India Begins Immigration E-Services for Certain FRRO Jurisdictions

Effective February 12, 2018, the Bureau of Immigration, India has announced the implementation of immigration E-Services for all foreign nationals residing within the jurisdiction of the following Foreigners Regional Registration Offices (FRROs): Mumbai FRRO; Delhi FRRO;...

UNITED KINGDOM – Tier 2 (General) Work Visa Scheme Oversubscribed for Second Consecutive Month

The Tier 2 (General) visa scheme is a points-based system for skilled employees who do not qualify as an intra company transferee. After the Tier 2 (General) quota first overdrew in December 2017, the quota was once again oversubscribed in January 2018. Under the Tier 2 scheme,...

DACA Employers Prepare for March 5th

President Trump delayed the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program until March 5, 2018, to allow for Congress to act on a solution.  According to a report from the Center for American Progress, an estimated 91% of the close to 800,000 DACA...

Trump Administration Announces New National Vetting Center

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the Trump Administration announced the creation of a new National Vetting Center which will be charged with coordinating efforts to determine whether travelers to the United States pose a threat to national security or public safety. Applicants for...

UNITED KINDGOM – Government to Double Immigration Health Surcharge

The U.K. government has announced that the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) will double from £200 to £400 per year. The IHS was first introduced in 2015 and is a required payment from applicants from outside the European Economic Area as part of their work, study, or family...

White House Releases Plan for DACA/Dreamers

On Thursday, January 25, 2018, the White House released an outline of the President’s plan for DACA recipients and “Dreamers.”  The plan is widely considered to be a starting point for negotiations which the White House has released in advance of the promised bi-partisan...

What A Government Shutdown Would Mean For Immigration

In the event the U.S. Senate fails to pass a continuing resolution to continue operating the government until a full budget agreement can be reached, the U.S. Federal Government is expected to “shutdown.”  Various Government departments and agencies are involved in handling U.S....

Visa-Waiver Travelers May Now Check Online and Receive Email Reminders about their Authorized Stay

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) rolled out enhanced features under the “View Compliance” tab of the CBP website, which allows travelers under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to check their immigration status and expiration dates of their authorized stay in the United...

February 2018 Visa Bulletin – Significant Forward Progress for EB-3 China, Minor Progress Otherwise

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for February 2018, showing significant forward progress in the third preference category for China and minor progress across the remaining employment-based categories, except for the preference categories and...

Update on Possible Elimination of H-4 Spouse EAD Program

As reported in a recent Foster Immigration Update©, the Trump Administration is considering elimination of the H-4 spouse EAD program that permits the H-4 spouses of certain H-1B visa holders to apply for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) cards.   The Trump Administration...
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