EIG Dispatch | September 5, 2017

Feature Story: Trump Administration Rescinds DACA USCIS News: USCIS Offers Immigration Services for Hurricane Harvey DC Insights: J-1 Program May be Scaled Back / Congress in Session Headlines: Japan New Permanent Residency Guidelines Feature Story: Trump Administration Rescinds DACA – Current DACA Beneficiaries Must Now Look to Congress Today, the Trump administration, through Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announced it is […]

Today the U.S. Takes a Step Backwards with Trump’s Move to End DACA

Today, the Trump administration fulfilled its campaign pledge to repeal DACA, allowing the President to make a grand gesture to his core supporters, at the expense of 800,000 children and young adults. During a press conference today at 11am EST, President Trump, through U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announced that DACA will be rescinded, and […]

Settlement Reached in Travel Ban Case Now Allows Individuals Denied Entry to Reapply for Visas

After months of litigation, a settlement agreement was reached yesterday in the case of Darweesh et al. vs. Trump, one of the key cases in the ongoing litigation over the travel ban. The case stemmed from President Trump’s first executive order issued on January 27, 2017, where the plaintiff, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, an Iraqi national, […]

EIG Dispatch | August 29, 2017

USCIS News: USCIS Houston Closures / USCIS Prevailing Wage Challenges / AP Applications and International Travel DC Insights: U.S. Government Shutdown over Border Wall Funding / 9th Circuit Hears Arguments over Travel Ban Headlines: Thailand Introduces Smart Visa / Closures of U.S. Consulates for Eid-Al-Adha Feature Story: USCIS to Require in Person Interviews for Employment-Based Green Cards The Latest […]

USCIS to Require In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based Green Card Process Starting October 1

On Friday (August 25th), a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) spokesperson confirmed that, starting October 1, 2017, in-person interviews will be required for certain immigrants adjusting status from an employment-based visa (e.g.: H-1B, TN, L-1B) to that of a lawful permanent resident. Context This in-person interview requirement is not completely new. It is currently […]

EIG Dispatch | August 22, 2017

Op-Ed from the Desk of Robert Taylor DC Insights: NIV Visa Services in Russia Suspended / NAFTA Renegotiations / Rising H-1B Salaries / Senator Flake Op-Ed Feature Story: Continue to be Great DC Insights: What We Learned in the Past 7 Days U.S. Temporarily Suspending NIV Visa Services in Russia.  Beginning August 23, 2017, all nonimmigrant visa […]

EIG Dispatch | August 15, 2017

DC Insights: RAISE Act Unlikely to Become Law / DACA Turns 5 / USCIS Remains Without a Director Headlines: UK Travel: Save Time, Skip the Landing Card / New Zealand Modifies Skilled Migrant Scheme / Canada Start Up Visa / Qatar Expands Visa Waiver Program Feature Story: Visa Bulletin I-94 FAQs DC Insights: What We Learned in the […]

Special Alert: September 2017 Visa Bulletin Released

Today, the U.S. Department of State released the September 2017 Visa Bulletin. As reported in last month’s visa bulletin update, the cut-off dates imposed on the EB-2 Worldwide quota, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the Philippines categories remain in place, with expectations to go back to current in October 2017. Cut-off dates for EB-1 India and […]

Proposed RAISE Act: To Reform the Employment Based Green Card Process

President Trump announced last week his support for the Reform American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act introduced by two Republican Senators. The scope of the bill is limited, as are its chances to become law. The bill focuses on reforming the green card permanent residency process, replacing the employment sponsored green card process with a […]

EIG Dispatch | August 8, 2017

DC Insights: President Trump Support RAISE Act / Congress and Supreme Court Recess Headlines: Canadian Job Match Service / Permanent Residency in Qatar / Innovation Visa Laungh in Israel Feature Story: Visa Bulletin FAQs DC Insights: What We Learned in the Past 7 Days President Trump Announces his Support of the RAISE Act. President Trump announced last Wednesday that […]