On January 1, 2015, Handling Procedures Related to Entry of Foreigners for Short-term Work Tasks (for Trial Implementation) (the “Procedures”) took effect. The Procedures provide guidelines for implementing the 90-day work permit rule under China’s new exit-entry law and regulations. The Procedures define “short-term work” and clarify the visa, work permit and residence permit application requirements and procedures for foreign nationals entering China for short-term employment purposes.
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The United States and China Reach Agreement to Extend Visas for Short-Term Business Travelers, Tourists, Students, and Exchange Visitors
During his visit on November 8-10, 2014, to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing, U.S. President Obama announced that the U.S. and China have reached an agreement to extend the visa validity of short-term business, tourist, student and exchange visitor visas.
Forward movement is possible in some employment-based categories in the coming months.
Starting on May 1, 2015, USCIS will accept only the October 23, 2014, edition of the I-129.
The National Visa Center (NVC) has begun handling all domestic email and telephone inquiries from the public on nonimmigrant and immigrant visa cases.
The measures President Obama announced included, among other things, initiating discussions to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, and facilitating an expansion of travel.
The Czech Republic, Denmark, Madagascar, Portugal, and Sweden were added to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs for the coming year.
The 2015 AEWRs, broken down by state, range from a low of $10 (Alabama) to a high of $13.59 (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota).
DHS expects to launch a pilot by late 2015 to test the program.
Employment Authorization Granted to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants Seeking Employment-Based Lawful Permanent Residence
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on February 24, that effective May 26, 2015, employment authorization will be granted to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. The regulations were amended to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the U.S.