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Residence and employment implications for British citizens in Malta following no-deal Brexit
  • Malta
  • 21 June 2019

In light of the continuous developments and ambiguity surrounding the Brexit negotiations, as well as the uncertainty facing British citizens who currently reside in EU member states, the Maltese government recently propagated regulations concerning the residence and employment rights which will be upheld for British citizens who already reside and work in Malta. The regulations are set to come into force in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Stricter language skill requirements for foreign nationals
Lenz & Staehelin
  • Switzerland
  • 07 June 2019

The Foreign Nationals Act has been renamed the Foreign Nationals and Integration Act, with effect from 1 January 2019. The Foreign Nationals and Integration Act has revised the earlier provisions and introduced new ones to encourage and support foreign nationals' integration into Switzerland. Further, the act now includes provisions relating to the integration of non-EU nationals in Switzerland.

New presidential border security and immigration memorandum
Fakhoury Global Immigration
  • USA
  • 17 May 2019

President Donald Trump has issued a memorandum to the attorney general and secretary of homeland security as a follow-up measure to a recent proclamation which declared a national emergency in order to address the security and humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border. The memorandum confirms that further steps should be proposed to enhance the integrity and efficiency of the existing asylum system.

BALCA approval of equivalency language is double-edged sword
Fakhoury Global Immigration
  • USA
  • 10 May 2019

The Board of Alien Labour Certification (BALCA) recently reversed a decision where a certifying officer had denied a Programme Electronic Review Management labour application because the employer had not specified the exact combination of education, training and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree that would be acceptable. BALCA held that the language used by the employer had been acceptable.

BALCA disregards Form 9089 Section K licence instruction
Fakhoury Global Immigration
  • USA
  • 03 May 2019

The Board of Alien Labour Certification recently ruled that there is a lack of clarification about licensing on Form 9089 and that a Programme Electronic Review Management application should not be denied for failure to state the alien's acquisition of a licence. However, the fly in the ointment is that while Form 9089 does not itself clarify this point, the separate instructions to the form do require employers to include licence acquisition.

Statement of changes to immigration rules – implications for Tier 1 (Investor) visa applicants and holders
Forsters LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 March 2019

The Home Office recently released its statement of changes setting out proposed changes to UK immigration rules. The statement contains the long-awaited details of changes to the Tier 1 (Investor) visa, which were announced in December 2018 shortly after the Home Office backtracked from its announcement that the visa was about to be suspended. The proposed changes are significant and clarity is needed with regard to the application of the transitional rules.

EB-1, EB-3 and Other Workers India categories see progress
Fakhoury Global Immigration
  • USA
  • 22 February 2019

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Post-Brexit free movement of persons between United Kingdom and Switzerland
Lenz & Staehelin
  • Switzerland
  • 22 February 2019

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, British nationals who take up residence in Switzerland after 29 March 2019 would not benefit from any rights of protections currently granted under the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons and would thus be considered non-EU nationals. Under Switzerland's ordinary immigration regime, non-EU nationals generally have no right to obtain a Swiss residence and work permit, and Swiss immigration authorities have wide discretionary power when reviewing permit applications.

Status of British citizens living in Luxembourg post-Brexit
Castegnaro
  • Luxembourg
  • 22 February 2019

The Council of Government recently came to an agreement on the status of British citizens living in Luxembourg in the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019 without a withdrawal agreement. According to the statement, answers to questions concerning the situation of British nationals living in Luxembourg, as well as Luxembourg nationals living in the United Kingdom, are available online.

Foreign worker permits: frequently asked questions
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co
  • Israel
  • 15 February 2019

Israeli and international organisations seeking to employ foreign workers in Israel in management positions or in positions that require special expertise or training must apply for a foreign expert work permit (B/1 permit) from the Population and Immigration Authority. The employment of foreign workers without a proper work permit constitutes a criminal offence, which may lead to fines and other criminal penalties being levied on the employer and its senior management, as well as on the employees.

