Category: Updates

Immigration updates from the government.

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

The International Entrepreneur Visa (“Parole”) Is Here!

One Last Surprise from the Obama Administration On January 17, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule (“The International Entrepreneur Rule”) to improve the ability of certain promising start-up founders to begin growing their companies within

USCIS Final Rule To Benefit Certain Employment-Based Nonimmigrants

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule that would positively impact certain employment-based nonimmigrants by providing them greater employment flexibility, which would also benefit their families. The provisions of this rule will take effect on January

Know Your Rights!

By Rahul Soni, Esq. On Friday, January 20, 2017, President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as President of the United States on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The presidential transition has already begun to lay its foundation; but

USCIS Releases Revised Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of the Form I-9 (version 11/14/2016 N), which is now available for use. As announced earlier, employers may continue to use the previous version of Form I-9, with revision

Will the 2016 Election Have an Immediate Impact on U.S. Immigration?

By TL Loke Walsh The results of Tuesday’s elections in the United States caught the entire nation by surprise. The election of President-elect, Donald Trump has generated fear, worry and uncertainty for many immigrants. However, it is unlikely that this

USCIS Increases Government Filing Fees

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that new fees will take effect beginning December 23, 2016. This means that applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new fees or

Electronic Visa Update System For Chinese Passport Holders

Beginning November 29, 2016, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin implementing its Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) online program, which is designed to update basic and other biographic information of travelers (regardless of age) who are carrying

Update On Visa & Passport Photo Requirements

On September 23, 2016, the State Department announced that U.S. embassies and consulates will no longer accept photographs of visa and passport applicants wearing eyeglasses beginning November 1, 2016. This also applies to photos for U.S. passport applications. Exceptions apply

Top 10 Things You Need To Know About the FY 2018 Green Card Lottery

By Tien-Li Loke Walsh Yes, DV Lottery really exists! The government has 50,000 diversity immigrant visas available for FY 2018 (i.e. October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018). Why should you do it? It’s free – you just complete your