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 […]

March 13, 2018 | EIG Dispatch

US Headlines: Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against California / USCIS Opens TPS Re-Registration Period for Syrians Global Headlines: New Visa Considerations for Travel to India / Brazil’s E-visa Available for Certain Nationals Feature Story: The Importance of Site Visits US Headlines Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against California. On March 6, 2018, the Justice Department led by Attorney […]

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 […]

March 5, 2018 | EIG Dispatch

US Headlines: More Details on Social Monitoring Requested / Congress Misses the March 5 Deadline for DACA Global Headlines: Italian Consulates Narrow Definition of Business Visa Activities / UK Ending Permanent Residence Applications for Tier 1 Migrants / Taiwan Introduces Employment Gold Card / Changes Announced to Singapore’s Foreign Workforce Policy Feature Story: The H-4 EAD Program-What’s Next? […]

EIG Dispatch | February 27, 2018

US Headlines: USCIS Finalizes Guidance on Signature Requirements / Supreme Court Turns Down Trump’s Appeal for Dreamers Global Headlines: Australia Delays Visa Reforms Through March 2018 / UK Tier 2 Visa Cap Reached for Third Consecutive Month Feature Story: Basics of the EB-1 Green Card US Headlines USCIS Finalizes Guidance on Signature Requirements. On February 16, 2018, USCIS […]