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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

April Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released its April 2014 Visa Bulletin. Each monthly visa bulletin provides the priority cutoff dates for specific countries in order to regulate the flow of visa applications. Foreign nationals are...more

DOS To Begin Conducting Site Visits For J-1 Hosts And Participants

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has advised designated sponsors within the intern and trainee categories that, beginning in March, representatives from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) will conduct site...more

Department of State Releases April 2014 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows no movement of cutoff dates in EB-2 or EB-3 India categories and continued advancement of the EB-3 China category ahead of the EB-2 China category. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its...more

Energy And Environment Update -- March 10, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of State;...more

The Keystone XL Pipeline: More Debate and Delay?

The debate and delay surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline project proposed to be built by TransCanada Corp. continue. When the State Department released its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (“FSEIS”)...more

Energy And Environment Update -- March 4, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of State; Department of Interior; Department of Treasury; Environmental Protection Agency;...more

For Many Whistleblowers, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Gregory Hicks bravely testified before Congress about the 9/11 attacks on the American diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya. He claimed that he was punished for stating that President Obama's administration's response the...more

Energy And Environment Update -- February 24, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of State; Department of Transportation; Environmental Protection...more

Iran sanctions relief: what does it mean for businesses in the Middle East?

On January 20, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and U.S. Department of State issued guidance implementing the Joint Plan of Action (“JPOA”) entered into by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, the...more

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

Energy And Environment Update -- February 18, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency; Government Accountability Office; International; States; and...more

Exports from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and U.S. Sanctions on Iran

Recently there has been much speculation around the prospects for independent oil exports from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the easing of international sanctions against Iran. These events continue to cause uncertainty...more

March 2014 Visa Bulletin Issued

The State Department released the Visa Bulletin for March 2014 with little movement in employment-based second and third categories....more

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

State Department Paves Way for Keystone XL Pipeline Approval

On Friday, State Department officials released the final environmental impact statement for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, concluding that the project would not substantially increase carbon emissions, and clearing the...more

Energy And Environment Update -- February 4, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; International; States; and...more

Immigration Alert: January 2014

I. H-1B Nonimmigrant Season Opens on April 1, 2014, for Fiscal Year 2015 - As most H-1B employers know, there is an annual quota on the number of new H-1B petitions that can be approved each federal fiscal year. The...more

Iran Sanctions Relief Offers Limited Opportunities and Substantial Risks

Introduction and Summary - On January 20, 2014, the departments of State and the Treasury announced details of the United States’ plan to suspend certain sanctions against Iran pursuant to the November 24, 2013 Joint...more

In-Person Visa Interviews May Now Be Waived By Consular Officers For Visa Renewals Of Certain Foreign National Applicants

In January 2012, the U.S. Department of State introduced a two-year visa interview waiver pilot program, which was the cornerstone of President Obama’s initiative to improve and speed up the visa process for certain...more

Heavy Demand Results In Untimely Retrogression For EB-2 India

Employers and their attorneys monitor the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin to determine when sponsored employees may file adjustment of status applications on Form I-485 (the last step in the permanent residence...more

New Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State have added four countries to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs for the coming year. The...more

United States Implements Temporary Changes to Iran Sanctions under Interim Agreement

On January 20, 2014, the U.S. Treasury and State Departments took steps to implement temporary and limited changes to U.S. sanctions policy for Iran as agreed under the interim nuclear deal reached by Iran and the P5 + 1...more

Non-Immigrant Visa Interview Waiver Program Now Permanent

In January 2012, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) introduced a pilot program waiving visa interviews for certain types of visa applicants. The DOS has announced that the visa interview waiver program is now permanent. ...more

Energy And Environment Update -- January 21, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory...more

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