Immigration Law

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

Immigration Law

Contact: Liz Timmins; Clarkslegal (Reading, England)

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have recently made changes to the Tier 2 and 5 sponsor guidance published on its website. UKVI already imposes onerous obligations on employers who sponsor employees who are from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) on Tier 2 visas. The changes, which mostly take effect from 19 November 2015, introduced more onerous reporting and record-keeping obligations and tougher sanctions for employers who don’t meet these to UKVI’s satisfaction:

Read more: More onerous duties imposed on employers who sponsor employees on Tier 2 visas

By Joel PagetJanet Cheetham, Amy Royalty & Marsha Mavunkel; Ryan Swanson (Washington, USA)



Update: Since this article was originally published, it has been confirmed that Washington State residents will have two more years to use standard driver’s licenses to get through airport security before they are no longer compliant with the federal Real ID Act. The two-year extension is intended to give Washington State a final chance to meet the new guidelines. We still recommend getting an enhanced driver’s license or U.S. passport soon, to ensure you have the proper documentation for air travel by the deadline.

Read more: UPDATE - Immigration Alert: Domestic Travel Identification Requirements to Change in Early 2016

Author: Hassan Elhais

TOP 5 Requirements when requesting for extradition:

1. Firstly, expatriates have the right to request for an extradition. The extradition must be done of persons who are wanted in the UAE for certain crimes.

Read more: TOP 5 Requirements when requesting for extradition

Contact: Janet Cheetham, Joel PagetAmy Royalty & Marsha Mavunkel; Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC (Washington, USA)

The DV-2017 program registration period will run through noon, ET on November 3, 2015. The DV-2017 program is conducted entirely electronically, including electronic entry.  If you have not applied we encourage you to apply early. In the past, system delays caused by extremely heavy demand in the final days of the registration period prevented some individuals from submitting entries.

Read more: Department of State 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Ends November 3rd

Contact: Henry Chang; Blaney McMurty (Ontario, Canada)

As previously discussed, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) implemented its Express Entry system on January 1, 2015. Since that date, CIC has issued two rounds of Invitations to Apply (“ITAs”), which invite selected Express Entry applicants to submit applications for permanent residence under one of the following categories:

Read more: CIC Begins Sending Invitations to Apply Under Express Entry