Mid-October 2018 Immigration Update

Headlines: F-1 ‘Cap-Gap’ Status, Work Authorization Extension No Longer Valid as of October 1 – USCIS reminded F-1 students who have an H-1B petition that remained pending on October 1, 2018, that they risk accruing unlawful presence if they continue to work on or after October 1 (unless otherwise authorized to continue employment) because their […]

October 2018 Immigration Update

Headlines: DHS Announces Controversial Proposed Rule on Changes to Public Charge Definition – DHS has announced that it will soon publish a controversial proposed rule that would make it much more difficult for many who have lower incomes or less education, or who have received public benefits, to become permanent residents. USCIS Proposes Change in […]

Mid-September 2018 Immigration Update

Headlines: USCIS Now Accepting Copies of Negative O Visa Consultations Directly from Labor Unions – USCIS has begun accepting copies of negative consultation letters directly from labor unions relating to a current or future O nonimmigrant visa petition request. USCIS Changes Filing Location for Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence – Petitioners must send Form […]

September 2018 Immigration Update

Headlines: State Dept. Announces Oversubscription of September Employment-Based Second and Third Preference Categories – The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for September 2018 announced oversubscription of employment-based visa numbers in several categories. USCIS Extends, Expands Suspension of Premium Processing for Certain H-1B Petitions; Increases Premium Processing Fee – USCIS announced that it is extending the […]

August 2018 Global Immigration Update

Feature Article VISA WAIVER PROGRAMS: AN OVERVIEW – This article provides an overview of visa waiver programs in several countries. Country Updates AUSTRALIA – Australia has implemented the Temporary Skills Shortage visa and employer nomination sponsored visas. HONG KONG – This article provides an overview of the acquisition of Chinese nationality in the Hong Kong […]

Mid-August 2018 Immigration Update

Headlines: Controversial DHS Draft Rule Proposes Changes to Public Charge Definition – A controversial Department of Homeland Security (DHS) draft rule leaked to the media would make more immigrants inadmissible or deportable for receiving public benefits. EB-1 Green Cards Backlogged Worldwide – The worldwide backlog for EB-1 visas is expected to continue through at least […]