April 2019 Visa Bulletin – Minor Forward Movement Across Most Backlogged Employment-Based Preference Categories

Click here to view 2019 April Visa Bulletin. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued the Monthly Visa Bulletin for April 2019, reflecting minor forward movement for EB-1 for all chargeability areas except China & India, EB-2 for China & India, EB-3 and Other Workers...

New Version of Form I-539 and New Form I-539A Issued by USCIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status and new Form I-539A have now been published. However, USCIS will accept the old form through March 21. The Form I-539 is used for a...

5 arrested in scheme that hired people to take English proficiency exam on behalf of Chinese nationals seeking student visas

LOS ANGELES – Federal authorities this morning arrested five defendants linked to a scheme that helped Chinese nationals obtain student visas by hiring individuals who used fake Chinese passports to take an English proficiency test for the foreign students. The arrests were made...

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Now Has Final Rule to Raise EB-5 Investment Amounts

Since February 22, 2019, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization Regulation (“EB-5 Modernization Regulation”) is under review at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The OMB Review is the final step in the agency rulemaking process before publication of a final...

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing For All H-1B Petitions March 12, 2019

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions. As of Tuesday, March 12, 2019, all H-1B petitions may be upgraded to premium processing or filed originally with a request for premium processing.  In recent years the...

New Research: No Evidence Foreign Students in OPT and STEM OPT Reduce Job Opportunities for U.S. Workers

Arlington, VA – New research from a former Federal Reserve Bank economist finds no evidence that foreign students participating in Optional Practical Training (OPT) reduce job opportunities for U.S. workers, according to a new report released by the National Foundation for...

Real-Estate Developers Look to Vietnam for Cheap Financing

As Chinese investors sour on a program that offers American residency in exchange for certain real-estate investments, U.S. developers are turning to a new, fast-growing source of cheap capital: Vietnam. The Southeast Asian country is rapidly gaining on China as one of the...

New Business Coalition, Texans for Economic Growth, and Texas Business Immigration Coalition Launch Texas Compact on Immigration

AUSTIN — Today marks the launch of Texans for Economic Growth, a coalition of 50 Texas business leaders and associations dedicated to recognizing and supporting the positive impact immigrants have on the Texas economy as business owners, taxpayers, and consumers. With its launch,...

Number of Undocumented Immigrants in US at a 25-Year Low

Contrary to President Trump’s claim that “large-scale unlawful migration” across the southern border constitutes a “national emergency” that requires building a wall, research suggests that undocumented immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border is actually the lowest it’s ever...

USCIS Is One Step Closer To Ending H-4 EAD Eligibility

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its draft of a proposed rule to end eligibility of H-4 spouses to apply for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) cards after their spouses have reached an advanced...
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