Trump administration approves tougher visa vetting, including social media checks

The Trump administration has rolled out a new questionnaire for U.S. visa applicants worldwide that asks for social media handles for the last five years and biographical information going back 15 years. The new questions, part of an effort to tighten vetting of would-be visitors...

South Texas human smuggler sentenced to more than 8 years in federal prison

LAREDO, Texas — A South Texas man was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in federal prison after he led police on a high-speed chase in a smuggling vehicle with illegal aliens before crashing into another vehicle and causing serious injuries to several Laredo residents. This...

PolitiFact: How Gov. Abbott misstated sheriff’s ‘sanctuary’ policy

Gov. Greg Abbott gave a backhanded shoutout (or the back of his hand) to a Democratic sheriff as he signed the Republican-driven proposal intended to keep local communities from shielding unauthorized immigrants from deportation. The governor explained his support of Senate Bill...

U.S. Federal Appeals Court Maintains Injunction On President Trump’s Travel Ban

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Virginia published an opinion on International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, a case challenging what has been referred to as President Trump’s travel ban based on a previous Executive Order. The appeals court in a...

How Houston has become the most diverse place in America

The boys sprint in white and yellow uniforms down the green turf, grunting and sweating as the coach shouts from the sidelines. “Búscalo, búscalo,” he yells in Spanish, urging the players to sprint for the ball. “Umusitari!” comes a voice on the sidelines — run down the line —...

Trump Administration Issues Congressional Notice of Intention to Renegotiate NAFTA

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Trump Administration issued official notice to Congress of its intention to begin renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on behalf of the United States with the other member countries of Canada and Mexico.  This ninety (90)...

Australia – Training Benchmark Requirement Eliminated in Favor of Increased Training Fund Contribution Fees, Effective March 2018

The Australian Government has confirmed that it will establish a “Skilling Australians Fund” by March 2018 that will replace the current training benchmarks scheme for Standard Business Sponsors. This fund is intended to support the new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa...

CANADA – Changes to Entry Requirements and Dependent Eligibility

Canada has recently announced several changes to entry requirements for certain nationalities and changes to sponsorship rules for dependents. Visa Requirements Amended for Citizens of Romania, Bulgaria, and Brazil Beginning on May 1, 2017, citizens of Romania, Bulgaria, and...

June 2017 Visa Bulletin – Significant Retrogression for EB-1 China and India

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for June 2017, which shows a retrogression of the “Final Action Cut Off” dates of over five (5) years for EB-1 China and India to January 1, 2012.  Adjustment of Status applications (Form I-485) for EB-1 China...

Beware of DHS Hotline Scam

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently warned the public about an apparent scam involving the DHS OIG hotline telephone number. The fraud alert states that scammers have modified their caller IDs to appear as if their calls are...
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