Immigration Law

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

Immigration Law

Contact: Rachel Lewis; Clarkslegal LLP (Reading, England)

Last year we reported that the government planned to introduce tougher civil penalties for employers who employ illegal workers by increasing the maximum penalty. Since then a draft order has been presented to parliament which will increase the maximum penalty from £10,000 to £20,000 per illegal worker (The Immigration (Employment of Adults Subject to Immigration Control) (Maximum Penalty) (Amendment) Order 2014).

Read more: Increased Penalty for Employing Illegal Workers

Contact: Liz Timmins; Clarkslegal LLP (Reading, England)

In the case of Wijesundera v Heathrow 3PL Logistics Ltd the EAT held that a Sri Lankan national who was working without a work permit was able to bring a claim of sexual harassment.

Read more: Illegal Worker Succeeds in Sexual Harassment Claim Against Employer

Contact: Liz Timmins; Clarkslegal LLP (Reading, England)

UK immigration continues to be a controversial issue. The BBC's Panorama programme has recently highlighted alleged abuses of the student visa system, including cheating in English tests and falsifying documents in order to provide illegal entry to the UK.

Read more: Controversy Over Student Visas and Fraudulent English Test Providers

Author: Henry J. Chang; Blaney McMurty (Ontario, Canada)

On February 11, 2014, the Government of Canada announced its intention to terminate the Federal Immigrant Investor Program (“IIP”) and Federal Entrepreneur Program (“EP”) and eliminate the large backlog of applications. These immigration-related announcements were contained in the Canadian Government’s 2014 Budget (the “Economic Action Plan 2014”).

Read more: Government of Canada to Eliminate Immigrant Investor and Entrepreneur Programs

Contact: Evelyn M. Suarez, Williams Mullen (North Carolina & Virginia, USA)

On January 21, 2014, the White House announced the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC to take place on August 5 and 6, 2014.  President Obama invited leaders from across the African continent with the aim of strengthening ties with one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest-growing regions.  Six of the world’s ten fastest growing economies of the past decade are in sub-Saharan Africa.  According to the White House Press Release, “[t]he Summit will build on the progress made since the President’s trip to Africa last summer, advance the Administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa, and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people.”


Read more: Africa’s Golden Opportunity To Engage the United States on Trade and Investment at the U.S. -...