CIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions on October 3

On Wednesday, September 27th, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced the return of premium processing for all H-1B petitions, effective October 3rd.  This includes H-1B petitions seeking a change of status, change of employer, or amendment to current status. ...

MEXICO – Temporary Suspension of In-Country Processing of Immigration Filings

On September 25, 2017, the Mexican government announced the suspension from September 25th to 29th of all activities by the Mexican Ministry of the Interior.  This includes the National Immigration Institute (INM), which processes immigration filings in Mexico.  The government...

Police policy change allows officers to ask about immigration status

By Mark Wilson – American-Statesman Staff Interim Police Chief Brian Manley said the Austin Police Department will now allow officers to ask detainees about their immigration status. The policy changes come a day after a federal court ruling allowed portions of Senate Bill...

Trump Administration Expands and Extends Travel Ban

On Sunday, September 24th, President Trump issued a Proclamation, “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.”  This new proclamation expands and extends the President’s previo...

October 2017 Visa Bulletin – EB-1 Current for All Countries

The U.S. Department of State published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for October 2017. As anticipated with the new fiscal year and allotment of immigrant visas in October, China and India EB-1 have become current, so the EB-1 category is now current for all countries. The EB-2...

CIS Returns Premium Processing for FY-2018 H-1B Cap Petitions

On Monday, September 18th, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced the return of premium processing for H-1B petitions filed under the Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Master’s and Regular Cap.  Previously the CIS had resumed premium processing for H-1B petitions filed...

Canada – New Job Match Service Announced for LMIA Applications

Canada has recently announced a new Job Match service that must be utilized by employers seeking to hire through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). This new Job Match service will affect both high-wage and low-wage Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications....

Exclusive: U.S. won’t issue some visas in four nations in deportation crackdown

Arshad Mohammed and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Wednesday will stop issuing certain kinds of visas to some citizens of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone because the nations are not taking back their citizens the United States...

Trump administration sued over phone searches at U.S. borders

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration has engaged in an unconstitutional practice of searching without a warrant the phones and laptops of Americans who are stopped at the border, a lawsuit filed on Wednesday alleged. Ten U.S. citizens and one...

Democrats say they have deal with Trump on young immigrants

By ERICA WERNER and JILL COLVIN WASHINGTON — The top House and Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had reached agreement with President Donald Trump to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation and fund some border security enhancements — not including...
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