CANADA/MEXICO/UNITED STATES – Revised Trade Deal Leaves Work Visa Provisions Unchanged

The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), reached between Canada, Mexico and the United States late on 30 September 2018, leaves intact the immigration provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which it will replace if ratified.

Qualifying business persons will continue to be able to travel and work under the same rules as before. The USMCA must still be ratified by lawmakers in all three countries.

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CANADA/MEXICO/UNITED STATES – Revised Trade Deal Leaves Work Visa Provisions Unchanged

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UNITED STATES – New Deportation Policy Implemented But Not for Employment Petitions

Effective 1 October 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun implementing its 28 June 2018 policy memorandum, prioritising the removal of foreign nationals from the United States on the basis of public safety, in compliance with Executive Order 13768.

The new policy expands the issuance of Notice to Appear (NTA) documents, the beginning of formal deportation proceedings, to foreign nationals who are denied a visa extension or change of status or whose visa expires during an application.

However, USCIS has confirmed that the new policy will not be implemented with respect to employment-based or humanitarian petitions at this time. However, USCIS may issue further guidance extending the new policy to employment-based applications in the future.

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UNITED STATES – New Deportation Policy Implemented But Not for Employment Petitions

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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

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UNITED STATES – New Policy Threatens Deportation If Visa Extension is Denied

On 28 June 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum providing guidance on Executive Order 13768 on the enhancement of public safety through immigration policies. The policy, originally intended to take effect by 28 July 2018, will now be implemented once operational guidance has been issued.

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UNITED STATES – New Policy Threatens Deportation If Visa Extension is Denied

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RUSSIA – New Address Registration Rules [UPDATED]

A number of local migration offices are refusing to accept applications for registration of foreign nationals, especially in cases where housing is provided by employers on the basis of lease or sublease contracts rather than by landlords directly.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Intermark Relocation Services.

ISRAEL and UNITED STATES – Reciprocal Investor Visa Agreement Approved by Knesset

On 18 June 2018 the Israeli legislature, the Knesset, approved new regulations implementing a reciprocal agreement with the United States whereby, for the first time, US nationals investing in Israel will be able to obtain a B-5 employment visa and Israeli nationals investing in the United States will be eligible for an E-2 Treaty Investor visa authorising employment.

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RUSSIA – New Law on Counter-Sanctions Does Not Directly Restrict Immigration

Effective 4 June 2018, Federal Law No. 127-FZ “On Measures of Affect (Counteraction) in Connection with Unfriendly Actions of the United States of America and other Foreign States” authorises the government of Russia to impose responsive restriction measures on the US and other foreign states at the President’s decision.

The final version of the law does not specifically stipulate the possibility of imposing a ban on the employment of foreign nationals. This may indicate that such a ban is not being considered among the most likely responsive measures.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Intermark Relocation Services.