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Significant Change to US Department of State Visa Bulletin

New class of cut-off dates to be created. According to multiple reliable sources, the US Department of State (State Department) is in the process of reengineering its system for determining immigrant visa availability...more

9/3/2015 - Adjustment of Status Applications China Department of State Foreign Nationals I-140 I-485 Applications India Visa Bulletins Visas

Federal Court Vacates STEM Extension Program

Current STEM OPT holders not affected until February 2016. A federal judge's ruling earlier this month invalidated the 17-month extension of optional practical training (OPT) for international students in the science,...more

8/31/2015 - DHS Employment Authorization Document F-1 H-1B Notice and Comment OPT Proposed Regulation STEM USCIS

Department Of State Releases September 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates for EB-2 China and India retrogress to January 1, 2006. Cutoff dates for EB-3 China, India, and the Philippines advance to December 22, 2004....more

8/14/2015 - China Department of State EB-1 EB-2 EB-3 EB-5 F2-A India Mexico Visa Bulletins Visas

Department of State Releases August 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates for EB-3 Philippines available, but backlogged to 2004. Cutoff dates for EB-3 China backlogged to 2004, while cutoff dates for Mexico and the rest of the world advance by three and a half months. Cutoff dates for...more

7/20/2015 - Adjustment of Status China Department of State EB-1 EB-2 EB-3 EB-5 F2-A Foreign Nationals Immigrants Immigration Procedures India Mexico Philippines Visa Bulletins Visas

Massachusetts Attorney General Releases Proposed Earned Sick Time Regulations

The proposed regulations provide employers with preliminary guidance on the Earned Sick Time Law. On April 27, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AG or AG’s Office) released proposed regulations regarding the...more

4/30/2015 - Earned Sick Time Paid Leave Paid Sick Leave Act Sick Leave

Department of State Releases May 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates for EB-3 Philippines retrogress by six years and nine months, cutoff dates for EB-5 China retrogress by two years, cutoff dates in the EB-2 India category advance by seven and a half months, cutoff dates in the...more

4/17/2015 - Department of State Visa Bulletins

Department of State Releases April 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates in the EB-2 India category advance by eight months, cutoff dates in EB-3 for the Rest of the World advance by four months, cutoff dates in the EB-2 China advance by seven months, and cutoff dates for China EB-3...more

3/23/2015 - Department of State Visa Bulletins Visas

Changes Announced to UK Immigration Rules

Notable changes include changes to application fees, the business visitor rules, and the introduction of a super premium service for applications submitted in the United States. The UK Home Office has released a...more

3/13/2015 - UK

DOL Publishes New FMLA Regulations That Redefine "Spouse"

The Final Rule takes effect on March 27 and redefines “spouse” under the FMLA to reflect the law in the state where the marriage was performed. On February 25, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule...more

3/3/2015 - DOL DOMA Employer Mandates Final Rules FMLA Same-Sex Marriage Spouses US v Windsor

Department of State Releases March 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates in the EB-2 India category advance by sixteen months, cutoff dates in EB-3 for the Rest of the World advance by five months, cutoff dates for China advance by five and a half months, and EB-3 China is still ahead...more

2/18/2015 - Department of State EB-2 EB-3 Filing Deadlines Immigration Procedures Visas

Immigration Update 2015

Biometric Residence Permit regulations will begin rollout in March. New regulations will require individuals from overseas who apply for a visa for more than six months to obtain a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)...more

2/12/2015 - Immigration Procedures UK Visas

Massachusetts Expands Employee Parental Leave Rights

New law will require employers to provide paternity leave. On April 7, 2015, most employees in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be eligible for eight weeks’ parental leave pursuant to the parental leave law (PLL), which...more

1/23/2015 - Amended Regulation Employer Mandates FMLA Parental Leave Paternity

Department of State Releases February 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates in the EB-2 India category advance by six and a half months, cutoff dates in EB-3 for the Rest of the World advance by five months, cutoff dates for China advance by six months, and EB-3 China is still ahead of...more

1/22/2015 - China EB-2 EB-3 India Visas

Department of State Releases January 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates in the EB-2 India category remain severely backlogged, cutoff dates in EB-3 for the Rest of the World advance by seven months, cutoff dates for China advance by nine months, and EB-3 China is still ahead of EB-2...more

12/17/2014 - China Department of State EB-2 EB-3 F2-A India Visa Caps Visas

President Obama Announces Executive Actions on Immigration

The actions will prioritize immigration enforcement, offer temporary work authorization to undocumented immigrants, and implement changes that benefit highly skilled workers....more

11/24/2014 - Barack Obama DACA DAPA Deportation DHS Executive Orders Green Cards Immigration Reform PERM STEM USCIS

Department of State Releases December 2014 Visa Bulletin

The Bulletin shows that cutoff dates in the EB-2 India category remain severely backlogged, cutoff dates in EB-3 for the Rest of the World and China advance by five months, and EB-3 China is now ahead of EB-2 China....more

11/14/2014 - China Deadlines Department of State India Visas

Massachusetts Adopts Legislative Reforms

The new legislation adds to employer requirements and now provides for sick leave, increased minimum wage, domestic violence victim leave, and unemployment changes....more

11/14/2014 - Domestic Violence FMLA Minimum Wage New Legislation Paid Leave Sick Leave Unemployment Insurance Wage and Hour

Visa Waiver Travelers to Face Additional Security Screenings

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will tighten screening measures on travelers who use the Visa Waiver Program in response to concerns over Islamist militants who hold U.S. or European passports....more

11/4/2014 - DHS Immigrants Travel Visa Waiver Program Visas

Department of State Releases November 2014 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows severe retrogression of cutoff date in EB-2 India category; meanwhile, the cutoff date in all other employment-based categories will advance. EB-3 China will once again move ahead of EB-2 China....more

10/14/2014 - China EB-2 EB-3 Immigrants India USCIS Visas

DOS Visa Office Provides Update on EB-2 India Visa Demand and Priority Date Cutoff

New updates and projections regarding demand in the employment-based second preference immigrant visa category for individuals chargeable to India have been provided....more

9/17/2014 - Department of State EB-2 Immigrants India Visas

Department of State Releases October 2014 Visa Bulletin

The bulletin shows slight forward movement in all employment-based preference categories, with the exception of the EB-2 India category, which will remain unchanged....more

9/12/2014 - Department of State EB-2 India Visas

Department of State Releases September 2014 Visa Bulletin

The bulletin shows continued forward movement in the EB-2 India category while the cutoff dates in most other employment-based categories remain unchanged....more

8/14/2014 - Department of State EB-1 EB-2 Immigrants India Visas

Technical Problems with Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Passport/Visa Issuance Systems

Although the Bureau of Consular Affairs is operational, it is currently issuing documents at a reduced capacity; it is expected to take weeks to resume full system functionality....more

8/6/2014 - Delays Department of State Passports Visas

Department of State Releases August 2014 Visa Bulletin

The bulletin shows minor advancement in the EB-2 category for applicants chargeable to India and China as well as significant advancement in the EB-3 category for applicants chargeable to China and the Philippines, minor...more

7/15/2014 - China Department of State EB-2 EB-3 Immigrants India Visas

Massachusetts Employers Prepare for Employment Law Changes

The pending proposals include a ban on noncompete agreements and a boost to the minimum wage. Employers with workers in Massachusetts should closely watch the upcoming close of the Massachusetts legislature’s current...more

6/19/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Legislative Agendas Minimum Wage New Legislation Non-Compete Agreements

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