EIG Dispatch | May 19, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS Global – Processing Expected to Slow During Ramadan – Late May to Late June Update – India: Foreign Nationals Exempted from Aadhaar Requirement European Union Approves Visa-Free travel for Ukrainians – Effective Early June French Authorities Increasing Enforcement of Posted Worker Requirements Global – Processing Expected to Slow During Ramadan – Late May to […]

EIG Dispatch | May 12, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS Next Round of Australian Immigration Changes – Effective July 1, 2017 Portugal and Italy Temporarily Reinstating Border Controls During Major Events in May France Elects a Centrist President USCIS Releases H-1B Lottery Documents in Response to Lawsuit Department of Labor Responds to Senators’ H-1B Fraud Concerns Canada Issues Report on Express Entry Pool Program […]

Special Alert: June 2017 Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State released the June 2017 Visa Bulletin today. Most notably, EB-1 India and China has retrogressed, with next month’s Visa Bulletin imposing a final action cut-off date for these categories. During the AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) Liason’s monthly check-in with Mr. Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of […]

EIG Dispatch | May 5, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS USCIS Completes Data Entry for FY2018 H-1B Cap Petitions Spending Bill Funds Federal Government Through September Canadians L-1 Adjudication Limited to Canada Visa Free Travel to Europe Continues for US Citizens Canada Increases Age Limit for Dependents Back to 22 India Expands Aadhaar Program to Foreign Residents USCIS Completes Data Entry for FY2018 H-1B […]

EIG Dispatch | April 28, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS Federal Judge Blocks Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities France Presidential Election Enters Final Stage Ukraine Amends Visa Issuance and Processing Rules Countries Observing Labor Day on Monday May 1st Federal Judge Blocks Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities On Tuesday, April 25th, U.S. Federal District Court Judge William Orrick blocked President Trump’s latest immigration-related Executive […]

White House Considers NAFTA Withdrawal

Today in the White House, the H-1B program reform takes a backseat as the administration discusses a potential withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). White House officials indicated that the administration is currently working on an executive order, which may be released in the upcoming weeks, and would serve to notify the […]

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 […]