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One of the major news stories relating to immigration is surely Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US. Will Congress really let him bring in much tougher immigration controls? Companies and investors can still gain entry to the US on an L-1 intra-company transfer, E-2 Treaty Investor visa, and E-1 Treaty Trader visa at a relatively low cost. Sending graduate level staff to the US on a temporary basis on a B-1 in lieu of H-1B visa is still possible. There is no quota for any of these visa categories. It is to be hoped that Trump will not be able to bring in major changes to these visa categories.
Below is a selection of some other recent news stories.
UK immigration rule changes to Tier 2 Visa and Tier 4 Visas in November 2016
The Home Office announced changes to UK immigration rules on Thursday, 3 November, which affect applications made on or after 24 November 2016. A 70-page document - Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules - has been published outlining changes to existing UK immigration rules. This will affect many companies with Tier 2 sponsorship licences employing Indian workers in IT roles after obtaining a tier 2 certificate of sponsorship.
Australian Immigration launches New Temporary Work Visas from November 2016
Australian immigration has launched a series of new, temporary work visa subclasses.
In a bid to make the process of applying for a temporary work visas easier, the new framework is geared towards reducing red tape for businesses, industry and foreign workers by scrapping sponsorship and nomination requirements for specific short stay activities.
Trump US immigration pledge to deport up to 3 million immigrants including some green card holders
Following his surprise US presidential election victory, President-Elect Donald Trump has vowed to deport up to three million immigrants convicted of criminal activities, regardless of whether they are in the US legally or illegally. Trump’s comments came during an interview broadcast on CBS program, “60 minutes.” Many of these immigrants have “green cards”.
Canada a Top Four Country for Attracting Highly Skilled Immigrants
New research published by the World Bank – an international financial institution that provides loans to developing Countries – has listed Canada as one of the top four immigration destination countries in the world that consistently attracts top level, highly skilled immigrants. The US remains first choice for almost 40 percent of highly skilled foreign workers.
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