Information technology consulting company Infosys recently reached a $34 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice after the DOJ alleged systemic visa fraud and abuse of immigration processes in violation of a…more
The U.S. Department of State has published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for December 2013, reporting immigrant visa availability under the annual per-country quota system. Under the December Bulletin, visa availability retrogressed…more
When the Federal Government shutdown began on October 1st, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) discontinued acceptance and adjudication of Labor Condition Applications (LCAs), PERM Labor Certification Applications, and…more
The Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has recently issued new immigration rules for Employment Pass (EP) applications. These rules will increase the minimum salary requirements for EP applications, as well as require…more
When the Federal Government shutdown began on October 1st, many nonessential government services were suspended, including U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) acceptance and adjudication of Labor Condition Applications (LCAs), PERM…more
As the Federal Government shutdown ended, various non-essential Government functions resumed. U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) has advised that E-Verify, the Government’s electronic system for verification of…more
In the early hours of the morning on Thursday, October 17th, the Government shutdown ended following a last-minute compromise that sent a bill to the President to fund the Government through January 15th and raise the debt…more
On Wednesday, October 16th, the U.S. Senate reached a deal that would end the Government shutdown and avoid a default on U.S. debt. The compromise would fund the Government through January 15th, and raise the U.S. debt ceiling…more
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), through Homeland Security Investigation’s (HSI) Worksite Enforcement Division, announced that as of October 9, 2013 it holds no official position on the pre-population of Section 1…more
As the U.S. Federal Government shutdown continues, employers are beginning to see the impact of the shutdown on some of the most common types of nonimmigrant visa petitions.
Although U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services…more
The U.S. Consulate in Chennai recently confirmed that L-1 visa applications filed under a company’s approved Blanket L Petition must be “clearly approvable” in order for the post to issue an L-1 visa.
As midnight passed without compromise, the Federal Government shutdown began, resulting in the furlough of thousands of non-essential workers and a disruption of many of the services they provide. The following updates are…more
Without Congressional agreement to avoid a lapse in appropriations by midnight tonight, September 30, 2013, certain federal departments and agencies will suspend operations for all but "essential" government functions.
On September 6, 2013, a number of changes to the Immigration Rules were announced. The changes, effective October 1, 2013, will mean greater flexibility for businesses and workers and include the easing of some immigration…more
Beginning Monday September 23rd, the Houston Passport Agency in the Leland Federal Building in downtown Houston will be closed to the public for renovations, re-opening in early 2014. The closure will affect individuals seeking…more
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