United States continues to accelerate China's growth as technological superpower
Fakhoury Global Immigration
  • USA
  • 01 February 2019

Recent media reports indicate that the United States is quickly losing its place as the top destination for global talent, resulting in a growing 'brain drain' of skilled talent to countries such as China. Moreover, recent policy changes have made it increasingly difficult for foreign-born students to remain in the United States after graduation. Such short-sighted measures will only hinder US competitiveness in the long run.

New regime for hiring foreign employees
Makarim & Taira S
  • Indonesia
  • 21 December 2018

Indonesian entities must comply with certain requirements and follow a specific procedure when hiring foreign employees. The requirements and procedure used to be provided for in Minister of Manpower (MOM) Regulation 16/2015, as amended by MOM Regulation 35/2015. However, in 2018 the MOM issued a new regulation, which introduced a requirement to obtain a notification from the MOM when hiring foreign employees.

New labour condition application form implemented
Fakhoury Global Immigration
  • USA
  • 07 December 2018

The Department of Labour recently announced the implementation of the new Labour Condition Application (LCA) form. The prior LCA form is no longer acceptable. The implementation of the new form will affect LCA processing, since additional information will now be needed to complete the new form. Among other changes, the new LCA form now requires the full legal name and any 'doing business as name' for end clients where the H-1B worker will be placed to perform job duties.

F-1 cap-gap status: work authorisation extension no longer valid from 1 October 2018
Fakhoury Global Immigration
  • USA
  • 30 November 2018

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services issued an alert on 28 September 2018 reminding F-1 students with an H-1B petition that remained pending on 1 October 2018 that they risk accruing unlawful presence if they continue to work on or after 1 October (unless otherwise authorised to continue employment) because their cap-gap work authorisation was valid only until 30 September.

Employment and Training Administration's lack of control over H-2B process jeopardises businesses
Fakhoury Global Immigration
  • USA
  • 23 November 2018

The Department of Labour's Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently found that the Employment and Training Administration's lack of control over the H-2B applications process has jeopardised businesses that depend on H-2B workers. According to the OIG, H-2B application processing delays "could prevent employers from obtaining foreign workers by their date of need" or "obtain[ing] US workers to fill those positions".

President Trump signs KIWI Act on non-immigrant treaty traders and investors
Fakhoury Global Immigration
  • USA
  • 16 November 2018

The Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors (KIWI) Act was signed into law on 1 August 2018. The KIWI Act will allow eligible NZ nationals to enter the United States as non-immigrant traders and investors provided that New Zealand grants reciprocal treatment to US nationals.

DHS issues final rule eliminating non-immigrant visa exemption for certain Caribbean residents
Fakhoury Global Immigration
  • USA
  • 31 August 2018

The Department of Homeland Security recently issued a final rule eliminating the non-immigrant visa exemption for certain Caribbean residents seeking to enter the United States as H-2A agricultural workers and the spouses or children who accompany or follow these workers. As a result of the related interim final rule, these non-immigrants must have both a valid passport and visa.

Foreign employers face penalties for non-compliance with working and wage conditions regarding notification procedure
  • Switzerland
  • 17 August 2018

Under the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons, nationals of EU and European Free Trade Association states have the right to freely choose their place of work or residence within the territories of the contracting parties. Accompanying measures have been introduced to protect workers from the risk of non-compliant working and wage conditions that could occur with the free movement of persons. The measures are largely regulated by the Federal Act on Posted Workers and its ordinance.

Uncertainty surrounding legal status of foreign employees
Makarim & Taira S
  • Indonesia
  • 17 August 2018

The employment of foreign citizens in Indonesia is subject to various restrictions, including with regard to employment terms. Foreign employees can be employed only on a temporary basis and thus cannot be considered permanent employees. However, they also cannot be considered fixed-term employees under Articles 56 and 59 of the Manpower Law. Despite this framework, mediators and the Industrial Relations Court have expressed inconsistent views on the legal status of foreign employees.

Special agri-food work permits – tackling labour supply issues?
  • Ireland
  • 03 August 2018

The minister for business, enterprise and innovation recently signed off on changes to the Employment Permits Regulations, making it easier for certain businesses in the agri-food sector to source workers from outside the European Economic Area. The announcement is a positive indication of the government's willingness to meet Ireland's changing labour needs and may signal a more flexible approach.

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