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...

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...

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...

U.S. Visa Applications in Russia to be Accepted only at U.S. Embassy In Moscow

On Monday, August 21st, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia announced that beginning Wednesday, August 23, 2017, U.S. nonimmigrant visa applications (e.g., B, F, H, L, O, P) will only be accepted at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. The U.S. Consulates in St. Petersburg,...

DREAM Act of 2017 Would Offer a Pathway to Permanent Residency for DACA Recipients

United States Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) recently reintroduced the DREAM Act as Senate Bill 1615, “Dream Act of 2017.”  This bill would authorize permanent residency for millions of children and young adults who were brought to the United States...

SPONSOR FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRANTS BEFORE “RAISE ACT” ELIMINATES KEY CATEGORIES

Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) recently introduced the “RAISE Act”, which would dramatically decrease legal immigration to the United States, principally by eliminating key family-based immigrant categories, in addition to other major changes in the...

Rubio: Trump-backed immigration bill won’t pass Senate

By Jordain Carney – 08/07/17 Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is predicting that a White House-backed bill aimed at curbing legal immigration won’t have enough support to pass the Senate. “That bill’s not going to pass. … I think the White House knows that...

The Last Time the U.S. Seriously Considered Merit-Based Immigration

Alana Semuels Aug 4, 2017 This week, President Trump, in coordination with Republican Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, signalled his intention to make vast changes to America’s immigration system, cutting back on the number of legal immigrants to the...
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