Texas shuns immigrants when they’re needed most

By Stan Marek As the flood waters left behind by Hurricane Harvey begin to recede around our great city, the questions of how to rebuild and who will do the work are top of mind. Following the passage of a ban on “sanctuary cities” in Texas, we were already faced with a quickly...

Nigeria – Professional Certification Now Required For Certain STR Visa Holders

Effective August 16, 2017, certain Nigerian Subject to Regularization (STR) visa holders will need to register with the relevant Nigerian regulatory authority prior to engaging in any productive work in Nigeria. This directive order from the Nigerian Federal Executive Council...

COLOMBIA – Significant Changes to Immigration System – Effective December 14, 2017

On August 2nd the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Relations published a resolution that establishes a new system of visa categories and implements new immigration requirements. Resolution 6045/2017 is anticipated to go into effect on December 14, 2017, 90 business days after the...

Trump Administration to End DACA Program

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced the winding down of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to end on March 5, 2018. Referencing a letter from the “Attorneys General of Texas and several other states” threatening legal action,...

Trinidad & Tobago – New Understudy Reporting Requirement

On August 10, 2017, the Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries (MEEI) informed employers of Work Permit holders in Trinidad & Tobago that bi-annual progress reports for each foreign national on their training of local understudies must be filed with...

FAQs – Hurricane Harvey Impacts on Immigration

1. Do lawful permanent residents and temporary visa holders (e.g. H-1B, L-1, F-1 etc.)  have to file a Form AR-11 with USCIS to report any change of address if they are staying at a temporary location and are prevented from returning home because of flooding/damages? Filing an...

September 2017 Visa Bulletin – Forward Progress for EB-2 Category

The U.S. Department of State published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for September 2017, moving forward nine (9) months to January 1, 2016 the previously announced “cut-off date” for the EB-2 Category under the “Final Action cut off dates,” except for India and China which remain...

Foster Ranked #1 Largest Houston-Area Immigration Law Firm

HOUSTON – Aug. 14, 2017 – Foster LLP, a leading immigration law firm delivering the full spectrum of U.S. and global immigration solutions, was recently ranked No. 1 in the Houston Business Journal’s list of the Largest Houston-Area Immigration Law Firms. Foster received the top...

Eight Foster Immigration Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers in America© List

HOUSTON – Aug. 21, 2017 –  Foster LLP, a leading immigration law firm delivering the full spectrum of U.S. and global immigration solutions, is pleased to announce that eight Foster immigration attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2018 The Best Lawyers...

Anniversary of DACA Deportation Protections Marked By Fear They’re Ending

by Patricia Guadalupe WASHINGTON — Rallies and demonstrations on Tuesday are taking the place of long queues as immigrant rights groups and allies mark the fifth anniversary of an Obama administration deportation relief and work permission program now in peril under President...
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