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What's New In Washington - December 2017

December is often the busiest time in Washington, and this year is no different as Congress races toward the holiday finish line. There is still a multitude of problems to solve before members can head back to their...more

Visa Processing Delays Hit U.S. Applicants

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In recent weeks, approximately 15 to 20 percent of U.S. visa applicants with approved visas have faced visa issuance delays. These delays are a result of technical issues with the U.S. visa processing system used by U.S....more

Congress Approves Short - Term EB - 5 Extension

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

With just one day left to avoid a government shutdown over Fiscal Year 2018 spending, the House and Senate today approved a continuing resolution (CR) that extends current spending levels through December 22. The president is...more

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Immigration Arrests Rise, Senate Bill Ties DACA to Increased Border Enforcement, and Higher Scrutiny...

Immigration Arrests Increase While Deportations Decrease - On Tuesday, December 5, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released their year-end immigration enforcement numbers. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement...more

UK Immigration – Statement of Changes

by Dentons on

A Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules was presented to Parliament yesterday. Those that are most relevant to business immigration are summarised below....more

How House Joint Resolution 123 Impacts EB-5

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Friday, December 8, 2017, President Trump signed House Joint Resolution 123, the “Continuing Appropriations Act”, which prevented a U.S. federal government shutdown. The Act provided a short-term extension which will keep...more

H-1B Filing Season 2018 Is Around The Corner And Sooner Than You Think!

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

On April 1, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting cap subject H-1B petitions for professional workers starting employment on October 1, 2018. In past years, the high demand for...more

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Travel Ban to Go into Full Effect

by Littler on

On December 4, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the restraining orders against President Trump’s travel ban. The stay means that the September 24, 2017 presidential proclamation restricting travel into the U.S. from eight...more

Supreme Court Restores Travel Ban – Implications for Employers

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On December 4, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed enforcement of the Presidential Proclamation that established the so-called Trump travel ban pending future appeals hearings in the federal courts. Employers in industries...more

'Tis the season...to prepare for H-1B filing

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On April 1, 2018, USCIS will begin accepting cap subject H-1B professional worker petitions for a start date of October 1, 2018. Due to the high demand for H-1B visas, we encourage employers to take time now to identify any...more

EB-5 Regional Center Alert: USCIS Annual Certification Submission Deadline Quickly Approaching

The Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Immigration Practice Group reminds all EB-5 Regional Centers that the annual regional center certification submission deadline for 2017 is December 29. United States Citizenship & Immigration...more

Ninth Circuit Approves Latest Travel Ban, in Part

by Littler on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has lifted, in part, a district court's injunction that temporarily blocked enforcement of the Trump administration's latest travel ban....more

The New “90-Day Rule” Could Impact Holiday Travel by F-1 OPT Employees

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) recently updated its Foreign Affairs Manual (“FAM”) guidance regarding what the agency perceives as “willful misrepresentations.” The guidance revises what was previously known as the...more

USCIS Establishes New Five-Prong Test for “Function Managers”

Multinational companies that wish to transfer managerial employees to the United States now have clarification on the criteria required to do so. A new five-prong test adopted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services...more

House Bill To Add Obligations For Employers Dependent On H-1B Visas Moves Forward

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A bi-partisan House panel has approved the “Protect and Grow American Jobs Act,” a bill that would change eligibility requirements for exemption from the standard Labor Condition Application (LCA) requirement for...more

Why An E-2 Visa May Be Better Than An EB-5 Green Card

by Ronald Shapiro on

There are several reasons why investor immigrants may be better off applying for E-2 visas instead of EB-5 green cards. Some of the specific advantages that E-2 visas have when compared to EB-5 green cards include: Faster...more

US Department of State Releases December 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

EB-1 remains current; “Dates for Filing” chart remains stagnant. The US Department of State has released its December 2017 Visa Bulletin, setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

The Latest Turn in the Travel Ban Road

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the latest district court decisions involving the President’s so-called travel ban, in which a Hawaii court fully enjoined the proclamation, while a Maryland court allowed it to stand as to...more

Raffle for a Green Card: The Diversity Visa Program

After a madman plowed a rented pick-up truck down a bike path along Manhattan’s Hudson River killing eight people and injuring several more in New York’s deadliest terror attack since September 11, 2001, President Donald...more

US Visa Processing in Turkey Resumes on a Limited Basis; Again, Turkey Responds in Kind

by Mintz Levin on

In early October, we reported that US visa processing in Turkey had been suspended amid security concerns, and that the government of Turkey had responded with a suspension of visa processing for US citizens....more

Paris Embassy Announces Change to the Golden Arrow Program

The U.S. Embassy in Paris has announced a minor change to its Golden Arrow program, affecting French-owned companies that are incorporated in the United States. Effective immediately, French E visa applicants under the Golden...more

USCIS Will Begin Accepting Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2019 on April 2, 2018

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept new H-1B petitions subject to the annual quota for fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) starting April 2, 2018. Because April 1, 2018 falls on a Sunday, USCIS will accept...more

Are you ready to travel abroad for the holidays?

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, now is the best time for visa holders to review their travel documents and begin planning for renewals if necessary. Planning ahead can alleviate much of the stress of...more

Global IT Company Settles Years of Federal and State Immigration Investigations - $24 Million in Fines Paid.

Infosys, a global consulting and IT services company, with operations in 45 countries, recently reported an agreement with the State of New York to settle allegations that Infosys failed to pay hundreds of foreign workers who...more

The October 31st NYC Attack And The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

As many mourn the loss of the victims of the October 31st NYC attack, a parallel conversation surrounding immigration reform has emerged. Immigration reform has been President Trump’s long-standing campaign promise, but has...more

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