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Diversity Visa Lottery 2019 Open October 3 To November 7

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced registration dates for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program 2019 (DV Lottery). Online registration for the DV Lottery opens Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 12:00 noon, Eastern...more

FY2019 Diversity Lottery Instructions Are Now Available

by Mintz Levin on

The U.S. Department of State has announced that registration for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2019), also known as the Green Card Lottery, will commence at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Tuesday, October...more

Say Goodbye to the 30/60 Day Rule

by Baker Donelson on

When applying for a nonimmigrant or temporary U.S. visa and when actually seeking to enter the U.S., most applicants – including those for B visitor, F student and J exchange visitor – are required to convince the consular or...more

Registration For This Year's Diversity Lottery Program Starts On October 3, 2017: Here's What To Know

The U.S. State Department administered DV Lottery Program awards immigrant visas (green cards) to individuals hailing from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. This year there are 50,000 DV visas...more

2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program Announced

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced the opening of the registration period for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program enables foreign nationals to apply for permanent...more

2019 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens on October 3

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2018 opens Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 3, 2017, and noon on November 7,...more

State Department Replaces Rule For Inconsistent Conduct By Aliens

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Department of State has quietly revised guidance to Consular Officers on the “30/60 Day Rule” regarding adjustment of status applications. The Rule sets standards for determining whether an alien would be inadmissible...more

Special Immigration Alert - September 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

USCIS Anticipates Resuming H-1B Premium Processing on October 3, 2017 - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has advised the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) that it anticipates resuming...more

Department of State Releases October 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

EB-1 China and India once again become “current” as does EB-2 Worldwide. The US Department of State has released its October 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

Immigrant Visa Processing Changes to Expect in 2017

by Ronald Shapiro on

A number of visa processing changes have been made so far this year, and more are expected throughout the remainder of 2017. Charles Oppenheim, the Department of State’s Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, has...more

State Department Updates Policy Guidance Regarding F-1 Student Visa Applications

by Dickinson Wright on

On August 8, 2017, the Department of State (DOS) updated its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) to modify instructions to consular officers considering F-1 student visas. The modified instructions address how a consular officer...more

Diversity Applicants Sue To Force State Department Action

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A group of diversity lottery applicants from countries covered by President Donald Trump’s travel ban have filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to force the State Department to adjudicate...more

U.S. Department of State Temporarily Suspends Nonimmigrant Visa Applications in Russia

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As of August 23, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has temporarily suspended processing of Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) applications filed in Russia. NIV interviews will resume only at the U.S. Embassy...more

U.S. Mission in Russia to Temporarily Suspend NIV Issuance

In a continuation of the diplomatic tit-for-tat with Russia, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow announced on Monday, August 21, 2017, that it would suspend issuance of nonimmigrant visas for eight days starting August 23rd....more

New Guidance in the Foreign Affairs Manual May Add Challenges to Visa Issuance at US Consular Posts Abroad

In August 2017, the U.S. Department of State made several revisions to the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) that are a direct result of the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (EO) 13788, which the president signed...more

The U.S. State Department Announces Suspension of Non-Immigrant Visa Operations Across Russia

Due to the Russian government’s personnel cap imposed on the U.S. Mission, all nonimmigrant visa (“NIV”) operations across Russia will be suspended beginning August 23, 2017. Beginning September 1, visa processing will resume...more

Immigrant Visa Processing Changes – EB1 China/India Will Become Current; EB2/3 India And China Continue To Advance; EB2/3...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In our continuing series of reports, Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, shares his most recent analysis of current trends and future projections for the...more

Changes In FAM May Make It More Difficult For Students With Pending H-1B Cases To Travel

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Department of State has revised its guidance for Consular Officers on the issuance of student visas, emphasizing that the officer must be “satisfied that applicant intends to depart [the U.S.] upon completion of the...more

Immigration Law Update - August 2017

by Clark Hill PLC on

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the latest Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17, 2017. Employers will be able to either (1) use this revised version or (2) continue...more

Department of State Releases September 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

EB-2 Worldwide moves forward; EB-3 Worldwide remains “current.” The US Department of State has released its September 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability...more

ITAR For Government Contractors - Revised For Recent Amendments

by Williams Mullen on

Introduction. One of the most important areas of regulation for defense contractors is the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). ITAR are the State Department controls that regulate the defense industry. Companies...more

U.S. Announces Updates to Iran-Russia Sanctions Bill

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Trump administration announced new sanctions against entities and individuals with ties to Iran. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Department of the Treasury have listed 18 entities...more

Special Immigration Alert - July 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

USCIS Releases Revised Version of Form I-9 and Accompanying Form I-9 Handbook for Employers - On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a new version of Form I-9. Form I-9 is used...more

USCIS Revises Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9

by Smith Anderson on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17, 2017. Between now and September 17, 2017, employers may use either the version of...more

Travel Ban Update

by Mintz Levin on

On June 26, 2017 the Supreme Court ruled that a limited version of the 90-day Travel Ban contained in President Trump’s Executive Order 13780 could go into effect. The limited Travel Ban went into effect on June 29, 2017....more

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