UNITED STATES – USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

Effective 28 January 2019, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for all fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

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UNITED KINGDOM – Changes to Right-to-Work Checks in 2019

Effective 28 January 2019, employers in the United Kingdom will be able to rely on an online right-to-work check to prove the status of prospective employees.

The online Right to Work Checking Service was introduced in April 2018, but currently employers in the UK still need to request paper documents alongside using the service.

The changes will also make it simpler for UK nationals without British passports to demonstrate their citizenship by enabling them to use short birth or adoption certificates, which they can get for free, instead of the long versions.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Changes to Right-to-Work Checks in 2019

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KENYA – In-Country Work Permits Suspended [UPDATED]

As of 10 December 2018, the Kenyan government has issued a directive suspending the in-country issuance of work permits and visa extensions. Once implemented, applications for entry/work permits must be submitted while the foreign national is outside Kenya. Upon the expiry of a permit or pass, the foreign national will be required to leave the country until the permit or pass is renewed and issued.

[UPDATE] As of 14 January 2019, this directive has not yet been implemented. However, increased scrutiny is being given to all applications with more stringent vetting of approvals for permits and passes. Approvals will only be given for positions where it is clearly demonstrated that there is no local skill-set available or that the sponsoring entity has taken genuine steps to train Kenyan understudies.

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UNITED KINGDOM – No Suspension of Tier 1 (Investor); Publication of Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules [LATEST]

Tier 1 (Investor)

On 6 December 2018, various press outlets reported, based on an unpublished government press release, that the Home Office had suspended the Tier 1 (Investor) route until further notice.

However, on 11 December 2018 a Home Office spokesperson commented:

“The Tier 1 (Investor) visa is not currently suspended. However, the Government remains committed to reforming the route. A further announcement will be made in due course. Any suspension would be implemented through changes to the Immigration Rules.”

Statement of Changes

The Home Office has published its latest Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules, announced on 6 December 2018.

The new Statement of Changes does not include most of the reforms to Tier 1 outlined in that announcement.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS extends and expands temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B petitions

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is extending and expanding the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions.

Originally intended to last until 10 September 2018, USCIS now expects the expanded suspensions to last until 19 February 2019.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS extends and expands temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B petitions

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio and Kattar.

UNITED STATES – USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, in order to reduce overall H-1B processing times, they will temporarily suspend premium processing for all Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions starting 2 April 2018.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio and Kattar.

OMAN – Six-Month Ban on Hiring Foreign Nationals in 87 Professions

Effective immediately, Oman’s Ministry of Manpower has suspended the recruitment of foreign nationals in 87 professions, across ten sectors, for six months.

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OMAN – Six-Month Ban on Hiring Foreign Nationals in 87 Professions

This news alert was prepared using information provided by HelpXpat Relocations.