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Most recently we've reported on several US visa and UK visa developments. These include new mandatory interviews for H1B and L1 visa holders who want to apply for a Green Card, a scheme for entry of skilled EU workers after Brexit and the number of Tier 2 Certificates of Sponsorship available in September.
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Trump requirements for H1B and L1 US visa holders mean mandatory face to face interviews for US Green Cards
The new policy will affect anyone holding a temporary (non immigrant) employment based US visa, which means R and O visa holders will also be affected in addition to L1 and H1B holders, and will take effect from October 1, said USCIS Director James McCament on Friday.
UK visa promise for ‘skilled immigration’ talent post-Brexit made by government
UK Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has hinted that a post-Brexit, UK visa for ‘skilled EU workers’ will be made available to continue attracting the top talent needed by Britain’s digital industry. In a written statement published in the Financial Times, Rudd said: “The UK must remain a hub for international talent.”
She added that it’s crucial for Britain to continue attracting the ‘brightest and best migrants from around the world’.
2,140 Tier 2 Certificates of Sponsorship Available for Allocation in September
Following the latest Tier 2 visa allocation meeting, the number of Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) available for September 2017 stands at 2,140 – slightly down on July’s numbers - according to UK Visas and Immigration data. The department published its August report citing that its figures were correct as of 16 August, 2017.
An employer with a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence needs to apply for Certificates of Sponsorship for immigrants they wish to employ. Under the current UK immigration system, unused Tier 2 restricted CoS to employ people who are currently based outside the UK can be reclaimed after three months. This increases the availability of restricted CoS used.
UK visa regime should not be made tougher, Australia warns
Australia has issued Britain with a stark warning, ‘do not make the UK visa system tougher after Brexit.’ Officials in Canberra – Australia’s capital city – said the issue of UK visas will have a bearing on any trade deal between Britain and Australia, post-Brexit. Australia’s warning comes amid UK Prime Minister, Theresa May’s, push to create a ‘global Britain.’
People often migrate to the UK using a Tier 2 visa for skilled workers, allowing them to work for a Tier 2 Sponsorship License holding UK employer. However, as Workpermit.com recently reported, the system is complex, with up to 85% of companies finding the Tier 2 UK visa process difficult. which is why thousands of people have asked for Workpermit.com's help in their UK visa applications.
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