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5th CIRCUIT ALLOWS INJUNCTION ON DAPA AND DACA EXPANSION TO STAND

On Tuesday, May 26th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit declined to lift a February 2015 temporary injunction halting both the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the new…more
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USCIS ISSUES GUIDANCE FOR H-4 SPOUSAL WORK AUTHORIZATION - APPLICATIONS BEGIN TO BE ACCEPTED MAY 26TH

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented a regulatory change that will go into effect May 26th that grants employment authorization benefits to certain H-4 spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants working in the United…more
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PREMIUM PROCESSING TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED FOR H-1B EXTENSION PETITIONS

Beginning May 26, 2015, the USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions until July 27, 2015. This means that premium processing requests must be filed by Thursday, May 21st to be…more
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - BILATERAL VISA WAIVER AGREEMENT WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION

Beginning May 6, 2015, citizens of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are permitted visa waiver travel to European Union (EU) member countries that are also party to the Schengen Agreement. The European countries include: Austria,…more
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H-1B CAP RECEIPT PROCESS NOW COMPLETE

On May 4, 2015 the USCIS announced that it has completed the receipt and data entry of all Fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap cases. This means that the receipt notices for cases selected under the cap will likely be received in the next…more
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U.S. CITIZENSHIP & IMMIGRATION SERVICES (CIS) ANNOUNCES THE H-2B CAP HAS BEEN REACHED

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 2, 2015 that it had received enough H-2B petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap for the first half of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. …more
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UKRAINE – WORK PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS STREAMLINED

The Cabinet of Ministers in the Ukraine recently amended the procedures for work permit applications. These changes are expected to reduce processing times and provide a more streamlined application process. The principal…more
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VENEZUELA – Diplomatic Developments Affect U.S. and Venezuelan Visas

On March 2, the Venezuelan government announced that the United States has been removed from the list of nations whose citizens do not require a visa to enter Venezuela for tourist purposes. U.S. nationals seeking to enter…more
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ACT NOW – H-1B FILING DATE APPROACHING RAPIDLY

In just under four weeks, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions filed under the Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016) H-1B quota. No more than 85,000 new…more
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CERTAIN H-4 SPOUSES ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR WORK AUTHORIZATION BEGINNING MAY 26TH

On Tuesday, February 24th, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the extension of employment authorization benefits to certain H-4 spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants working in the United States. Beginning May…more
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CANADA – NEW FILING FEES AND PROCEDURES FOR LMIA-EXEMPT WORK PERMIT APPLICATIONS

Effective February 21, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will implement new procedures for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt Work Permit applications, which include Intra-Company Transfer, NAFTA Professional,…more
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DAPA AND DACA EXPANSION HALTED BY FEDERAL COURT

On Monday, February 16th, Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Brownsville Division granted a temporary injunction halting key elements of the President’s recent immigration executive…more
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BRAZIL - REQUIREMENTS FOR PROOF OF WORK EXPERIENCE SIMPLIFIED

The Brazilian Ministry of Labor and Employment has published new orders simplifying the requirements for proof of minimum work experience. Previously, only a legalized letter directly from the former employer was deemed…more
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EB-2 INDIA AND CHINA CUT-OFF DATES ADVANCE SIGNIFICANTLY IN MARCH

The U.S. Department of State has published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for March 2015, announcing significant advances in visa availability under the EB-2 preference category for applicants born in India and China…more
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MALAYSIA – NEW DEPENDENT PASS REQUIREMENT AND POTENTIAL DELAYS IN EMPLOYMENT PASS ADJUDICATION

A higher salary threshold has been set for Employment Pass (EP) holders employed by Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) registered companies who wish to sponsor Dependent Passes…more
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