‘We Want To Stay’: Haitian Immigrants In U.S. Fear End Of Temporary Protected Status

For decades, the United States has provided immigrants from 10 countries, mostly in Central America, what’s known as Temporary Protected Status. Under this status, temporary visas allow them to stay and work in the U.S. and prevent them from being forced to return to home...

Diversity Visa Lottery: Inside the Program That Admitted a Terror Suspect

By Miriam Jordan The terrorist attack in New York quickly turned into a debate over immigration policy after President Trump revealed Wednesday that Sayfullo Saipov, the man accused of killing eight people, had benefited from an obscure program known as the diversity visa...

U.S. Tightens Renewal Requirements for Nonimmigrant Worker Visas

By Chris Fuchs Visa renewals for foreign workers are to be reviewed and scrutinized like first-time applications, according to new federal guidance, in a move that one expert said could induce U.S. companies to hire Americans. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...

Trump Administration Toughens H-1B Visa Renewal Process

by Sara Ashley O’Brien @saraashleyo The U.S. government is toughening up the process for renewing a popular foreign work visa. This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services advised its officers to “apply the same level of scrutiny” to extension requests...

Will DACA Parents Be Forced to Leave Their U.S.-Citizen Children Behind?

By Priscilla Alvarez With the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an estimated 200,000 children are at risk of losing their parents. In September, the Trump administration announced it was rescinding DACA pending a six-month delay. The program is...

Big Takeaways From The New L-1 Visa Petition Data

By Allissa Wickham – Law360 In its latest data release in support of President Donald Trump’s “hire American” push, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has revealed which companies are using the L-1 visa program to transfer employees to the U.S. Here are insights from...

November 2017 Visa Bulletin – Modest Forward Advancement

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for November 2017, showing modest forward advancement in all employment-based categories except for EB-1, which remains current for all countries. The EB-2 category continues to be current for applicants born...

President Trump Reveals Immigration Principles and Priorities

On Sunday, October 8, 2017, President Trump revealed and sent to Congress a list of immigration principles and priorities.  According to a statement issued by Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elain Duke, many of these principles originated with recommendations...

Approval Notices with I-94 Cards Now Have Two Different Validity Periods for Certain Nonimmigrant Classifications

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) recently began issuing Form I-797A Approval Notices with two different validity periods for certain nonimmigrant classifications, including H-1B.   The expiration date at the top of the Approval Notice reflects the validity date...

U.S. Department of State Revises Guidance on “Misrepresentation” in Visa Context

When applying for a visa or otherwise seeking admission to the United States, an applicant must demonstrate that he or she is eligible for the requested visa classification and that no ground of inadmissibility applies.  One potential ground of inadmissibility is “fraud or...
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