Immigration updates


New law for foreign workers enacted
  • Turkey
  • November 25 2016

Parliament recently enacted International Workforce Law 6735, which governs the employment of foreign individuals in Turkey. The law aims to set the rules and principles regarding work permit applications and exemptions for foreign individuals and determine the rights and obligations of government authorities to implement and monitor work permit policies for foreign nationals.


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H-1B cap filings have decreased by 20% since Trump took office
  • USA
  • May 04 2018

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that it received 190,098 H-1B petitions during the filing period for fiscal year (FY) 2019, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. This number is down from the record-breaking filings for FY 2017, during which USCIS received 236,000 petitions, and down from last year. It can be inferred that the changes implemented under the Trump administration have affected the number of H-1B filings.

New H-1B policies following USCIS memo on third-party placement requirements
  • USA
  • April 27 2018

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released a policy memorandum detailing the document requirements for H-1B petitions involving third-party worksites. USCIS has acknowledged that third-party arrangements may be a legitimate and frequently used business model and outlined the documents required to use this model. If employers do not include the mentioned corroborating evidence, USCIS may deny the petition.

10 business-based immigration updates expected in 2018
  • USA
  • January 26 2018

In April 2017 President Trump issued the Buy American, Hire American Executive Order. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has carried out and is considering a number of policy and regulatory changes to fulfil the president's executive order, including conducting a thorough review of employment-based visa programmes. Further, there are several bills being considered in the House and Senate pertaining to immigration.

New DHS immigration policy council: unifying immigration enforcement and decision making
  • USA
  • November 24 2017

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) allocated $22.8 billion between 2014 and 2016 to enforce and administer immigration laws, one of its strategic missions. In 2014 a DHS Unity of Effort initiative created the Joint Task Forces to coordinate the department's resources. The DHS Office of Inspector General recently audited DHS to evaluate whether it has been achieving its mission in the most efficient way possible.

USCIS updates policy on burden of proof for extension petitions
  • USA
  • November 10 2017

In April 2017 President Trump signed the "Buy American, Hire American" executive order. Subsequently, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) started working on the necessary rulemaking, policy memoranda and operational changes to implement the executive order. As part of these initiatives, USCIS recently updated agency policy guidance on the burden of proof for extension petitions.

United Kingdom

Beating the Brexit deadlock: squaring free trade with immigration controls
  • United Kingdom
  • July 21 2017

The government and UK businesses want the United Kingdom to have maximum access to the single market following Brexit, but the European Union has stated that single market membership is conditional on allowing free movement of persons. There are a number of possible compromises that could enable the United Kingdom to continue to participate in the single market while retaining at least some control over migration.

New criminal record certificates requirement for health, education and social services employees
  • United Kingdom
  • March 31 2017

Employers in the health, education and social services sectors should notify their overseas employees of the new criminal record certificates requirement. From April 6 2017, Tier 2 applicants applying for entry clearance under specified Standard Occupational Classification codes and their adult dependants will be required to obtain a criminal record certificate from each country in which they have been resident for 12 months or more in the past 10 years.

Immigration costs set to rise with introduction of immigration skills levy
  • United Kingdom
  • March 24 2017

Employers are urged to act now to minimise the immediate impact of the impending increase in UK immigration costs when the immigration skills levy (ISL) is introduced in April 2017. Under the ISL, the cost of a five-year Tier 2 sponsorship is set to increase by £5,000. Essentially, the ISL is designed to reduce demand on the scheme and result in additional opportunities for resident workers.

Changes to Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsor licence guidance and Appendix D
  • United Kingdom
  • March 10 2017

The Tier 2 and Tier 5 guidance is now over 200 pages long, following the changes introduced in November 2016. The common theme in the changes is a renewed focus on genuineness and the removal of untrustworthy sponsors from the register. One change that will have an immediate effect on employers is the work start date used in the certificate of sponsorship – this can no longer be delayed by more than four weeks.

Changes to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) routes
  • United Kingdom
  • March 03 2017

Tier 1 of the points-based system has been stripped of a number of sub-categories in recent years and tough restrictions continue to be imposed on the remaining sub-categories, especially the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category. The most recent changes in the Immigration Rules introduced predominantly technical amendments to the guidance and clarified provisions that previously caused confusion for applicants.