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BRAZIL EXTENDS VISA-FREE TRAVEL DURING OLYMPICS SEASON TO CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA AND JAPAN

The Brazilian Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Foreign Relations have published an Administrative Decision expanding the current Visa Waiver Program during the Olympic and Paralympic Games to…more
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U.S. PASSPORT APPLICATION PROCESSING TIMES EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN 2016-2017

Individuals with a U.S. passport set to expire in 2016 or 2017 may face longer passport renewal adjudication times due to an anticipated surge in passport renewal applications. The reason for the expected increase in renewal…more
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Refugees Are Not a Threat…They Are a Staffing Opportunity

The White House announced in September that the U.S. will prepare to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. for the 2016 fiscal year. These 10,000 displaced individuals would be eligible for work authorization for any…more
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17-MONTH OPT STEM EXTENSION RULE REMAINS IN PLACE UNTIL MAY 10, 2016

On January 23, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) additional time until May 10, 2016, before the court’s vacatur of the 2008, 17-month Optional…more
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CHANGES TO VISA WAIVER PROGRAM: TRAVELERS TO AND NATIONALS OF IRAN, IRAQ, SUDAN OR SYRIA ARE NOW INELIGIBLE

On Thursday January 21, 2016 the U.S. government began implementing significant changes to the Visa Waiver Program under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 that was signed into law…more
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PROPOSED REGULATIONS INCLUDE NEW “GRACE PERIOD” FOR JOB CHANGES AND CLARIFY PERMANENT RESIDENCY PORTABILITY

On December 31, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published in the Federal Register a long awaited proposed rule to provide guidance for immigration Acts enacted over 15 years ago - the American…more
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OCTOBER VISA BULLETIN – NEW FORMAT ALLOWS EARLIER FILING FOR ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for October, introducing a new format that, with the agreement each month of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS), will allow applicants to file…more
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SEPTEMBER VISA BULLETIN SHOWS SIGNIFICANT RETROGRESSION FOR EB-2 CHINA AND INDIA

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for September, indicating a retrogression of more than seven years in visa availability under the Employment-based, Second (EB-2) Preference category for…more
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-1 OPT STEM EXTENSIONS UNCHANGED BY COURT ORDER

On August 12, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order vacating the 2008 STEM extension rule. Simultaneously, the District Court issued a stay of its order to delay vacating the STEM extension…more
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U.S. ENTERS AGREEMENT WITH CANADA & MEXICO FOR TRUSTED TRAVELER NETWORK

On August 5, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that the DHS has entered into an agreement with Public Safety Canada and the Secretariat of Governance of Mexico to establish a North American Trusted…more
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CIS TO BEGIN STRICTER ENFORCEMENT OF H-1B AMENDMENT REQUIREMENTS WHEN EMPLOYEES CHANGE WORK LOCATION

On July 21, 2015, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) issued a Policy Memorandum to provide guidance concerning the requirement of filing an amended H-1B petition when an H-1B worker will be placed at a new place of…more
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MALAYSIA – NEW EMPLOYMENT PASS CATEGORY ANNOUNCED (EPIII)

On July 15, 2015, the Malaysian Expatriate Services Division (ESD) implemented a new work authorization category, the Employment Pass III (EPIII). The EPIII category is intended for foreign nationals who will earn less than MYR…more
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SCHENGEN AREA — BILATERAL VISA WAIVER AGREEMENTS SIGNED WITH EIGHT ADDITIONAL COUNTRIES

The European Union has recently signed visa waiver agreements with Timor Leste (East Timor), the Caribbean countries of St. Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Oceanic countries…more
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VISA BULLETIN FORECAST INDICATES FUTURE PROGRESS FOR EB-3 CHINA

Following publication of the August Visa Bulletin that revealed a stunning 7 year retrogression in visa availability under the Employment-based, Third (EB-3) preference category for applicants born in China, Department of State…more
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CBP TO COLLECT BIOMETRIC DEPARTURE DATA FROM SELECT FOREIGN NATIONALS

On July 14, 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the agency will begin collecting biometric data from select foreign nationals departing the United States. The new initiative, which is scheduled to run…more
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