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U.S. Embassy in London to Be Temporarily Closed August 7 and 10

The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the United States Department of State has announced that the Embassy of the United States of America in London will be closed from Friday, August 7, 2015 through Monday, August 10, 2015....more

USCIS Says Green Cards Without Signatures Are Acceptable I-9 Documentation

USCIS recently announced that permanent resident cards (also known as “green cards”) that say “signature waived”, on the front and back of where a signature would normally be located, are acceptable documents to prove...more

USCIS Releases Final Guidance on H-1B Job Site Changes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released final guidance on a recent Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decision requiring amended or new H-1B petitions for workers who change job sites. These requirements...more

Depositions in Oslo

Norway, famous for long winter nights and seemingly endless summer days, breath-taking fjords, fishy cuisine, and, of course, Vikings, lies on the westernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula. Norway’s official name is...more

Changes on the Horizon for EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program

The Obama Administration released a report on July 15 titled “Modernizing & Streamlining our Immigration Legal System for the 21st Century.” The Report, which builds upon the President’s executive action on immigration...more

USCIS Releases Final Guidance on H-1B Job Site Changes

On Tuesday July 21, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released final guidance on a recent Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decision requiring amended or new H-1B petitions for workers who change job...more

Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand: Entry to New Zealand (Updated)

ENTRY TO NEW ZEALAND - A visa or permit is not required to visit New Zealand if the visitor is an Australian citizen, British citizen, or a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand...more

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Extension Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will resume accepting Requests for Premium Processing for all H-1B extension petitions effective July 13, 2015. Premium processing for H-1B extensions had...more

USCIS Completes Return of H-1B Petitions Not Selected in the Lottery

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on July 14, 2015, that it completed processing the return of fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in its “computer-generated random...more

Department of State Releases August 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates for EB-3 Philippines available, but backlogged to 2004. Cutoff dates for EB-3 China backlogged to 2004, while cutoff dates for Mexico and the rest of the world advance by three and a half months. Cutoff dates for...more

USCIS Clarifies Position on Worksite Changes and Need to File Amended H-1B Petitions

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued guidance on changes in H-1B (visa) work locations in the wake of the Administrative Appeals Office's (AAO) April 9, 2015 decision in Matter of...more

FY2016 Cap Petition Return Complete

USCIS announced on July 14, 2015, that it completed the return of rejected fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions. It was previously announced on May 4, 2015, that USCIS completed data entry of all selected...more

Preview of Potential Changes to EB-5 Immigration Program: Source of Financing for Construction and Hospitality Projects

With the impending expiration of the Immigrant Investor Visa Program, also known as EB-5, in September, bipartisan legislation has been proposed in Congress to renew and improve the Program. The proposed changes could...more

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing Service for H-1B Extensions

As of today, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will resume accepting premium processing requests for H-1B extensions. Any premium processing request for H-1B extensions received prior to July 13, 2015 will be...more

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Extensions

USCIS announced that beginning July 13, 2015, the agency will resume accepting premium processing requests for H-1B extension of stay applications. This provides an early cancellation of the previous USCIS directive...more

Africa Update - July 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

DOS Announces Changes to E Visa Application Processing in Mexico

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced changes to the application process to obtain E-1 and E-2 visas, due to recent increases in overall visa applications made through the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. The E-1 visa is...more

Employers That Need To File H-1B CAP Cases Will Now Need To Wait Until FY 2017

In April 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 85,000 total visas for fiscal year 2016, within the first week of the filing...more

EB-5 Program Reauthorization: Proposed Legislative Reforms

Created by the Immigration Act of 1990, the Immigrant Investor Program, more commonly referred to as the EB-5 program, offers foreign investors an opportunity to secure permanent residency in the United States by making a...more

J-1 Training Plan Updates: What Host Companies Should Know

The Department of State issued an updated Form DS-7002, Training/ Internship Placement Plan for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a web-based information system maintained by the Department of...more

Do I Really Need A Work Visa To Work In The USA?

This seems like an obvious question that only has a “YES” answer. After all, why do we have all these employment-based visa categories: H-1Bs for professionals, L-1s for intra-company transfers, E-1s and E-2s for treaty...more

Employers Beware: If You Moved an H-1B Worker Without Advising USCIS, You Have Until August 19, 2015 to Make Amends

A recent binding decision issued by the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) has complicated even further the confusing rules governing employer obligations in the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program. Part of U.S....more

Job Relocations May Trigger Need for Amended H1-B Petition

Before moving an employee with an H1-B visa to a different office or worksite, the employer may have to file an amended H1-B petition, according to a recent US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Administrative...more

A Review of the Supreme Court’s 2014 - 2015 Term

During the United States Supreme Court’s 2014-2015 term, the Court departed from the pro-business reputation it had developed in labor and employment cases. This term, employees prevailed more often than not, including in...more

Visa-Issuing Embassies and Consulates Back Online

The State Department advised that all visa-issuing embassies and consulates are back online, though problems are still occurring with some online immigrant visa application forms....more

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