U.S. Federal Appeals Court Maintains Injunction On President Trump’s Travel Ban

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Virginia published an opinion on International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, a case challenging what has been referred to as President Trump’s travel ban based on a previous Executive Order. The appeals court in a...

Trump Administration Issues Congressional Notice of Intention to Renegotiate NAFTA

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Trump Administration issued official notice to Congress of its intention to begin renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on behalf of the United States with the other member countries of Canada and Mexico.  This ninety (90)...

Australia – Training Benchmark Requirement Eliminated in Favor of Increased Training Fund Contribution Fees, Effective March 2018

The Australian Government has confirmed that it will establish a “Skilling Australians Fund” by March 2018 that will replace the current training benchmarks scheme for Standard Business Sponsors. This fund is intended to support the new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa...

CANADA – Changes to Entry Requirements and Dependent Eligibility

Canada has recently announced several changes to entry requirements for certain nationalities and changes to sponsorship rules for dependents. Visa Requirements Amended for Citizens of Romania, Bulgaria, and Brazil Beginning on May 1, 2017, citizens of Romania, Bulgaria, and...

June 2017 Visa Bulletin – Significant Retrogression for EB-1 China and India

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for June 2017, which shows a retrogression of the “Final Action Cut Off” dates of over five (5) years for EB-1 China and India to January 1, 2012.  Adjustment of Status applications (Form I-485) for EB-1 China...

Beware of DHS Hotline Scam

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently warned the public about an apparent scam involving the DHS OIG hotline telephone number. The fraud alert states that scammers have modified their caller IDs to appear as if their calls are...

US to Seek Social Media Details from Certain Visa Applicants

WASHINGTON — The State Department wants to review social media, email addresses and phone numbers from some foreigners seeking U.S. visas, as part of the Trump administration’s enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors. The department, in a notice published Thursday...

Border Agents Turning Away, Blocking People Seeking Asylum: Report

Border agents are illegally turning away people seeking asylum or refusing to deal with their requests, according to a report released Wednesday by a human rights group. U.S. law requires border agents to refer people who arrive at the border and request asylum to an interview...

Department of State Publishes Notice of Increased Information Requests During Visa Application Process

On May 4, 2017 the U.S. Department of State (DOS) published in the Federal Register a notice of information collection which seeks to allow consular officers to request additional information from certain visa applicants based on terrorism or national security concerns.   This...

Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Receipt Process Now Complete

On May 3, 2017 the USCIS announced that it has completed the receipt and data entry of all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap cases. This means that the CIS should be issuing the last of the receipt notices for cases selected under the cap in the next several days. If a petitioner does...
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