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August 2016 Visa Bulletin: Retrogression in Certain Employment-Based Categories

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its August 2016 Visa Bulletin which reflects retrogression in Employment-Based First Preference (Priority Workers such as Multinational Managers) and Employment-Based Second Preference...more

Increased Wait Times at U.S. Consular Posts in India

U.S. Consular Posts in India are currently experiencing extraordinary wait times for nonimmigrant visa (NIV) interview appointments. In July 2016, the current wait times for all non-immigrant visa categories (other than...more

SEC Sanctions Unregistered EB-5 Investments Broker

We previously warned that some individuals involved with arranging EB-5 investments may be required to register as broker-dealers (see "Immigrant Investor Program Raises SEC Broker Registration Issues" in the Summer 2014...more

New Electronic Visa Update System (“EVUS”) required by U.S.A. for B-1/B-2 & B-2 Chinese Nationals after November, 2016 | Industry...

Effective November, 2016, Chinese nationals, including nationals from People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau will be required to use an on-line enrollment system, referred to as EVUS to update biographic...more

I-9:  Ways to Avoid Identity Theft

Employers are increasingly being contacted by individuals, their insurance and payroll providers, the IRS and/or police about employees who are possibly involved in identity theft. If an employee steals a name and matching...more

Canadian Immigration Updates

The following alert is directed to organizations with a presence in Canada or who anticipate the need to place talent at a Canadian work site. 1. Beginning December 1, 2016, Mexican Citizens Will Not Need a Visa for...more

Department of State Releases August 2016 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State released the visa bulletin for August 2016 and set cutoff dates for employment-based first preference Chinese and Indian chargeable applicants as well as second preference categories for “all other”...more

Certain Immigrant Categories Delayed Beginning in August, Likely to Return to Normal in October

The U.S. Department of State has published the monthly “Visa Bulletin” for August 2016. The Visa Bulletin is a government publication, the primary purpose of which is to provide an updated waiting list for immigrants that are...more

Feds Ratchet Up Employer Penalties, Effective Later This Summer

While most employers were preparing for the long holiday weekend, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) announced a series of civil penalty increases that will impact the nation’s employers in the very near future. On June 30,...more

Bringing Families Together with a Same-Sex Visa

The United States Supreme Court has now granted same-sex unions the same rights that traditional marriages experience. This also means that green cards are now available for immigrant spouses of the same sex. The law now...more

Innocents Abroad: Creating a Company’s Global Mobility & Immigration Policy

Carrie, I appreciate the guidance you have provided regarding the documents the company needs to have in place when sending an employee on an assignment abroad. Now I have a related question about immigration risks...more

Mission India Announces Significant Delays in US Nonimmigrant Visa Processing

Expect further delays throughout the summer. The US Department of State recently announced that US consular posts in India are experiencing unusually long wait times for nonimmigrant visa (NIV) interview appointments....more

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

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