EIG Dispatch | April 21, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS USCIS Redesigned Green Cards and EADs USCIS Adopts Final Action Visa Bulletin Chart for May 2017 New USCIS Guidance – All Employment-Based Non-Immigrants Must be Paid Minimum Wage USCIS Completes the H-1B Visa Lottery Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2018 “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order Signed Tuesday Australia and New Zealand Tighten Immigration […]

EIG Dispatch | April 14, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS PERM and Prevailing Wage Determination – Processing Updates United Kingdom – Home Office to Begin Compliance Visits Canada Implements Visa-Free Requirement for Brazilians, Bulgarians, and Romanians Chinese Government No Longer Requiring Government Invitation Letters for Z Visa PERM AND PREVAILING WAGE DETERMINATION – PROCESSING UPDATES The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released processing […]

Special Alert: May 2017 Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State released the May 2017 Visa Bulletin today. Next month’s Visa Bulletin reports slight advancements from the April 2017 Final Action Dates Chart. Very little change is seen in the EB-2 and EB-3 categories for China, these categories have advanced by 24 days and 1 month, respectively. Similarly the EB-2 and EB-3 categories for India sees […]

EIG Dispatch | April 7, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS FY 2018 H-1B Cap Reached USCIS Confirms Policy for H-1B Computer-Related Specialty Occupations USCIS Announces Further Measures to Protect the Integrity of the H-1B Program China Implements New Work Permit System India Introduces New Visas and Modifies E-Visa Program FY 2018 H-1B Cap Reached Today, USCIS announced that the fiscal year (FY) 2018 H-1B […]

DHS Requests Additional Time to Consider H-4 EAD Rule

As an update to our earlier report, today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requested an additional 180 days to review the H-4 Employment Authorization (H-4 EAD) Rule to decide what action, if any, the administration will take, and how it will respond to the related pending appeal in the case of Save Jobs USA v. […]

EIG Dispatch | March 31, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS Federal Judge in Hawaii Blocks Travel Ban Indefinitely – Extending Prior Order Update on the Pending H-4 EAD Lawsuit Georgian Citizens Can Now Travel in the Schengen Zone Without a Visa Luxembourg Revises and Expands Immigration Permit System   Federal Judge in Hawaii  Blocks Travel Ban Indefinitely – Extending Prior Order  On Wednesday, Hawaii […]

Federal Judge in Hawaii Blocks Travel Ban Indefinitely – Extending Prior Order

On Wednesday, Hawaii U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson indefinitely halted President Trump’s revised travel ban. This decision is an extension of the Judge’s temporary restraining order issued on March 15th. President Trump’s revised travel ban sought to prevent citizens of six predominantly Muslim,  countries from entering the US.  In issuing this order indefinitely suspending the […]

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 […]