Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 4th September 2018

September 4, 2018

The latest vital immigration news and updates from around the globe in your weekly newsletter from Newland Chase.

USA: 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.

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ISRAEL: Strike and Holiday Closures at Israeli Consulates Worldwide

Support staff in the consular sections of all Israeli diplomatic missions worldwide have gone on strike, resulting in a suspension of operations. The duration of the strike has not been announced.

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SWITZERLAND: New Integration and Language Requirements for Residence Permits

New legislative amendments, from 1 January 2019, will allow the authorities to demand that foreign nationals applying for residence permits sign a cultural integration agreement and show a certain level of language skill.

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GERMANY: Closer Scrutiny of Academic Qualifications for Blue Card Applications

The German immigration authorities (Ausländerbehörde) will require official evaluation of university diplomas submitted in support of EU Blue Card applications, according to the Frankfurt authorities, who are already implementing this new rule.

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