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New Immigration Rule: Foreign Worker Visa Sponsorships

New Immigration Rule: Foreign Worker Visa Sponsorships

January 18, 2017

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule on January 17, 2017 that amends regulations pertaining to certain immigrant (permanent/“green card”) and high-skilled nonimmigrant (temporary) foreign worker sponsorships. The final rule seeks to provide stability and flexibility for foreign workers in certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa categories.
 USCIS: H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 must be submitted before April 7, 2017

USCIS: H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 must be submitted before April 7, 2017

January 13, 2017

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations, all H-1B petitions for FY2018 must be submitted to the agency during the first five days of April 2017. Thus, the submission for the next fiscal year falls on April 3 to April 7, 2017.
US government clarifies questions about PERM

US government clarifies questions about PERM

January 12, 2017

In a meeting with the principal shareholders, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) agreed to clarify several misconceptions about its policies, especially the Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) system.
USCIS: New form versions available online, updated filing fees effective immediately

USCIS: New form versions available online, updated filing fees effective immediately

January 12, 2017

On December 23, 2016, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had posted a large number of new form versions on its official website. The immigration agency said that the update seeks to inform the public that the older forms are no longer valid.
ICE quarterly international student data: academic, vocational, and STEM enrollments soar

ICE quarterly international student data: academic, vocational, and STEM enrollments soar

December 09, 2016

New data from the US Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) reveals that the total number of international students across 8,697 schools in the country has reached the 1.23 million mark, up by 2.9 percent from November 15 of the previous year.
USCIS announces publication of revised Employment Eligibility Verification form

USCIS announces publication of revised Employment Eligibility Verification form

November 21, 2016

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has published the revised version of Form 1-9, Employment Verification Form. Starting January 22, 2017, the revised form will be mandatory, but the current form with a revision date of March 8, 2013, will still be accepted until that time.
What’s in store for US immigration after Trump’s victory?

What’s in store for US immigration after Trump’s victory?

November 11, 2016

Donald Trump has won the presidency and both parties are right: it’s time to think about healing and immediately unifying a divided nation. But it would be hard to deny that the incoming president’s platform centers, if not leans totally, on immigration. Another fact is that the Republican Party has reassured control over the Senate and the Congress, which means that the president-elect’s future policies could easily gain support and become actual laws.
USCIS releases ‘final’ ruling on immigration benefit application and petition fees

USCIS releases ‘final’ ruling on immigration benefit application and petition fees

November 02, 2016

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the latest adjustments on immigration benefit application and petition fees are “final” and therefore executory.
A quick look at Trump’s and Clinton’s immigration policies

A quick look at Trump’s and Clinton’s immigration policies

November 02, 2016

It’s undeniable that the two leading presidential candidates’ positions on immigration will directly affect not only the US economy but foreign nationals as well.
10-year Chinese Passport holders with business and tourist visa need valid EVUS to enter US

10-year Chinese Passport holders with business and tourist visa need valid EVUS to enter US

October 31, 2016

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), all Chinese passport holders with a 10-year B-1/B-2 visa are required to have a valid Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) enrolment if they plan to visit the United States.