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H-1B Cap for 2015 Fiscal Year Reached - Update

USCIS received approximately 172,500 H-1B cap-subject petitions during the filing period that began April 1 and conducted its computer-generated random selection process on April 10. ...more

4/15/2014 - H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Lottery USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Department of State Releases May 2014 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows minor forward movement in the EB-2 China category and the EB-3 India category, with no movement in the EB-2 India category or the EB-3 China category. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its...more

4/14/2014 - Adjustment of Status China Department of State EB-2 EB-3 F2-A Foreign Priority Applications Hiring & Firing India Priority Date Cutoff Visas

H-1B Cap for 2015 Fiscal Year Reached

USCIS has stopped accepting H-1B petitions subject to the 2015 fiscal year H-1B cap or the advanced degree exemption. On April 7, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received a...more

4/8/2014 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps Visas

UK Home Office Announces New Technology Sector Visa Route

The exceptional talent route has opened up through Tech City UK. The UK Home Office has announced that, starting 6 April 2014, it will open up a new visa route for the technology sector to reflect London’s growing...more

3/17/2014 - Technology UK Visas

Latest UK Immigration Law Developments

Employers in the UK should be aware of key legal developments, including a proposed increase to application fees and upcoming changes to the codes of practice....more

3/11/2014 - Immigrants UK Visas

U.S. Department of State to Begin Conducting Random J-1 Site Visits

J-1 hosts should review their policies and procedures in anticipation of unannounced site visits. The U.S. Department of State, Office of Private Sector Exchange, will begin conducting random J-1 host site visits...more

2/21/2014 - Department of State Immigrants J-1 Visas Visas

Department of State Releases March 2014 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows minor to moderate advancement of cutoff dates in all EB-2 and EB-3 categories, with the exception of EB-2 India, which will remain unchanged. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its March...more

2/12/2014 - Adjustment of Status Department of State EB-2 EB-3 Foreign Nationals Immigrants Visas

Department of State Releases January 2014 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows no movement of cutoff dates for individuals born in India in the EB-2 and EB-3 preference categories; the cutoff date for individuals born in China in the EB-3 category continues to move ahead of the EB-2...more

12/16/2013 - Adjustment of Status China Department of State EB-2 EB-3 Immigrants Visas

Update: Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Numbers and Priority Date Cutoffs

Department of State’s Visa Office comments on demand in the employment-based immigrant visa categories, indicating an early retrogression of the cutoff date for EB-2 India. Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control...more

12/6/2013 - Adjustment of Status Compliance Department of State EB-2 Immigrants USCIS Visas

Department of State Releases December 2013 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows severe retrogression of the cutoff date for individuals born in India in the employment-based second preference category and continued advancement of the cutoff date for individuals born in China in the...more

11/13/2013 - Adjustment of Status Department of State EB-1 EB-2 EB-3 Immigrants Visas

Department of State Releases November 2013 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows no significant movement in cutoff dates in the employment-based second preference category and moderate forward movement in cutoff dates in the employment-based third preference category for individuals...more

10/15/2013 - Department of State EB-1 EB-2 EB-3 Visas

Department of State Releases October 2013 Visa Bulletin

There is no significant movement in cutoff dates in the employment-based categories; spouses and children of permanent resident family-based sponsors no longer remain current. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has...more

9/12/2013 - Adjustment of Status Department of State EB-2 EB-3 Foreign Nationals Immigrants Visas

UK Immigration Law Update

Employers in the UK should be aware of key legal developments, including an increase in unannounced compliance visits and recent updates to the Sponsorship Management System. Over the last few months there have been a...more

8/29/2013 - EU Immigrants Immigration Reform UK Visas

Department of State Releases September 2013 Visa Bulletin

EB-3 category for individuals from most countries advances significantly, and EB-2 category for individuals from India advances by five-and-a-half months. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its September...more

8/16/2013 - Adjustment of Status Department of State EB-2 EB-3 Foreign Nationals Immigrants Visas

U.S. Immigration Benefits Available to Same-Sex Spouses

USCIS issues expanded and revised FAQ in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision overturning DOMA. ...more

7/29/2013 - Adjustment of Status DOMA Form I-130 Residency Requirements Same-Sex Marriage USCIS Visas Waivers

Department of State Releases August 2013 Visa Bulletin

EB-2 category for individuals chargeable to India advances by more than three years. ...more

7/10/2013 - Adjustment of Status Department of State EB-2 Immigrants Immigration Reform Visa Bulletins Visas

Delays Anticipated in Visa Applications for India

Individuals in the United States applying for visas to India should expect processing delays in the coming weeks and months as India transitions to a new visa services vendor....more

6/26/2013 - India Third-Party Vendors Visas

Department of State Releases July 2013 Visa Bulletin

EB-2 category for all chargeable areas other than China and India remains current, with considerable forward movement in the EB-3 category for the third month in a row....more

6/13/2013 - EB-1 EB-2 EB-3 Visa Bulletins Visas

Department of State Releases June 2013 Visa Bulletin

EB-2 category for all chargeable areas other than China and India remains current, with considerable forward movement—but continued backlog—in the EB-3 category for a second month in a row....more

5/22/2013 - China EB-2 EB-3 Visa Bulletins Visas

Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013

The first major immigration proposal in several years contains sweeping changes, with the president potentially signing a version by mid-June....more

4/22/2013 - Border Security EB-5 H1-B I-9 Immigration Reform Lawful Permanent Residents Proposed Legislation Undocumented Immigrants Visas

Department of State Releases May 2013 Visa Bulletin

EB-2 category for all chargeable areas other than China and India remains current, with some considerable forward movement but continued backlog in the EB-3 category....more

4/12/2013 - Adjustment of Status Department of State EB-2 EB-3 Foreign Nationals Visa Bulletins Visas

H-1B Cap for 2014 Fiscal Year Reached

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has stopped accepting H-1B petitions subject to the 2014 fiscal year H-1B cap or the advanced degree exemption....more

4/8/2013 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Department of State Releases April 2013 Visa Bulletin

EB-2 category for all chargeable areas other than China and India remains current, with minor forward movement in the EB-3 category. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its April 2013 Visa Bulletin. The...more

3/13/2013 - Department of State EB-1 EB-2 EB-3 Visas

UK Border Agency Makes Changes to Tier 2 of the Points-Based System

Statement of intent includes changes to salary thresholds, advertisement requirements, and application fees. The UK Border Agency (UKBA) released its "Statement of Intent: Codes of Practice for skilled workers" with...more

3/11/2013 - UKBA Visas

Impact of Sequester on Immigration-Related Government Services

The automatic spending cutback is expected to result in diminished immigration-related services. It is anticipated that the sequester (the automatic spending cutback that went into effect on March 1, 2013) may result...more

3/6/2013 - Customs and Border Protection Department of State DOL Sequestration Spending Cuts USCIS Visas

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