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Departments of Justice and State Announce Joint Effort Targeting Visa-Abusing Employers

The federal government’s intent to increase restrictions on legal and illegal immigration is no secret to any U.S. business. The Trump administration’s various proposals have included ones intended to deal with perceived...more

October 2017 Update On Changes To U.S. Immigration Policies Under The Trump Administration And Latest Travel Ban News

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

The Trump administration proposes to make sweeping changes to U.S. immigration policies. On October 8, 2017, the White House issued an Immigration Principles and Policies Statement, which was followed by separate...more

DOS Announces Change in Registration Dates for 2019 Diversity Lottery

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On October 16, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) announced that the entry period for the DV-2019 Diversity Visa (“DV-2019”) lottery that was supposed to start on October 3, 2017, has been closed due to technical...more

Important Update Regarding 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program

by Cozen O'Connor on

As announced in our Immigration Alert posted September 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced the opening of the registration period for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Registration was set to begin...more

US Department of State Releases November 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

EB-1 remains current, minimal advancement in other categories. The US Department of State has released its November 2017 Visa Bulletin, setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

Update: The Diversity Lottery Will Restart Following Resolution Of Technical Issue

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

We previously reported on the Department of State’s acceptance of applications for the diversity immigrant lottery. Since then, the DOS has announced on the Diversity Lottery website:-...more

U.S. Department Of State Announces Revised Registration Dates For Diversity Lottery Program And Voids All Prior Entries Submitted...

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

On Monday, October 16, the U.S. Department of State announced that due to a technical issue, the diversity lottery (DV-2019) entry period that commenced on October 3 has been closed. The Department of State further advised...more

Diversity Visa (Green Card Lottery) Entries Discarded by DOS Due to Glitch, New Period Opens on October 18, 2017

As previously reported, the annual Diversity Visa Lottery (DV) Program submission period for fiscal year 2019 began on October 3, 2017. The U.S. Department of State has issued an alert that, due to a technical issue, the...more

CFIUS’s Report and the Year Ahead for Foreign Natural Resource Investment

by Snell & Wilmer on

On September 21, 2017, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) issued a public version of its most recent classified annual report to Congress on covered transactions for CY 2015. CFIUS is the...more

U.S Non-Immigrant Visa Service Suspended in Turkey

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. State Department has temporarily suspended the issuance of non-immigrant visas at all U.S. government diplomatic facilities in Turkey on October 8, 2017. ...more

U.S. Services in Turkey and Cuba Suspended

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On Sunday, October 8th, the U.S. State Department (DOS) announced that effective immediately, the issuance of nonimmigrant visas to Turkish citizens will be halted....more

McDowell v. CGI Federal Inc.: A Stark Reminder to Government Contractors of their Cybersecurity Obligations

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 1, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in a class action lawsuit, McDowell v. CGI Federal Inc., Civ. Action No. 15-1157 (GK) (D.D.C. 2017), which could have...more

Timing is Everything

In immigration news, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 that it has resumed its premium processing program for all H-1B visa petitions. USCIS had previously suspended...more

Warning on F-1 Visas During OPT

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

The Department of State recently updated the Foreign Affairs Manual regarding issuance of F-1 visas. The change puts more emphasis on the applicant’s intent to return to the home country after study in the U.S....more

IRS Delays Start Date For Program To Revoke Passports For Tax Delinquents

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service has once again delayed the start date for implementation of a new law authorizing the State Department to revoke the passports of taxpayers with sizeable tax debts. According to an IRS web site...more

Annual Green Card Lottery for Diversity Immigrants Opens Oct. 3

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Beginning Oct. 3, 2017, there is a limited application period for many foreign nationals to apply for the chance to get a green card. • U.S. law authorizes 50,000 immigrant visas ("green cards") to be available annually...more

2019 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Open October 3 – November 7, 2017

Each year, the Diversity Visa Lottery (DV) Program makes available 50,000 immigrant visas to aliens from selected countries. The list of selected eligible countries changes each year. See end of this summary for those...more

Registration for Diversity Visa (Green Card) Lottery to Open on October 3, 2017

The Department of State has announced the opening of the registration period for the 2019 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery. As in past years, the DV lottery will allow a maximum of 50,000 "diversity immigrants" to obtain permanent...more

Watch out if you are an Expatriate US Passport Holder with Tax Debt and receive Notice CP-508C!

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

According to the US Department of State, there are approximately nine (9) Million US passport holders living overseas. There continues to be a misimpression by certain US Taxpayers living overseas that they are not required...more

Fall Colors Include Green – Annual Green Card Lottery Registration to Begin October 3rd

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced key details regarding the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program for Fiscal Year 2018 (DV-2019). This is an annual, Congressionally-mandated program that allows participants to enter...more

Immigration Law Update

by Clark Hill PLC on

Premium processing provides that the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services ("USCIS") will process a petition within 15 days, for an additional $1,225 application fee. Earlier this year, USCIS announced it would not be...more

New Guidance Imposes Finding of Misrepresentation for Conduct Inconsistent With Visa Within 90 Days of Entry

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has issued new guidance establishing a presumption of willful misrepresentation when a foreign national, within 90 days of entry into the United States, engages in conduct that violates the...more

Recent ITAR Case Sends Important Message to Small/Midsized Government Contractors | Williams Mullen

by Williams Mullen on

A State Department ITAR enforcement case announced last week involving a supplier of military spare parts sends a valuable message to small and mid-sized government contractors of every type. The case involves Bright...more

Department Of State Begins Accepting Applications For Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery On October 3

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Registration for the Department of State’s Diversity Lottery will be opened from noon EDT on October 3, 2017, to noon EDT on November 7, 2017. This program makes 50,000 immigrant visas available to individuals from...more

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

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