June 2018 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for June 2018, reflecting minor progress of only four (4) days for EB-2 India and only one (1) week for EB-5 China and EB-5 Vietnam, along with no change in the other countries and preference categories. The...

Former owner and operator of tech staffing company sentenced to prison for wire, visa fraud

PHILADELPHIA – The former owner and operator of Virgo Inc. and Isync Solutions, Inc., was sentenced April 19 following convictions for wire and visa fraud. The sentencing follows a joint investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security...

Here’s What To Expect On Immigration In 2018

By Stuart Anderson, Forbes The easiest prediction to make for 2018 is that Donald Trump will not visit the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July and extol the virtues of America’s great tradition as a nation of immigrants. But what should we expect on immigration in 2018? Low...

Stoking Fears, Trump Defied Bureaucracy To Advance Immigration Agenda

By Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis, The New York Times WASHINGTON — Late to his own meeting and waving a sheet of numbers, President Trump stormed into the Oval Office one day in June, plainly enraged. Five months before, Mr. Trump had dispatched federal officers to...

‘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...
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