EIG Dispatch | March 24, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS U.S. Bans Many Electronic Devices on Flights to the U.S. from 10 MENA Airports Stricter Visa Screening Expected to Result in Longer Visa Processing for All Follow Up: Changes to UK’s Tier 2 Take Effect April 6 U.S. Bans Many Electronic Devices on Flights to U.S. from 10 MENA Airports On March 21, 2017, […]

U.S. Secretary of State Issues Directives for Stricter Visa Screening

In a series of diplomatic cables, or memos, that were recently released, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. Consulates worldwide to immediately identify “[visa] applicant populations warranting increased scrutiny” and to tighten visa screening for members of those populations. Secretary Tillerson has also ordered that all visa applicants who may have ties […]

EIG Dispatch | March 17, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS Federal Judge in Hawaii Puts President Trump’s Revised Travel Ban on Hold UPDATE: United Kingdom Passes Brexit Triggering Legislation Canada Introduces New Streamlined Work Permit Program for Highly-Skilled Workers Processing Times Increased for Long-Term Passes in Singapore Irish Government Offices Closed for St. Patrick’s Day Federal Judge in Hawaii Puts President Trump’s Revised Travel Ban on […]

Breaking News: U.S. District Court Judge in Hawaii Issues a Nationwide Hold on Key Aspects of President Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

In response to a lawsuit brought by the State of Hawaii, a U.S. District Court Judge issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) today against President Trump’s revised travel ban, just hours before the ban was set to take effect. The revised travel ban, which was issued by President Trump on March 6, 2017, seeks to […]

EIG Dispatch | March 10, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Effective April 3 Revised Executive Order Issued Monday, March 6 UPDATE: United Kingdom – Tier 2 Skills Charge Effective April 6, 2017 Longer Stays for Visitors Performing Work Pass Exempt Activities in Singapore Belgium introduces New Requirement for Posted Workers Visa-Free Travel to Peru for Certain Indian […]

Special Alert: April 2017 Visa Bulletin Released

April 2017 Visa Bulletin Released The U.S. Department of State released the April 2017 Visa Bulletin today. Next month’s Visa Bulletin reports slight advancements from the March 2017 Final Action Dates Chart. Most notably, the EB-2 and EB-3 categories for China have advanced by 1 month and 5 months, respectively. Additionally, the EB-3 category for the Philippines has advanced by 6 months, while […]

Special Alert: USCIS to Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions Starting April 3, 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that starting April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions, including Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap-subject H-1B petitions. USCIS has advised that this suspension may last up to 6 months. This temporary suspension of premium processing by USCIS does not apply to other […]

EIG Dispatch | March 3, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS U.S. Department of State Responds to Questions Regarding the Trump Administration’s Recent Travel Ban Quebec Expands List of Occupations Exempt from Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Advertising Requirements New Zealand Announces Foreign National Hiring Bars for Non-Compliant Employers European Union Modifies Visa Waiver Suspension Rules European Parliament Passed a Non-Binding Resolution to End Visa-Free […]

EIG Dispatch | February 24, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS Argentina Announces Visa Free Entry to Canadians for Tourism and Business The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Re-Opened with Additional Visas Ireland Experiencing Delays in Processing Employment Permit and GNIB Applications Belgium Announces Fee Increases for First-Time Residence Permit Applications Argentina Announces Visa Free Entry to Canadians for Tourism and Business Nationals of Canada are […]