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UPDATE ON CLASSIFICATION OF INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

Terminating an employee is never easy. Though most states have “at-will” employment laws, whereby employers can terminate employees at any time for any non-discriminatory reason, employers still face the risk of unlawful termination lawsuits. To minimize this risk, it is important for employers to carefully establish a termination procedure.

United Kingdom: Global Talent Visa (Fast Track)

UKVI announced that they are introducing new fast track visa to attract Global Talent in STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) which would be designated under Tier-1 (Exceptional Talent) for an exceptional qualifying individual meeting the qualifying criteria’s would be granted with initial visa for 3 years with no bar/ compulsions for the individuals to secure job or minimum salary requirements before entering in the UK. Dependants can join main applicant and are eligible to work in the UK without any restrictions. After 3 years upon meeting qualifying requirements one can apply for indefinite leave to remain the UK.

The Legacy and End of Military Parole in Place (PIP)

Parole in Place (PIP) is an immigration process that allows US-based family members of American military personnel to “adjust status” and become US permanent residents without leaving the country (USCIS Policy Memorandum PM-602-0091, November 15, 2013). PIP reflects the belief that the United States government should provide support to family members of military personnel. Unfortunately, PIP policy is set to end soon.

Update: Final Rule on Public Charge Inadmissibility

On August 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will publish the final rule defining immigrant inadmissibility under the “public charge” provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) for individuals using public benefits.

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