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Department of State Releases May 2016 Visa Bulletin

A new geographic sector that includes El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras has been added. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its May 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date...more

4/22/2016 - US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

DHS Announces Final Rule on STEM OPT Employment Authorization

The final rule adds employer obligations to the STEM OPT program. The US Department of Homeland Security has released an advance version of its long-anticipated final rule that expands employment authorization for...more

3/10/2016 - DHS Foreign Students H-1B OPT STEM

Department of State Releases March 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based second- and third-preference China categories show significant advancement. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its March 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority...more

2/19/2016 - Adjustment of Status Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State USCIS Visa Applications Visa Bulletins

Department of State Releases February 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based adjustment of status applicants must file using the Application Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its February 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out...more

1/29/2016 - Adjustment of Status EB-2 EB-3 EB-5 Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins

Good News for F-1 International Students: STEM OPT Authorization Allowed Beyond February 12

Federal court rules to allow limited relief of court’s order to May 10, 2016. On January 23, Federal Court Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle granted a request by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to delay the possible...more

1/26/2016 - DHS E-Verify Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) OPT STEM Students USCIS

USCIS Issues Major Proposed Rule on Employment-Based Immigration

The Proposed Rule would implement provisions of the AC21 and introduce significant reforms to the employment-based immigration process. On New Year’s Eve 2015, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a...more

1/11/2016 - Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Green Cards H-1B Portability Proposed Regulation USCIS

H-1B Filing Season Is Here

Now is the time for employers to assess their FY2017 H-1B needs and to start preparing their petitions for submission on April 1. On April 1, 2016, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting...more

1/9/2016 - Filing Season Foreign Nationals Form F-1 H-1B H-1B1 L-1B TN-Visas USCIS Work Visas

Congress Passes Legislation Affecting Visa Waiver Program

Certain key provisions of the omnibus spending bill will affect travel without visas, e-Passport requirements, EB-5 investors, and H-1B and L-1 “dependent” employers. Included in the omnibus spending bill, which the US...more

12/22/2015 - E-Verify EB-5 Regional Centers H-1B International Travel L-1 Passports Pending Legislation Visa Waiver Program

Department of State Releases January 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based adjustment of status applicants must file using the Application Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its January 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out...more

12/18/2015 - Adjustment of Status Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

CBP Announces the Expansion of Global Entry to UK Citizens

Registration begins December 3. On November 3, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner announced the expansion of Global Entry to UK citizens. Global Entry, a CBP Trusted Traveler program, allows for...more

11/11/2015 - Customs and Border Protection International Travel Travel Permits Travelers TSA UK

DHS Proposes New Rule for STEM OPT Extension

New rule would extend STEM optional practical training to 24 months. On October 19, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend its F-1 nonimmigrant student...more

10/21/2015 - Adjustment of Status Colleges Comment Period DHS E-Verify Foreign Students Form F-1 H-1B Non-Immigrant Visas OPT Proposed Regulation STEM Time Extensions Universities Visas

US Department of State Issues November 2015 Visa Bulletin

The new bulletin shows no movement in filing date cutoffs and little movement in approval date cutoffs for those chargeable to India and China. The November 2015 Visa Bulletin shows little change from the October 2015...more

10/20/2015 - Adjustment of Status China EB-1 EB-2 EB-3 EB-5 Filing Deadlines India Mexico Philippines Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State Visa Applications Visa Bulletins Visas

US Department of State Reissues October Visa Bulletin

The previously announced filing date cut-offs have been rolled back significantly. On September 25, the US Department of State issued a revised October Visa Bulletin that contains new and earlier filing cut-off dates...more

9/28/2015 - Adjustment of Status Non-Immigrant Visas Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

Department of State Releases October 2015 Visa Bulletin

A new category of “filing” cutoff dates has been introduced to allow for earlier filing of adjustment of status applications and immigrant visa applications. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its October 2015...more

9/10/2015 - Adjustment of Status Applications EB-2 EB-3 Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Green Cards H-1B I-140 Permanent Residence Cards Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

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 Foreign Nationals I-140 I-485 Applications India US Department of State 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 Documents (EAD) Form 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 EB-1 EB-2 EB-3 EB-5 F2-A India Mexico US Department of State 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 EB-1 EB-2 EB-3 EB-5 F2-A Foreign Nationals Immigrants Immigration Procedures India Mexico Philippines US Department of State 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 - US 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 - US 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 - EB-2 EB-3 Filing Deadlines Immigration Procedures US Department of State 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

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