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President's Immigration Executive Action Will Impact Employers

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced executive action to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States temporarily and apply for work authorization. This executive action also includes...more

What President Obama's Immigration Directives Mean For Businesses

Earlier this evening, President Obama announced executive action that would significantly impact employment and investment-based immigration. To implement these directives, the White House released its plan on immigration...more

Recent Changes in US Immigration Processes and Technology

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented changes recently that affect many individuals seeking to travel to the United States, US employers of H-1B and L-1 workers, and users of some USCIS services. This...more

U.S. and China Strike Visa Deal

The United States and China announced an agreement on November 10, 2014 whereby visitors to both countries will now be able to apply for 10-year multiple entry visas. Previously visitors to both countries could only apply...more

November 2014 Immigration Alert

DHS Announces Enhancements to ESTA Program - On November 3, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced enhanced security measures that foreign nationals (“FNs”) seeking to use the Electronic System...more

NVC No Longer Accepting Original Civil Documents

As of November 12, 2014, the National Visa Center (NVC) will cease accepting original civil documents in support of immigrant visa applications. Rather, most applicants will now be required to submit photocopies of...more

Why Your Company Should Consider Hiring Foreign IT Workers

Many employers look overseas to fill their employment needs. As we recently reported, hiring highly-skilled foreign nationals – particularly for IT jobs – can boost productivity and increase wages for the entire workforce....more

Original Civil Documents No Longer Required in Immigrant Visa Applications

The National Visa Center (NVC) has advised that, as of November 12, 2014, it will no longer require the submission off original civil documents in immigrant visa applications. Instead, only photocopies of supporting...more

Extensions of Visa Validity Periods for Chinese Nationals

This week, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released additional changes to its Reciprocity Table following President Barack Obama’s announcement of a new, reciprocal 10-year visa policy between the United States and China....more

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Courts Can Review the Consular Denial of a Visa Based on Marriage to a U.S. Citizen

On October 2, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari in the case of Kerry v. Din. The case involved a U.S. citizen who claimed that her liberty interest in marriage has been violated by the denial of...more

Strengthening Security of the Visa Waiver Program Through Enhancements to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization

On November 3, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the agency is instituting additional security measures for individuals seeking admission to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)....more

Department of State Releases December 2014 Visa Bulletin

The Bulletin shows that cutoff dates in the EB-2 India category remain severely backlogged, cutoff dates in EB-3 for the Rest of the World and China advance by five months, and EB-3 China is now ahead of EB-2 China....more

China Update - November 2014

In This Issue: - President Obama Visiting China, Burma, and Australia - APEC and the U.S. Economy - APEC Leaders Commitments - White House Fact Sheet on President Obama’s Visit to China -...more

The United States and China To Extend Visas for Short-term Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students

On November 10, 2014, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that starting November 12, 2014, the United States and the People’s Republic of China will reciprocally increase the validity of short-term business and...more

U.S. and China Reach Agreement to Issue Extended Visas

Effective today the U.S. Department of State has extended the maximum visa validity period from one (1) to ten (10) years for Chinese nationals seeking a B-1/B-2 (business/tourist) visitor visa. This change comes on the heels...more

The United States and China Agree: Visa Reciprocity

Perhaps there is not a lot that China and the United States can agree upon, but this week the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of China were able to agree upon a revision of the visa reciprocity rules,...more

President Obama Announces Extended Visas for China/US Travel

Arriving for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on November 10, President Obama announced the conclusion of a reciprocal deal with China that will see both countries extend the length of the multiple-entry...more

U.S. and China to Increase Visa Reciprocity Beginning November 12

The United States and the People’s Republic of China will jointly increase the validity of short-term business and tourist visas, as well as student and exchange visas, issued to each other’s citizens in an initiative that...more

White House Extends Visa Validity Reciprocity With China

President Obama issued a statement on November 10, 2014, that the U.S. and China have mutually agreed to increase the validity of tourist and business visas issued to each country's respective citizens. The White House notes...more

CAHO Upholds Fine of $329,895 for 300 I-9 Forms

If you have already undergone one I-9 audit by ICE, you may think your business is now safe and off of the government’s radar. You would be wrong. As reaffirmed in a recent decision by the Office of the Chief Administrative...more

U.S. Expands Visas to Chinese Citizens to 10 Years

Chinese citizens who would like to travel to the United States now can have a visa valid for up to 10 years. Previously, the limit was one year. During President Obama’s November 2014 visit to China, the two countries...more

I-751 Applications Transferred from Vermont Service Center to California Service Center

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that Forms I-751, Petitions to Remove the Conditions on Residence, filed with the Vermont Service Center have been transferred to the California Center. This was...more

Visa Waiver Travelers to Face Additional Security Screenings

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will tighten screening measures on travelers who use the Visa Waiver Program in response to concerns over Islamist militants who hold U.S. or European passports....more

Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand: Entry Into New Zealand

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 Will Begin Accepting Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for FY 2016 on April 1, 2015

The filing period for “new” H-1B petitions to be counted against the annual H-1B quota (the “H-1B cap”) for FY 2016 will begin on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Cap-subject H-1B petitions will have an employment start date of...more

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