In April 2018, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced an upcoming expansion of the Biometrics Program, which first began in 2013 and currently requires nationals of 30 countries to submit fingerprints and a photograph when applying for a temporary resident visa (TRV), work permit, or study permit. The expansion […]
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for May 2018, reflecting modest progress for certain preference categories for China and India, continued retrogression for EB1 China and India, and no change for the remaining countries and preference categories. The EB-1 category remains current for applicants born in […]
FY-2019 H-1B Lottery Complete – USCIS to Begin Adjudicating Accepted Petitions, Returning Rejected Ones
by Foster LLP, on Immigration Updates
On April 12, 2018, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the USCIS had completed the “lottery” to select the H-1B cap petitions to be allocated H-1B visa numbers under the 20,000 Master’s Cap and the 65,000 Regular H-1B Cap. USCIS will now begin the process of adjudicating petitions […]
As the EB-5 industry expected, the EB-5 category for Vietnamese nationals is no longer current for this fiscal year. However, we do expect the priority date for Vietnamese nationals to advance over time more quickly than we have seen for mainland born Chinese nationals.