Leading firms in WWL: Corporate Immigration 2018 by number of listed lawyers

This year’s research features 639 leading corporate immigration attorneys who come highly regarded for their experience in the legal immigration and naturalisation of skilled workers. The individuals listed here specialise in assisting corporate entities navigate the increasingly...

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As the EB-5 industry expected, the EB-5 category for Vietnamese nationals is no longer current for this fiscal year.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.

Immigration May Be on Hold in Congress, but the Trump Administration Continues to Restrict Legal Immigration

By Charles C. Foster, Texas Lawyer Over a year ago, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated and set out to make good on campaign promises that would deport illegal immigrants and seek funds to construct a wall on the southern border. Now, after a year of presidential action on...

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...

Shifting Sands – Trump’s Inconsistent Attitude towards Dreamers

By Benjamin J. Schatz, Senior Attorney On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced that it was ending the DACA program that currently protects hundreds of thousands of Dreamers from deportation and gives them permission to work. Trump’s intent was to end the program...

Keep On Keepin’ On: Meeting Today’s Immigration Challenges Head-on

By Delisa Bressler, Partner With all the controversial attention on immigration lately – on things like the border wall, court decisions on travel bans and sanctuary cities, and Congress’s failure to act on a solution for Dreamers – it is sometimes easy to get caught up in the...

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...
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