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Department of State Releases December 2016 Visa Bulletin

No change in Dates for Filing chart; small gains in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its December 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date cutoffs...more

“No Eyeglasses Policy” Issued by the Department of State

For those renewing passports or visas to gear up for holiday travel, be sure to take those photos without your glasses! Effective December 1, 2016, Consular Affairs will no longer accept photographs of visa and passport...more

Immigration Consequences of DUI Offenses

One of the most sacred principles of the U.S. criminal justice system holds that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. This principle is not necessarily true under U.S. immigration law. A non-citizen who is...more

2018 Diversity “Green Card” Lottery Registration Period: Oct. 4 to Nov. 7, 2016

Registration for the U.S. Department of State’s electronic Diversity Visa (DV) “green card” lottery for fiscal year 2018 began at 12:00 noon U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Entries must be submitted by...more

DUI Arrests May Result in the Prudential Revocation of a Validly Issued Nonimmigrant Visa

Contrary to popular opinion, there are serious immigration consequences for nonimmigrants who are arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or a related offense. According to recently released guidance found in the...more

October 2016 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has issued a Visa Bulletin update for the month of October 2016 and, for the first time since November 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced...more

Diversity Visa ("Green Card Lottery") Registration

On October 4, 2016, registration for the Diversity Visa (DV) 2018 Program will begin. Conducted by the U.S. Department of State (DOS), the DV program provides a limited number of immigrant (permanent) visas each fiscal...more

2018 Green Card Lottery Registration

On October 1, 2016, the US Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2018), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a...more

2018 Diversity Visa Lottery Program: Cuba, Ecuador, and Guatemala Eligible to Register

For the 26th year, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has issued registration instructions for the annual Diversity Visa (DV) lottery. Registration for the 2018 lottery opens 12 noon eastern daylight time (EDT) on October 4,...more

2018 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens in Two Weeks

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2018 opens Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 4, 2016 and noon on November 7, 2016,...more

Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens on October 4, 2016

The State Department announced that it will begin accepting applications for the FY 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program—commonly called the diversity visa lottery—beginning Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Applicants who are...more

The October 2016 Visa Bulletin

The start of October means the start of a new fiscal year for the U.S. Department of State, with a new round of immigrant visa numbers for the permanent residency process. USDOS recently released the first Visa Bulletin of...more

Department of State Releases October 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based China and India First Preference and Worldwide Second Preference cutoff dates become “current” once again. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its October 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin...more

2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program Announced

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced the opening of the registration period for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program enables foreign nationals to apply for permanent...more

2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Announced

On September 16, 2016, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) published a notice in the Federal Register on the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2018). This Congressionally-mandated program provides visas for a class of...more

State Department Relaunches Company Visit Program to Assess ITAR Compliance

The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) within the State Department has relaunched its “Company Visit Program.” Under the Company Visit Program, DDTC officials come to your office to review your company’s...more

Considerations for Travel to Iran to Explore Relaxed Trade Opportunities

Before booking your airfare, be mindful of these potential issues. In light of liberalized trade with Iran made possible by the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC’s) General License H and the relaxation of US...more

Immigrant Visa Processing Changes – EB2 Worldwide will become current in Oct; EB2/3 China and EB2 India to advance in October; EB3...

In our continuing series of reports, Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, shares his most recent analysis of current trends and future projections for the...more

DUI Arrest Could Now Lead to Visa Revocation for Employees in U.S. Even Without a Conviction

Employers should be aware that foreign nationals in the United States on nonimmigrant work visas (such as H-1B, L-1, and O-1 visas) are subject to severe consequences following an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI)...more

Department of State Releases September 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based final action dates reflect modest advancement for the end of the fiscal year. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its September 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country...more

DHS Announces Changes to Benefit Undocumented Immigrants

On July 29, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule that expands eligibility or a provisional waiver of unlawful presence, (‘‘provisional waiver’’). For readers who are unfamiliar with the provisional...more

Foreign Entrepreneurs Series | Part 2: Immigrant Visas

In May, we began a series discussing some of the issues faced by foreign entrepreneurs when starting businesses in the United States. In that post, we discussed the importance of evaluating available visa options before...more

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

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

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