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Department of State Releases February 2017 Visa Bulletin

No change in Dates for Filing chart again; scant advancement in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its January 2017 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date...more

Motor Carriers Unable to Preempt Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has ruled that the most onerous provision of the state’s three-pronged independent contractor statute—the requirement that independent contractors perform a service outside an...more

H-1B Filing Season Is Here - December 2016

Now is the time for employers to assess their FY2018 H-1B needs and start preparing their petitions for submission on April 3....more

12/16/2016  /  H-1B , Lottery , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas

Department of State Releases January 2017 Visa Bulletin

No change in Dates for Filing chart again; minimal advancement in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its January 2017 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority...more

Department of State Releases December 2016 Visa Bulletin

No change in Dates for Filing chart; small gains in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its December 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date cutoffs...more

US Customs and Border Protection Announces Electronic Visa Update System

Enrollment is mandatory for those who hold certain visitor visas from China. The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced a new online system for China nationals to use who hold a 10-year B1/B2, B1, or...more

MA Supreme Court Reinforces Employer Obligations on Sexual Harassment

The court’s decision to restore a $500,000 punitive damages award for failure to adequately address a sexual harassment complaint highlights employers’ duty to investigate every allegation and take appropriate remedial...more

Proposed Rule to Benefit Certain Immigrant Startup Entrepreneurs

Qualified applicants would be granted parole in United States for up to five years. On August 26, 2016, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an advance copy of a proposed rule that would extend...more

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Sweeping Equal Pay Amendments

The law, which the governor is expected to sign, features a new “substantially similar” standard, strict limits on seeking compensation history, and an affirmative defense for good-faith self-evaluations. The General...more

Department of State Releases July 2016 Visa Bulletin

July sees minor advancements in EB-3 categories following a retrogression in June. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its July 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date cutoffs...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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