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30 August 2022
This week, the Global Immigration team at Smith Stone Walters would like to highlight the following updates from Mozambique, the Netherlands and the United States.
Mozambique: Proposed immigration changes
The Mozambican government has proposed changes to the immigration rules, including the revision of the short-term tourist visa, currently valid for 30 days, into a tourist/business visa valid for up to 90 days.
The government will also reportedly waive visa requirements for nationals of several countries, including Australia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan and the UK. A new electronic visa application system is also proposed.
Netherlands: Long-term visas for Turkish nationals
Effective 1 October 2022, many Turkish nationals intending to stay in the Netherlands for more than 90 days are required to obtain a long-term visa (MVV).
In Turkey, you can apply for this visa at the Netherlands embassy in Ankara or at the Netherlands consulate-general in Istanbul. The average processing time for MVV applications is 3 to 5 working days. At the time of your application you will receive information about when to collect your passport.
United States: USCIS reaches fiscal year 2023 H-1B cap
United States Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa US advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2023.
USCIS has completed sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts. The status for registrations that were not selected but were properly submitted will now show:
- Not Selected: Not selected – not eligible to file an H-1B cap petition based on this registration.
USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. Petitions filed for current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap, and who still retain their cap number, are exempt from the FY 2023 H-1B cap. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions filed to:
- Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States;
- Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers;
- Allow current H-1B workers to change employers; and
- Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in additional H-1B positions.
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