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June 2017 Visa Bulletin: Cut-Off Dates & Retrogression

EB-1 China & EB-1 India Cut-Off Dates The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the visa bulletin for June 2017, which imposes a final action date of January 1, 2012 for both EB-1 China and EB-1 India, which together have

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The State of Immigration Affairs After Trump’s First 100 Days

By TL Loke Walsh Whether you are an immigrant or not, it’s been an anxiety-ridden 100 days under the Trump Administration. Here’s our summary of what has happened in the last 100 days — updates on travel, visa applications and

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H-1B Lottery Completed After H-1B Cap Reached

On April 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received approximately 199,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period that ended on April 7, 2017. This includes the advanced degree cap. USCIS conducted the computer-generated lottery

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Trump Administration’s Revised Travel Ban — What You Need to Know

On Monday, March 6, the Trump Administration issued its revised “travel ban,” formally known as the “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States” Executive Order. It is effective on March 16, 2017.   What Are Some

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USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that beginning April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for ALL H-1B petitions, including FY 2018 H-1B cap cases, H-1B cap-exempt cases and H-1B extensions. USCIS will reject any

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USCIS Issues Updated M-274 Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9

REMINDER! Since January 22, 2017, employers must use the new Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification (11/14/2016 N version). The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has also just released an updated M-274, Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9

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DENIED! — Appeals Court Rules Against Reinstating Trump’s Travel Ban

After a tumultuous few weeks of chaos, global condemnation and law suits, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its highly anticipated decision on Thursday, refusing to reinstate Trump’s travel ban. The case will likely continue to make its way

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CBP Publishes FAQs on Trump Travel Ban (UPDATED)

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published FAQs on the Trump travel ban, which included statistics on how many travelers have been affected since the Executive Order was signed on January 27, 2017.  

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Trump’s Immigration Ban: An Update On Where Things Stand

Last week, we posted a Travel Warning in anticipation of President Trump signing an Executive Order (EO) impacting immigration. On Friday, January 27th, 2017, Trump signed the EO titled “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States.”

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Travel Warning for Nationals of Certain Countries in Anticipation of Trump’s Executive Order (UPDATED)

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an Executive Order this week relating to visa issuance, screening procedures, and refugees. The draft Executive Order is titled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals.” It should be noted that

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