Immigration Law

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Paget, Joel H.
Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC

Immigration Law

Until May 1, 2017, all citizens of Bulgaria, Romania, and Brazil were required to obtain a Temporary Resident Visa (“TRV”) before applying for admission to Canada.  However, as of May 1, 2017, many citizens of these countries are now permitted to enter Canada without a TRV.
The prior TRV requirement for citizens of Bulgaria and Romania was a significant issue for the European Union (“EU”), of which Bulgaria and Romania are Member States.  The EU has a common list of countries whose citizens must have a visa and of countries whose citizens are exempt from that requirement.  A fundamental principle of EU visa policy is to ensure that third countries on the visa-free list grant a reciprocal visa waiver to citizens of all EU Member States.  

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"There will be dire skills shortages" warns Monica Atwal, Managing Partner at Clarkslegal, while speaking to Forbes Magazine on Brexit's impact on immigration in the UK. As head of the Employment and Immigration practice she and her team provide advice and help for businesses on immigration issues. And as she sees it, UK companies of all sizes are making plans that, in some cases, include relocation.

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On the day that Theresa May triggered Article 50 to begin the formal process of the UK's divorce from the European Union, Mike Johnson of the BBC World Service and presenter of the BBC World Business Report interviews Clarkslegal's Chairman Michael Sippitt.

You can listen to the full programme here. To hear Michael Sippitt's interview, please start the playback at 06:00 minutes

BBC World Business Report

Written by: Stephen Blaker and Howard Shapiro

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that as of Monday, April 3, 2017, it will not accept Premium Processing requests for H-1B visa petitions for a temporary period expected to last up to six (6) months. This applies to all H-1B visa petitions, including extensions, amendments, cap-exempt and new employment petitions, such as those to be submitted in the FY18 Bachelor’s and Master’s Caps. USCIS has indicated that the suspension is required to eliminate the backlog on long-pending H-1B visa petitions. Starting on April 3, 2017, USCIS will reject any H-1B visa petition that is filed with a Form I-907 and one (1) combined check for the I-129 filing fees and the I-907 filing fee.

Read more: U.S. Immigration to Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

Implementation of Executive Order Imposing Temporary Travel and Refugee Ban

Written by Benjamin Lau and David Rugendorf

On March 6, 2017, President Trump reissued the Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” with an effective date of March 16, 2017. The previous Executive Order 13769 of January 27, 2017, will be revoked on March 16, 2017, and replaced with this reissued Order. 

The new Executive Order bans immigrant and nonimmigrant entries for nationals of six designated countries - Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen - for at least 90 days beginning on March 16, 2017. The new Executive Order specifically removes Iraq from the list of designated countries.  

Read more: President Trump’s Executive Order: Travel Ban