Mid-April 2017 Immigration Update

Headlines: USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Cap – On April 7, 2017, USCIS reached the H-1B cap for FY 2018. USCIS also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS Changes H-1B Specialty Occupation Guidance for Computer Programmers – Attorneys are expecting an increase in requests […]

April 2017 Global Immigration Update

Headlines: INDIA – India has launched an e-Tourist Visa for certain travelers. ITALY – Various developments have been announced. NETHERLANDS – This article offers comments from a Dutch perspective on the new European Union Directive on intracorporate transferees. TURKEY – Regulations on the new Turquoise Card have been published. UNITED KINGDOM – This article discusses […]

April 2017 Immigration Update

Headlines: USCIS To Accept FY 2018 H-1B Petitions Starting April 3 – USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap on April 3, 2017. State Dept. Cable Calls for U.S. Embassies To Increase Scrutiny of Certain Visa Applicants – The cable orders U.S. embassies to identify “applicant populations warranting increased […]

Mid-March 2017 Immigration Update

 Headlines President Trump Signs Revised ‘Travel Ban’ Executive Order; Federal District Court Blocks Ban Temporarily – President Donald Trump signed a revised “travel ban” executive order on March 6. USCIS To Suspend Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Starting April 3 – The suspension may last up to 6 months. Have You Been Using E-Verify for […]

March 2017 Immigration Update

Headlines: DHS Issues Two New Immigration Enforcement Memos – Two new DHS memoranda call for strict enforcement of immigration laws, stepped-up detentions, and enhancement of expedited removal, among other things. TSA Notifies Travelers of Upcoming 2018 REAL ID Airport Enforcement – Effective January 22, 2018, TSA will start enforcing REAL ID requirements at airport security […]

Mid-February 2017 Immigration Update

Headlines Ninth Circuit Blocks Entry Ban: Recent Developments re Trump Administration’s Executive Order – This article summarizes the rapidly developing immigration-related actions of the Trump administration, and related counteractions. USCIS Will Accept Only New Forms After February 21, 2017 – New fees for USCIS forms took effect in December, and updated versions of those forms […]