Global Migration Digest

February 2013 (Vol. 1, No. 5)

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Global Migration Digest Vol. 1 Issue 5 American Immigration Lawyers Association www.aila.org ITALY: BLUE CARD UPDATE by Francesco Buzzegoli Mazzeschi Corporate Immigration & Citizenship Law O n December 10, 2012, the Ministry of Interior provided clarifications on Blue card eligibility requirements. In addition to the apostilled and translated educational degree (at least 3 years degree course), the authorities will also require the individual���s professional position to be validated by the Italian Ministry of Education. YOUR GLOBAL MIGRATION SECTION RESOURCES: Webpage Tools & Resources Message Center Newsletter Archive Section Listserve 2012 Forum Recording Israel: Immigration Update by Liam Schwartz and Jennifer Schear I srael���s Population Immigration and Border Authority (���PIBA���) has published its annual review of immigration statistics for 2012. These statistics point to a number of notable developments, including the following: 3,890,000 foreign nationals were admitted to Israel in 2012. The overwhelming majority of these admissions were made in tourist status. The greatest number of work visa petition approvals was for health care workers (46,000), followed by agricultural workers (24,000) and construction workers (8,000). PIBA approved a total of 2,200 work visa petitions for Foreign Experts. ���Foreign Experts��� are the equivalent of H-1B employees in the U.S., and are commonly employed in Israel���s high tech, biotech and related industries. Regrettably, the 2,200 approvals represent a drop of almost 100 from the previous year. This negative statistic is an expression of PIBA���s increased scrutiny of eligibility criteria in Foreign Expert cases, a trend which has also led to longer processing times (up to 90 days in some cases). PIBA reports that over 10,300 foreign nationals entered Israel without inspection in 2012. This statistic is a dramatic reduction from last year���s number of 54,500 and evidences the Israeli government���s aggressive efforts to stem the stream of illegal immigrants to the country. These efforts include: erection of a border fence in the desert where Israel meets Egypt; robust monetary incentives for voluntary departure by those illegally present in the country; increased sweeps of urban areas by the Israeli immigration police; and enhanced enforcement of existing employer sanctions. Like the new administration in the United States, the new Israeli government will place immigration reform high on its list of priorities for 2013. Watch this space for further updates! Liam Schwartz is the principal of Liam Schwartz & Associates in Israel and a member of the GMS conference committee. Jennifer Schear heads the firm���s Israel Immigration practice. u ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS: Updates on Netherlands 2 Global Immigration Forum 3 Updates on India 3 www.aila.org 1

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