One-Time Increase in H-2B Visa Availability

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) announced that the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Homeland Security (DHS) will publish a final rule on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, increasing the number of available H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 through the end of Fiscal...

New Form I-9 and I-9 Employer Handbook Announced on July 17, 2017

On Monday, July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  After September 17, 2017, the prior version of Form I-9 with revision date of 11/14/16 N will no longer be acceptable for use.  The new...

Federal Court Expands List of Family Not Subject to Travel Ban

On Thursday, July 13, 2017, the U.S. Federal District Court for the District of Hawaii issued an order prohibiting the Trump Administration from enforcing its travel ban against additional family members not previously exempted in the Administration’s June 2017 implementation of...

August 2017 Visa Bulletin – EB-2 “All Other” Category Retrogresses

The U.S. Department of State has published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for August 2017, establishing a “cut-off date” of April 1, 2015, for the EB-2 “All Other” Category under the “Final Action cut off dates”.  The EB-2 category is listed as “current,” meaning no backlog in...

“Entrepreneur Parole” Delayed – Rule Likely To Be Rescinded

The International Entrepreneur Rule was finalized on January 17, 2017, and was to become effective July 17, 2017.  The rule would have afforded certain entrepreneurs a total period of up to five years in which to start up or manage and grow their own companies.  The entrepreneurs...

Details Emerge on Implementation of Modified Travel Ban

On June 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of State issued a memorandum to consular posts implementing the President’s Executive Order 13780, which temporarily halts travel to the United States of citizens and nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  On Monday,...

New Form I-485 Triples the Length of Current Form – Applicants for Permanent Residency Must Provide Greater Detail

On June 26, 2017, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced publication of a new Form I-485, which is the form used to apply for permanent resident status (“green card”) in the United States.  The new form is 18 pages and requires applicants to provide greater...

U.S. Supreme Court Partially Upholds Modified Travel Ban

Today the U.S. Supreme Court has partially upheld a modified version of President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order temporarily banning travel to the United States by citizens and nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. President Trump signed an Executive...

H-1B Premium Processing Returns for Medical Doctors under Conrad 30 Waiver Program

On Friday, June 23rd, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced the return of premium processing for H-1B petitions filed on behalf of medical doctors under the Conrad 30 and Interested Government Agency Waiver programs.  Beginning Monday, June 26th, CIS will...

Canada Announces Implementation of Global Skills Strategy

Canada has recently announced the implementation of a Global Skills Strategy aimed at prioritizing the adjudication of work permit applications in key “high-demand” occupations. As part of the new Strategy, the LMIA process will be streamlined through the removal of standard...
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