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Summary of the Draft EB-5 Reform Act

There appears to be significant momentum from the Republican contingent in the Senate and the House to pass an EB-5 reform bill entitled, "The EB5 Immigrant Investor Visa and Regional Center Reform Act" (the "Draft Bill") in...more

DOS Moves US Spouse/Unmarried Minor Child Interviews From New Delhi To Mumbai

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On March 6, 2018, the US Department of State announced a change in the location of certain greencard interviews in India. In summary, for interviews scheduled on or after April 1, 2018:-...more

USCIS: Are Your Signatures Valid?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Starting March 18, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will require individuals who are submitting an application, petition, request, or other documents to provide a "valid" signature on forms filed with the...more

The Weekly Round-Up: Department of Justice Sues California Over “Sanctuary Cities,” USCIS Likely to Suspend Speedy Processing for...

Justice Department Sues California - On Tuesday night, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against the State of California, as well as Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General of the State Xavier...more

Visa Rule Changes Will Have a Drastic Impact on the Nursing Industry

by Ronald Shapiro on

Hospitals and other medical facilities continue to experience nursing shortages and qualified foreign nurses are needed now more than ever, but the stricter interpretation of NAFTA by the United States Customs and Border...more

Nearly 20% of Fiance Visas Come from this Country

by Ronald Shapiro on

Nearly one-fifth of all fiance visas that were issued in 2016 went to citizens of the Philippines and about 24 percent of minors brought to the U.S. on K-2 visas were issued to children from this country as well. The total...more

Update On H-4 EAD Rule Rescission

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Following up on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Order of February 21, 2018, DHS has requested still more time to review the H-4 EAD Rule. In a status report filed on February 28, 2018, just a week after the...more

What Is Chain Migration?

by Ronald Shapiro on

When United States citizens or lawful permanent residents sponsor their family members to enable them to move to the U.S., this family reunification process is often referred to as chain migration. Although family-based...more

USCIS Tightens the Rules Related to H-1B Visas for Third Party Worksites

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On February 22, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new policy memo making it more restrictive for H-1B employers who have their consultants work at third party work sites to fulfil client...more

USCIS Publishes Policy Memorandum on H-1B Third-Party Worksite Requirements

by Littler on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a memorandum establishing its policy relating to H-1B petitions filed for employees who will be working at one or more third-party worksites. ...more

Insight on Immigration Updates

by Clark Hill PLC on

H-1B Filing Season to Begin April 2, 2018 - Lottery is Anticipated - Employers are reminded to identify new candidates who will require new H-1B sponsorship as soon as possible to ensure that these applications are accepted...more

Crackdown on Business Travelers from Visa Waiver Countries

by Foley Hoag LLP on

The Visa Waiver Program (“VWP”) allows citizens of 38 countries to travel to the U.S. for business or pleasure without having to obtain a formal visa by obtaining a pre-clearance known as Electronic System of Travel...more

Time to Prepare H-1B Petitions

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

To seek H-1B “professional” work authorization for foreign recruits during 2018 employers should start now to get their preliminary Labor Condition Applications filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. Preparations must then...more

Third Time’s Not the Charm for Trump’s Travel Ban

The Fourth Circuit ruled earlier this month that the Trump Administration’s third attempt at an immigration and travel ban, imposed on eight predominately Muslim countries, was likely to violate the Establishment Clause....more

The Weekly Round-Up: Immigration Legislation Stalls, ICE Raids in Los Angeles, and Bangladeshi Professor Granted Temporary Stay of...

Senate Immigration Bill Fails - Despite a long build-up to a debate on an immigration bill in the United States Senate this week, negotiations for comprehensive legislation, as well as a law to help protect DACA recipients,...more

Employer Alert – The Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Visa Season is Almost Here

Employers who hire foreign workers may already be familiar with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. USCIS is also responsible for...more

USCIS Announces a Valentine’s Day Credit Card Payment Option

by Dickinson Wright on

On February 14, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will accept credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) payments for forty-one fee based forms. Notably, the I-129...more

US Department of State Releases March 2018 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Cutoff dates for all employment-based categories show minimal advancement. The US Department of State has released its March 2018 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

Immigration Debate Begins: Prospects for EB-5 Reform & Reauthorization

Congress nearly averted a shutdown last week, but just missed the mark when Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) temporarily blocked Senate passage of the fifth – and supposedly final — continuing resolution (CR) of this fiscal year...more

EB-5 Update: Congress Extends EB-5 Investor Visa, Again.

Yet again, the House and Senate have passed and sent to the White House a continuing resolution that prevented a government shutdown and extended the EB-5 Regional Center Program until March 23, 2018. Invest in the USA...more

H-1B Cap: Critical Filing Dates for FY 2019

by Littler on

Employers seeking to sponsor H-1B workers for Fiscal Year 2019 can begin filing petitions on April 2, 2018 (April 1 is a Sunday), for a start date of October 1, 2018. ...more

New (Cap) H-1B Filings - April 2-6 Deadline

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

H-1B season is underway! U.S. employers can file for new H-1B visas on behalf of prospective or existing employees beginning April 2, 2018. The anticipated window for filing new H-1B petitions under the USCIS H-1B quota for...more

It’s Time to Start Preparing for H-1B Cap Season

by Williams Mullen on

The H-1B visa program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in “specialty occupations.” Essentially, a specialty occupation is a professional position that requires an individual to...more

You Win the FY 2019 H-1B Lottery: Are Your Worries Behind You?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The answer to this question is “not necessarily.” After the FY 2018 H-lB lottery, many participating U.S. employers and beneficiaries breathed a sigh of relief and gave a hearty cheer when their checks for the H-1B filing...more

Weekly Roundup of Local and Under-the-Radar White Collar News - February 2018

..Miami businessman agrees to pay $81M for EB-5 visa program fraud ..The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) apparently sent subpoenas to cryptocurrency platforms ..Meanwhile, the SEC obtained a court order halting...more

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