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 […]

August 2018 Immigration Update

Headlines: State Dept. Announces Oversubscription of August Employment-Based Preference Categories, Limits on Special Immigrant Translator Visa Availability – The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for the month of August 2018 includes announcements about employment visa availability. USCIS Postpones Implementation of Memorandum on Notices to Appear – USCIS announced that issuance of operational guidance is pending […]

June 2018 Global Immigration Update

Feature Article CITIZENSHIP: AN OVERVIEW – This article provides an overview in Q&A format of citizenship issues in several countries. Country Updates HONG KONG – This article discusses expatriation issues in Hong Kong; explains the rationale behind some U.S. citizens’ decision to migrate to Hong Kong and, in some cases, renounce their U.S. citizenship; provides […]