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Israel Connect - Legal Insight for Success in the US Market

We are excited to present you with the second issue of Israel Connect — our quarterly newsletter focused on forging new connections and strengthening existing bonds between Israeli businesses and the US market. In our second...more

A Preview of Business Immigration in 2016: OPT (Part 2/6)

From proposals to overhaul OPT to decreasing the number of H-1Bs, 2016 is already proving to be an interesting year for business immigration. In a series of posts, the Mintz Levin team will provide an overview of the cases,...more

Hybrid Visa Offers Alternative to Limited H-1B Visa

For an ever-increasing number of U.S. employers, the start of another calendar year also means H-1B season has arrived. However, given the competitive nature of the H-1B program, many employers are turning to an alternative...more

K-1 Visa Program Under Federal Investigation

K-1 fiance visas offer an option for family-based immigration visas that may require less paperwork and  filing fees than spousal visas. Compared to spousal visas that can take up to two years, fiance visas only take five to...more

Getting a Family-Based Green Card

Family immigration laws make it easier for relatives of U.S. citizens to gain permanent residency in America. With sponsorship, they can can apply for permanent residency status or an immigration visa number based on...more

U.S. Department of State Implements Visa Waiver Program Entry Restrictions

The budget bill, which was signed into law in December, disallows “Visa Waiver” entries for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan (whether or not they have ever visited those countries) and persons from any country who have...more

Canadian Immigration News: Prepare Now for Major New Entry Requirements Effective March 15, 2016

On March 15, 2016, The Government of Canada will implement significant new entry requirements for those arriving by air. Currently, citizens of several countries require a Temporary Resident Visa (“TRV”) to enter Canada and...more

Canada Mandates New Electronic Travel Authorization Program

Canada has mandated registration in a new electronic travel authorization program (“eTA”) for many individuals who do not require visas to travel to Canada. Introduced in August 2015, the program becomes mandatory for many...more

DHS Issues New Regulations for Certain Highly Skilled Workers

On Friday, January 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a final rule—Enhancing Opportunities for H–1B1, CW–1, and E–3 Nonimmigrants and EB–1 Immigrants—in the Federal Register. The new regulations,...more

DHS Posts Final Rule to Amend Regulations for H-1B1 and E-3 Nonimmigrant Classifications

On Friday, January 15, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted to the Federal Register the final rule revising regulations affecting highly skilled workers in the nonimmigrant classifications for specialty...more

DHS Publishes Final Rule Regarding Certain Immigrant and Nonimmigrants

On January 15, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule in the Federal Register, amending its regulations relating to the programs serving the H-1B1, E-3 and CW-1 nonimmigrant classifications and...more

Special Immigration Alert: USCIS Issues New Rule for Highly Skilled Workers

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued its long-awaited final rule regarding highly skilled workers from Australia, Chile, Singapore, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (“CNMI”),...more

Administrative Processing Delays in Visa Application Adjudication

In recent weeks, there has been a noticeable increase in visa application processing delays due to Section 221(g), otherwise known as “Administrative Processing.” Ramped up fraud prevention and related security procedures...more

H-1B Petition Deadline is April 1: Employers Need to Act Now

This is a quick reminder that employers should prepare now if they plan to file H-1B petitions on April 1, 2016 for the fiscal year commencing Oct. 1, 2016. It is expected that the demand for H-1Bs will be very strong once...more

H-1B Cap season is upon us

On April 1, 2016, the H-1B quota will open, making available 65,000 new H-1B visa numbers for professionals working in occupations requiring at least a U.S. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent based on a combination of education...more

Proposed Rule Would Expand Cap Exempt Status for Non-Profit Entities that are 'Related or Affiliated' with Institutions of Higher...

On December 30, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a proposed rule to amend certain regulations related to employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. One of the key proposed changes is an...more

How the Terrorist Attacks in Paris Have Affected International Travel, and What is to Come

Many witnessed increased security over the holidays at airports, train stations and public venues. The planner of the Paris attacks boasted about the freedom of travel through Europe, and the attackers held nationalities of...more

DHS Proposes Rule Affecting Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Applications

On December 31, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register, entitled “Retention of EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled...more

Where is the Foreign Affairs Manual?

As of November 19, 2015, the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) Chapter 9 “9 FAM” has been revised, rewritten, renumbered and relocated to 9 FAM-e on the Department of State website. This 9 FAM-e is now the authoritative source for...more

New Bill Increases L-1 and H-1B Visa Application Fees for Certain Companies

Last week, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 which provides full-year appropriations through September 2016 for all government agencies. Included in this bill are fee increases for certain L-1...more

With Its End in Sight, EB-5 Survives!

In an uninteresting turn of events last week, Congress has passed the Omnibus Bill, which contained a provision extending the EB-5 program until September 30, 2016, with no other changes to the program. As previously...more

Williams Mullen FDI USA News - December 2015

FDI USA News highlights the FAQs arising from your projects—from how to finance a deal to selecting the right visa or tax strategy and more. We want to keep FDI News interactive and relevant to your international business. ...more

United States Congress Extends EB-5 Program without Changes

In a provision in the omnibus Fiscal Year spending bill, the U.S. Congress extended the EB-5 immigrant investment program until September 30, 2016, without any changes. The bill is currently expected to pass the Congress and...more

Department of State Releases January 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based adjustment of status applicants must file using the Application Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its January 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out...more

Budget bill brings both relief and disappointment (or Congressional leadership is both naughty and nice*)

Congressional leaders worked late into the night Tuesday to reach agreement on the federal budget (or omnibus appropriations in Washington-speak). Although the bill has not become law, passage is expected this week....more

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