March 20, 2018 | EIG Dispatch

US Headlines: USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Petitions / Global Trade Discussions Raise Potential Restriction on Student Visas / Additional Guidance Issued on Waivers for the Third Travel Ban Global Headlines: Ireland Announces New Employment Opportunities for Foreign Nationals / Australia Implements New Temporary Skill Shortage Visa Feature Story: Planning for the Future: The Impact of International Travel for Green Card Holders […]

What We’re Watching: Premium Processing Suspended For H-1B CAP Cases

USCIS Announces Suspension of Premium Processing for CAP Cases Update:  As in prior years, this year USCIS will be suspending Premium Processing for H-1B CAP cases.This suspension is expected to last until Sept. 10, 2018. As of now, H-1B CAP petitions are the only type of petitions impacted by the suspension. The full announcement is available on […]

What We’re Watching: Global Trade Discussions Raise Issue of Potential Visa Restrictions

Update:  According to recent reports from the ongoing trade discussions in Washington, the White House has floated the idea of restricting student visas for Chinese nationals in the context of imposing tariffs and trade restrictions on imports from China and other countries. EIG Analysis:  Were restrictions to be imposed, it would likely impact potential students obtaining […]

What We’re Watching: Australia’s New TSS (Subclass 482) Visa Takes Effect This Weekend

Update: After months of incremental changes, the Australian government has announced that the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (Subclass 482) will officially replace the Temporary Work Skilled visa (Subclass 457) on Sunday, March 18, 2018.  Any standard business sponsorship (SBS), 457 position nomination, and 457 visa applications filed before March 18 will be processed under the current […]

What We’re Watching: EB-1 Priority Dates Stalled for China and India Until Fall

Update: The April 2018 Visa Bulletin was released yesterday.  For this month, the most notable movement is the retrogression for the employment-based first preference category (EB-1) for Indian and Chinese nationals. That category, which had been current in the March Visa Bulletin, has retrogressed to January 1, 2012. Impact: Starting April 1, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer accept I-485 […]

Special Alert: April 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

Notable changes are reflected in the April 2018 Visa Bulletin. Primarily, the EB-1 India and China categories will have a cut-off date of January 1, 2012; these categories were previously current. At this time, there is no indication as to when these categories will revert back to being current. Secondarily, The EB-3 India category sees some […]

What We’re Watching: Government Shutdown

Government Shutdown Still Possible Less than 24 hours remain until federal funding runs out, and the Senate is still uncertain about the passage of H.R. 195, a House short-term spending bill which includes government funding through February 16.  The Senate failed to take a key vote last night and is convening this morning, Friday, January 19.  […]

Travel Ban Update: Breaking News! SCOTUS Allows Travel Ban 3.0 to Take Effect

Breaking News: SCOTUS Allows Travel Ban 3.0 to Take Effect News: Today, the Supreme Court rolled back the preliminary injunction forestalling the implementation of Travel Ban 3.0. The order, which was unsigned, appears to have been backed by 7 of the 9 justices, all except Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor. Context: The preliminary injunction was issued to forestall […]