May 2018 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for May 2018, reflecting modest progress for certain preference categories for China and India, continued retrogression for EB1 China and India, and no change for the remaining countries and preference...

FY-2019 H-1B Lottery Complete – USCIS to Begin Adjudicating Accepted Petitions, Returning Rejected Ones

On April 12, 2018, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the USCIS had completed the “lottery” to select the H-1B cap petitions to be allocated H-1B visa numbers under the 20,000 Master’s Cap and the 65,000 Regular H-1B Cap. USCIS will now begin the...

Visa Bulletin Update – EB5 Vietnam

As the EB-5 industry expected, the EB-5 category for Vietnamese nationals is no longer current for this fiscal year. However, we do expect the priority date for Vietnamese nationals to advance over time more quickly than we have seen for mainland born Chinese nationals.

FY-2019 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 6, 2018, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced that the CIS had received enough H-1B petitions to exhaust the 85,000 H-1B quota (which includes 20,000 set aside for U.S. advance degree holders) for Fiscal Year 2019 (October 1, 2018, through...

Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for FY 2019 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that starting April 2, 2018, premium processing will be suspended for Fiscal Year 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions, including petitions requesting an exemption for beneficiaries in positions requiring a U.S. Master’s...

April 2018 Visa Bulletin – EB1 China and India Priority Dates Retrogress to 2012

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for April 2018, reflecting severe retrogression due to oversubscription for EB-1 China and India and forward progress across several other employment-based preference categories for China Mainland-Born, India,...

INDONESIA – Streamlined Work Authorization Process for Energy Companies

Oil and gas companies seeking to hire foreign employees in Indonesia can now apply directly with the Ministry of Manpower for Work Permits. Regulation ESDM 31/2013 previously required recommendation letters first be obtained from the Dirjen MIGAS, the Directorate General of Oil...

Several Recent Changes to India’s Immigration System

There have been several recent changes to the Indian immigration system, highlights include the following: New Sub-categories of Business and Student Visas Effective immediately, travel for all related business purposes will be specifically allowed under the electronic business...

March 2018 Visa Bulletin – Moderate Forward Progress Across Preference Categories

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for March 2018, reflecting moderate forward progress across the employment-based preference categories, other than those that remain current. The EB-1 category remains current for applicants born in all...

Israel Implements New Long-Term Multiple Entry Visa for Indian Business Travelers

Effective immediately, the Israeli Ministry of Interior will issue multiple entry B-2 visitor visas for qualifying Indian business travelers. The visa may be valid for up to five years and authorize stays of up to 90 days. Generally, B-2 visitor visas for Indian nationals...
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