Points: According to the data, median processing times were significantly lower in the first six months of the 2024 fiscal year than in the

  • United Kingdom | Latest immigration updates

    The Home Office provided further details on eVisa implementation and the minimum salary increase for skilled worker visas is now in effect. Key Points: Immigration officials provided additional information on the transition to the U.K. Visas and Immigration eVisa digital immigration system. The new eVisa will replace biometric residence permits, biometric

  • Israel | Work permit application deadline extended

    Israeli officials have announced that foreign employees in the non-expert category within the industry sector now have until April 14 to submit their work permit applications. Key Points: The deadline was previously March 21, and was extended again to March 31. The submission deadline has now been confirmed for April 14,

  • Canada | Permanent residency application fee increases

    Canadian officials announced fee increases for all permanent residency applications, effective April 30. ‌Key Points: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will increase permanent residence application fees, including: Right of permanent residence — 575 Canadian dollars — about US$423 (up from CA$515) Federal skilled, provincial nominee program,

  • United States | Interview waivers for B1/B2 visitor visas consolidated in New Delhi

    The U.S. Embassy in India recently announced new measures to consolidate B1/B2 interview waiver appointments. Key Points: B1/B2 interview waiver appointments have been consolidated in New Delhi beginning last month, March 2024. Due to consolidation, interview waiver appointments for visitor visas in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and

  • Episode 68: Assessing immigration strategies in light of fee increases, the upcoming election

      U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is now accepting H-1B petitions for cap-subject visas. The U.S. Embassy in India moves to streamline appointments. And why now is a good time for U.S. employers to rethink immigration strategies. Get this news and more in the new

  • United States | USCIS increases automatic extension period for certain work permits

    U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services announced a temporary final rule Thursday increasing the automatic extension period for certain employment authorization documents to up to 540 days. Key Points: A previous temporary final rule increasing the automatic extension period of some EADs

  • Ireland | Resident permit registration responsibilities updated

    Irish officials announced that Immigration Service Delivery will now have the primary responsibility of managing initial registrations and renewals for Irish immigration residence permits. Key Points: Effective April 8, first-time registration and renewals of Irish immigration residence permissions for applicants based in counties Dublin, Kildare, Meath

  • Ireland | Eligibility requirements updated for Stamp 4 permissions

    Irish officials announced that Stamp 1 CSEP holders or Stamp 1H permission holders are now eligible for a Stamp 4 upgrade upon completion of 21 months from the date of commencement of employment. Key Points: As BAL previously reported, Immigration Delivery

  • Australia | Migration strategy reforms begin to take effect

    The Australian government has begun the rollout of certain policies announced as part of the migration strategy. Key Points: As BAL previously reported, the Australian government released the latest migration strategy outlining key actions and new policy commitments to overhaul the

  • United States | Form N-400 offers “X” gender option

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services revised Form N-400 to provide a third gender option, “X.” Key Points: “X” is defined as “another gender identity.” The April 1 edition of Form N-400 will be the first USCIS form to include the X gender option, which will be

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