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Be Alert Middle East: Dubai Health Insurance Cover – Your questions answered

Employers need to be aware that 30 June 2016 signifies the deadline by which all employees (regardless of the size of the employer) should have compulsory health insurance cover in accordance with the Dubai Health Insurance...more

Investor Visa Applications Skyrocket

The popular EB-5 immigration program has exceeded its applicant limit for the third consecutive year. Applications have more than doubled, from 13,526 during the first quarter of 2015 to 21,988 over the same period this year....more

Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Recommends U Visa Parole Policy

The Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman has issued its Recommendation to USCIS regarding a U visa parole policy. The policy would facilitate parole for individuals who are eligible for U nonimmigrant...more

CAP H-1B Rejections Starting to Arrive, June Visa Bulletin - Heightened Demand for Employment-Based Adjustments of Status Causes...

On June 14, 2016, Clark Hill started to receive rejected CAP H-1B petitions. If an H-1B petition was filed on your behalf by Clark Hill, we will send you an e-mail when we receive an update on your case. On April 7,...more

Travel Alert: Extensive Visa Wait Times at U.S. Consular Posts in India

Seyfarth Synopsis: Department of State reports extensive wait times for visa appointments at consular posts in India. Foreign nationals planning to apply for a visa stamp in India this summer should expect wait times...more

Lengthy Delays for Nonimmigrant Visas at U.S. Consulates in India

Applicants for nonimmigrant visas in India are currently experiencing increased wait times for interview appointments at the U.S. Consular Posts. The Consulates in India are dealing with an extraordinary backlog that is not...more

5 Ways Non-Immigrant Workers in the U.S. Should Prepare for Summer Travel

Now that the weather is warming up and the school calendar is winding down, millions of people across the country are planning their summer excursions. For employees that work on a non-immigrant visa, that summer holiday...more

Department of State Releases July 2016 Visa Bulletin

July sees minor advancements in EB-3 categories following a retrogression in June. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its July 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date cutoffs...more

Divorce and K1 Adjustment of Status

Recipients of a fiancé visa, officially known as a K-1 visa are required to marry only their United States’ citizen petitioner. After the marriage, the foreign citizen must then file for an adjustment of status within 90 days...more

Client Alert on e-Visas and Migration Reforms - New developments on the simplification of visa procedures, work permit exemptions...

Presidential Decree dated 1 June 2016 On the simplification of the e-visa issuance procedure and the creation of the “ASAN Visa” system - A new Decree was signed in order to simplify the procedure for issuing visas to...more

Several Countries Initiate Online Immigration Processes Immigration ProcessesI

Over the past several years, we've seen more countries take their immigration processes online. Some have instituted online forms, some have automated portions of the adjudication, and some have made the entire visa...more

EB-5 Visa Program A Win-Win For Immigrants And Americans

The 1990 EB-5 green card program has been a controversial one for Americans, even as thousands of foreign nationals and American citizens reap the benefits of the program. Through the program, impoverished areas in the United...more

“Benching” Is Not Just for Athletes: A Timely Review of H-1B Wage Requirements

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has started to notify employers of whether their H-1B petitions were selected in USCIS’s fiscal year 2017 random selection process, or “lottery,” that took place in...more

An Ounce of Prevention: Employing Foreign National Physicians in Physician Shortage Areas

Sponsoring a waiver for a J-1 “exchange visitor” can be a good way for healthcare employers to attract talented physicians to vacancies in underserved areas. Here is an example of how the J-1 process works and can help...more

Department of Homeland Security Now Accepting Comments on Its Proposed Filing Fee Increase

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued notice of a proposed rule that would update the application fee schedule for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), noting an overall...more

Allegations of Fraud in EB5 Program

Immigrants seeking an EB5 green card to enter the United States are often at risk of being taken advantage of by unscrupulous individuals. Eager to gain legal entrance to the United States, many overlook questionable...more

México: Residentes de Colombia, Chile y Perú no requerirán visa para viajar a México a partir del 01 de julio de 2016

El 17 de mayo de 2016, el Diario Oficial de la Federación publicó una reforma a los Lineamientos para trámites y procedimientos migratorios, la cual permitirá a los residentes de Colombia, Chile y Perú internarse a México...more

Mexico: Residents of Colombia, Chile and Peru are no Longer Required to Hold a Visa to Travel to Mexico, Effective July 1, 2016

On May 17, 2016, the Mexican government announced amendments to the country's immigration regulations (“Lineamientos para trámites y procedimiento migratorios”), allowing residents of Colombia, Chile and Peru to be admitted...more

Department of Homeland Security Proposes USCIS Fee Increases

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed increasing the fees that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) charges for certain immigration and naturalization filings. The proposal...more

Overcoming Past Indiscretions — Getting Into Canada

As many of you probably have in these past few weeks, I’ve been enjoying the NBA playoffs. Perhaps not as many of you have been wondering what I have been contemplating: how is it that NBA players with criminal pasts are...more

Marrying a U.S.Citizen: Which Visa is Right for You?

When United States citizens and foreign-born individuals decide to tie the knot, there can be a variety of obstacles that get in the way. While things like language barriers, religious customs and cultural misunderstandings...more

Visiting Canada? Better Pack Your eTA or Visa!

Canada has a new entry requirement. Effective March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals must now have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. A result of the Perimeter Security and...more

Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program

During World War II there were thousands of Filipinos who bravely enlisted to fight for our United States. More than seventy years after service to our country, there are still an estimated 2,000 to 6,000 Filipino-American...more

Immigration Update: H-1B Cap FY2017 and Aftermath; Adjudicating the L-1A Functional Manager Petition Requires Consideration of...

The USCIS received more than 236,000 H-1B petitions during this year's FY2017 filing period for the annual supply of 85,000 new H-1B visas (65,000 for regular cap plus an additional 20,000 for workers with a U.S. master's...more

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Lottery Selection Process and Data Entry for Fiscal Year 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 2, 2016, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in a computer-generated random lottery. Mintz Levin has...more

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