Australian Subclass 457 Visa Category to be Eliminated in 2018

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has recently announced sweeping changes to the Subclass 457 Visa category that will eventually lead to the elimination of the current Subclass 457 visa category and create a new temporary visa program. The Subclass 457 visa category is...

May 2017 Visa Bulletin – Modest Advances for Most Employment Based Visa Categories

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for May 2017, which shows minor advancement in the “final action cut-off” dates and significant movement forward and backward in the “filing cut-off” dates. Final Action Cut-off Dates Notable advancements of...

“Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order Calls for Change in H-1B Lottery System and Rigorous Immigration Enforcement

On Tuesday, April 18th, President Donald J. Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, which sets forth his Administration’s policy to “maximize . . . the use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States” and to “rigorously enforce and...

199,000 H-1B Cap Cases Filed

On April 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced that the CIS received 199,000 FY-2017 H-1B petitions during the filing period from April 3 – 7, 2017. On April 11th, the CIS applied the required computer-generated random selection proce...

Trump “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order Targets H-1B Program Abuse

During his presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald J. Trump remarked on the H-1B program and perceived program abuses that involve the alleged use of lower-skilled and lower-wage foreign workers to replace U.S. workers in the job market.  In the early days of his...

THE NETHERLANDS: Implementation of ICT Directive May Actually Disadvantage Non-EEA/EU Intracompany Transferees

On November 29, 2016, the Netherlands implemented the ICT Directive, European Union (EU) Directive 2014/66. This directive streamlines ICT requirements across the EU and increases mobility for short-term projects in other EU Member States.  However, the implementation of this...

FY- 2018 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 7, 2017, 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 2018 (October 1, 2017, through...

H-1B Rumors and Facts

Since his inauguration, President Trump has focused on a series of initiatives, many of them aimed at various components of U.S. immigration enforcement. Most recently, the administration has issued guidance to address perceived abuses in the H-1B visa program. Additionally, H-4...

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Visa On Arrival Now Available for All Russian Business Visitors and Indian Business Visitors Who Hold a Valid U.S. Visa or Green Card

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Cabinet recently announced significant changes to the country’s entry requirements to the benefit of Russian and Indian business and tourist visitors. Indian citizens who hold a valid United States visa or Lawful Permanent Resident (“Green”) card...

Carry-On Restrictions for Certain Flights to the United States and United Kingdom

The United States and the United Kingdom have announced similar restrictions on carry-on items for certain international flights arriving in each country from the Middle East and North Africa. Carry-On Restrictions for Flights from Certain Airports in the Middle East and North...
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