November 2018 Visa Bulletin – Minor Forward Progress Only for EB-2 China, EB-3 and Other Workers Philippines, and EB-5 Vietnam

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for November 2018, which reflected minor forward progress only for EB-2 China, EB-3 and Other Workers Philippines, and EB-5 Vietnam, with the remainder of the priority dates remaining current or backlogged....

H-1B use skyrocketed among Bay Area tech giants

By Ethan Baron | Bay Area News Group Even as the White House began cracking down on U.S. work visas, major Silicon Valley technology firms last year dramatically ramped up hiring of workers under the controversial H-1B visa program, according to newly released data. The data show...

December 2017 Visa Bulletin – Minor Forward Movement

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for December 2017, reflecting minor forward movement across all employment-based categories except for EB-1, which remains current for all countries. The EB-2 category remains current for applicants born in...

Judge: Reinstate Jessica Colotl’s reprieve from deportation

Jeremy Redmon June 12, 2017 A federal judge in Atlanta has ordered the government to reinstate a temporary reprieve from deportation for Jessica Colotl, a Norcross woman whose 2010 arrest in Georgia reignited the contentious national debate over illegal immigration. In the...

White House Working to Overhaul High-Tech Visa Rules

BIG PLAYBOOK SCOOP — BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT NEW HIGH-TECH VISA RULES (with Morning Shift’s Ted Hesson) — The White House has been quietly working with the Justice Department on overhauling the H-1B program to better adhere to the administration...

US Secretary Of Labor Protects Americans, Directs Agencies to Aggressively Confront Visa Program Fraud and Abuse

WASHINGTON – After a thorough review of the U.S. Department of Labor’s foreign worker visa programs, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced actions to increase protections of American workers while more aggressively confronting entities committing visa program fraud and...

Recent Immigrants to the U.S. Are Better Educated: Report

CHICAGO — Nearly half the recent immigrants to the United States have college degrees, reflecting a steady increase in educational attainment fueled largely by growing numbers of people from Asia, a study released on Thursday showed. Rising immigration from countries such as...

Trump administration approves tougher visa vetting, including social media checks

The Trump administration has rolled out a new questionnaire for U.S. visa applicants worldwide that asks for social media handles for the last five years and biographical information going back 15 years. The new questions, part of an effort to tighten vetting of would-be visitors...

Beware of DHS Hotline Scam

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently warned the public about an apparent scam involving the DHS OIG hotline telephone number. The fraud alert states that scammers have modified their caller IDs to appear as if their calls are...

May 2017 Visa Bulletin – Modest Advances for Most Employment Based Visa Categories

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for May 2017, which shows minor advancement in the “final action cut-off” dates and significant movement forward and backward in the “filing cut-off” dates. Final Action Cut-off Dates Notable advancements of...
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