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U.S. Department of Labor to Increase Enforcement of H-1B and Other Visa Programs

On June 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it will increase activities to combat fraud and abuse in employment-based visa programs. This will include not only H-1B visas, but other types of nonimmigrant visas, such as the H-2B…
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Trump Administration Appeals Decision on Trump "Travel Ban #2" to U.S. Supreme Court

After the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the preliminary injunction on the Trump Administration's "Travel Ban #1," President Trump issued a new Executive Order on March 6, 2017 that included a temporary 90-day ban on U.S. entries by citizens…
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New Executive Order Targets H-1B Visas

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled "Buy American and Hire American," which addresses the H-1B visa program, among other topics. The EO primarily sets policy looking forward, directing the Departments of State…
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USCIS Announces FY2018 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 7, 2017, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018 was reached within the five business day filing window running from April 3-7, 2017. This includes both the U.S. advanced degree cap preference limit of 20,000 visas and the…
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New Travel Ban/Executive Order Stayed by Courts

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii blocked the Trump Administration's new travel ban, Executive Order No. 13,780 (EO). The Court issued a nationwide temporary restraining order that blocks enforcement of two key…
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Trump Administration Issues New Executive Order Restricting Travel for Nationals of Six Designated Countries

The Trump Administration issued a new Executive Order (EO) on March 6, revoking the January 27 Executive Order banning U.S. entry of nationals from seven countries (see prior news alert here). The new EO becomes effective March 16 and imposes a…
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USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing of All H-1B Petitions Filed On or After April 3, 2017

On March 3, 2017, USCIS announced it will suspend Premium Processing of all H-1B petitions filed April 3, 2017 and later. The suspension may last up to six months, and is intended to reduce the processing times for H-1B petitions filed regular…
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Reminder: New (Cap) H-1B Filings - April 3-7 Deadline

U.S. employers that wish to pursue new H-1B visas on behalf of prospective or existing employees should do so as soon as possible, and contact counsel for assistance if desired. April 3 through 7, 2017 is the anticipated deadline for filing new H-1B…
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Ninth Circuit Upholds Temporary Block on Travel Ban

Yesterday, February 9, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Ninth Circuit) unanimously upheld the temporary restraining order that halted the federal government ban on issuance of visas to, and entry of, individuals from…
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Temporary Restraining Order Halts Trump Administration Executive Order of January 27, 2017

As has been widely reported, on Friday, February 3, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a temporary restraining order impacting the Trump Administration Executive Order issued on January 27, 2017…
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International Travel and Petition Processing - Clarification and Guidance on Trump Administration Executive Orders

The White House, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have issued guidance clarifying the impact of the Trump Administration Executive Orders issued last week. One…
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How to Respond to Trump Administration Executive Orders

Last week, President Trump issued three Executive Orders addressing a wide range of immigration issues. The content of the Orders establish executive branch policy and immediate concrete action items. The Executive Orders include measures impacting…
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Mandatory EVUS Enrollment Starts Nov. 29 for Certain Chinese Travelers

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Department of State have created a new Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS). Certain visa holders will be required to enroll in EVUS to continue to use their visas to enter the United States. The…
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Diversity Visa Lottery 2018 Open October 4 to November 7

The U.S. Department of State has announced registration dates for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery 2018 (DV-2018). Online registration for the lottery will be accepted beginning Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT…
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USCIS Announces FY2017 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 7, 2016, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2017 was reached within the five business day filing window running from April 1 to April 7, 2016. This includes both the U.S. advanced degree cap preference limit of 20,000 visas…
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New (Cap) H-1B Filings - April 1 Deadline

April 1 through 7, 2016 is the deadline for new H-1B petitions to be filed under the USCIS H-1B quota. We recommend that employers review upcoming hiring needs and determine as soon as possible if the company needs to file any new H-1B petitions…
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Diversity Lottery 2017 Open October 1 to November 3!

The U.S. Department of State has announced registration dates for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery 2017 (DV-2017). Online registration for the Diversity Lottery will be accepted beginning October 1, 2015 at noon EDT (GMT -4) until November 3…
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Technical Difficulties Cause Delay in Nonimmigrant Visa Processing at U.S. Consulates and Embassies Worldwide

The U.S. Department of State (DOS), Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa system which has resulted in delays in printing visas and may mean rescheduling visa interviews. This issue is not specific to…
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Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing of Extension of Stay H-1B Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will temporarily suspend its premium processing service for all H-1B Petitions requesting an Extension of Stay (including amendment and change of employer requests). The temporary…
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USCIS Announces FY2016 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 7, 2015, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2016 was reached within the five business day filing window running from April 1 to April 7, 2015. This includes both the U.S. advanced degree cap preference limit of 20,000 visas…
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