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Diversity Visa ("Green Card Lottery") Registration

On October 4, 2016, registration for the Diversity Visa (DV) 2018 Program will begin. Conducted by the U.S. Department of State (DOS), the DV program provides a limited number of immigrant (permanent) visas each fiscal...more

UK Immigration: SMS Request Premium Service Announced for Future Implementation

The UK Home Office has announced plans to offer an optional premium service for requests made through the Sponsor Management System (SMS). This service will allow Sponsors to pay a fee of £200 for expedited processing of...more

EB-5 Will Likely Be Extended as Part of Continuing Resolution Through December 9, 2016

On September 23, 2016, a draft of the Continuing Resolution (CR) began circulating in Washington, DC. The CR, which Congress will likely pass early next week, will keep the federal government running through the November...more

2018 Green Card Lottery Registration

On October 1, 2016, the US Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2018), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a...more

Continuing Resolution filed in US Senate includes temporary reauthorization of EB-5 Regional Center Program

A draft of a Continuing Resolution (“CR”) was filed yesterday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell which would fund all current US government operations through December 9, 2016. Because last year’s Omnibus...more

Update on EEA applications for UK Permanent Residence

Due to continuing uncertainty following the Brexit vote, EEA nationals who qualify are acting now to secure their right to stay in the UK. No doubt to help with the influx of applications received from EEA nationals, the Home...more

UK Visas & Immigration provide premium sponsor licence

From October 2016, for an additional fee of £200, sponsors will be able to subscribe to a new optional premium service. This will enable sponsors licensed under Tier 2 and Tier 5 to have Sponsor Management System (SMS)...more

2018 Diversity Visa Lottery Program: Cuba, Ecuador, and Guatemala Eligible to Register

For the 26th year, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has issued registration instructions for the annual Diversity Visa (DV) lottery. Registration for the 2018 lottery opens 12 noon eastern daylight time (EDT) on October 4,...more

Madeleine Albright Writes About Her Experience as a Refugee

Former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, sent the below message to the White House ahead of President Obama’s remarks at a U.N. Refuge Summit: I came to the United States as a refugee when I was 11 years old....more

Immigration Tips

10 tips to prepare for the most frequent immigration scenarios faced by startups: - If the company will be owned, in-whole or in-part by a foreign investor, immigration planning should start as early as possible – even...more

New Form I-9 With Enhancements and Clarity Starting January 2017

Recently, the United States Citizens and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced it had received approval from the Office of Management and Budget for a proposed new Form I-9. USCIS must publish the revised form no later than...more

2018 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens in Two Weeks

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2018 opens Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 4, 2016 and noon on November 7, 2016,...more

Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens on October 4, 2016

The State Department announced that it will begin accepting applications for the FY 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program—commonly called the diversity visa lottery—beginning Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Applicants who are...more

The October 2016 Visa Bulletin

The start of October means the start of a new fiscal year for the U.S. Department of State, with a new round of immigrant visa numbers for the permanent residency process. USDOS recently released the first Visa Bulletin of...more

Who is Eligible for Parole Under the International Entrepreneur Rule?

Last month, U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) announced a proposed rule that would allow certain international entrepreneurs to enter the U.S. for a period of up to two years so that they could start or scale...more

Electronic Travel Authorization Becomes Mandatory

On September 29, 2016 the leniency period will end and all visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada will require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). An eTA can be obtained through an online pre-screening...more

Department of State Releases October 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based China and India First Preference and Worldwide Second Preference cutoff dates become “current” once again. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its October 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin...more

2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program Announced

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced the opening of the registration period for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program enables foreign nationals to apply for permanent...more

2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Announced

On September 16, 2016, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) published a notice in the Federal Register on the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2018). This Congressionally-mandated program provides visas for a class of...more

Form I-9 Update

Keeping tabs on the revised Form I-9 that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is due to release, USCIS updated its website to provide important dates. I previously wrote about the revised Form I-9 and how it...more

U.S. Business Visitors Using the Visa Waiver Program May Soon Be Asked for Social Media Information

The federal government has proposed a new rule requiring that applicants for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)—which allows citizens of certain countries to enter the United States without visas—be asked to voluntarily disclose...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2016

On June 27, 2016, in National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Perez, et al., the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Lubbock Division) granted Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary ...more

State Department Relaunches Company Visit Program to Assess ITAR Compliance

The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) within the State Department has relaunched its “Company Visit Program.” Under the Company Visit Program, DDTC officials come to your office to review your company’s...more

Immigration Update: Entrepreneurs May Have a New Way to Start Up in the United States

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule that could provide an unusual type of immigration benefit called "parole" to individuals seeking a key role in start-up entities in the United States backed...more

EEOC Renews Collaborative Agreements With Mexican Consulates in Pacific Northwest

Offices Agree to Work Together to Fight Discrimination - SEATTLE - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today with the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle....more

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