October 2017 Visa Bulletin – EB-1 Current for All Countries

The U.S. Department of State published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for October 2017. As anticipated with the new fiscal year and allotment of immigrant visas in October, China and India EB-1 have become current, so the EB-1 category is now current for all countries. The EB-2...

CIS Returns Premium Processing for FY-2018 H-1B Cap Petitions

On Monday, September 18th, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced the return of premium processing for H-1B petitions filed under the Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Master’s and Regular Cap.  Previously the CIS had resumed premium processing for H-1B petitions filed...

Canada – New Job Match Service Announced for LMIA Applications

Canada has recently announced a new Job Match service that must be utilized by employers seeking to hire through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). This new Job Match service will affect both high-wage and low-wage Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications....

Exclusive: U.S. won’t issue some visas in four nations in deportation crackdown

Arshad Mohammed and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Wednesday will stop issuing certain kinds of visas to some citizens of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone because the nations are not taking back their citizens the United States...

Trump administration sued over phone searches at U.S. borders

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration has engaged in an unconstitutional practice of searching without a warrant the phones and laptops of Americans who are stopped at the border, a lawsuit filed on Wednesday alleged. Ten U.S. citizens and one...

Democrats say they have deal with Trump on young immigrants

By ERICA WERNER and JILL COLVIN WASHINGTON — The top House and Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had reached agreement with President Donald Trump to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation and fund some border security enhancements — not including...

Texas shuns immigrants when they’re needed most

By Stan Marek As the flood waters left behind by Hurricane Harvey begin to recede around our great city, the questions of how to rebuild and who will do the work are top of mind. Following the passage of a ban on “sanctuary cities” in Texas, we were already faced with a quickly...

Nigeria – Professional Certification Now Required For Certain STR Visa Holders

Effective August 16, 2017, certain Nigerian Subject to Regularization (STR) visa holders will need to register with the relevant Nigerian regulatory authority prior to engaging in any productive work in Nigeria. This directive order from the Nigerian Federal Executive Council...

COLOMBIA – Significant Changes to Immigration System – Effective December 14, 2017

On August 2nd the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Relations published a resolution that establishes a new system of visa categories and implements new immigration requirements. Resolution 6045/2017 is anticipated to go into effect on December 14, 2017, 90 business days after the...

Trump Administration to End DACA Program

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced the winding down of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to end on March 5, 2018. Referencing a letter from the “Attorneys General of Texas and several other states” threatening legal action,...
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