EIG Dispatch
EIG Dispatch | September 19, 2017
September 20, 2017

USCIS News: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing Service for H-1B Cap Cases / USCIS Adopts Final Action Dates Chart (Chart A) for Employment Based Green Cards DC Insights: Upcoming Closure of U.S./Tijuana Border Crossing Headlines: UK Requires Original Documents for Tier 2 and Tier 4 Applications in India Feature Story: FAQs on US Visa Interviews Latest ...

EIG Dispatch
EIG Dispatch | September 12, 2017
September 13, 2017

Feature Story: Teachers Would Slip Through Cracks of New Immigration Plan Upcoming Webinar: "We Need To Talk: Catching Up On The Past Months Key Immigration Developments" USCIS News: USCIS Closes Offices Due to Hurricanes Harvey & Irma DC Insights: Government Funding Extended Headlines: Germany Gives New Options for Intra Company Transfer Status/  Modified Visitor Registration ...

Special Alert: October 2017 Visa Bulletin Released
September 12, 2017

Today, the U.S. Department of State released the October 2017 Visa Bulletin. As predicted, EB-1 India and China will revert back to being current, and EB-2 Worldwide, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the Philippines will be current again with the beginning of the new fiscal year on October 1, ...

EIG Dispatch
EIG Dispatch | September 5, 2017
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 ...

Today the U.S. Takes a Step Backwards with Trump's Move to End DACA
September 5, 2017

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 ...

US News
Settlement Reached in Travel Ban Case Now Allows Individuals Denied Entry to Reapply for Visas
September 1, 2017

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, ...

EIG Dispatch
EIG Dispatch | August 29, 2017
August 30, 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 ...

US News
USCIS to Require In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based Green Card Process Starting October 1
August 28, 2017

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 ...

EIG Dispatch
EIG Dispatch | August 22, 2017
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 ...

EIG Dispatch
EIG Dispatch | August 15, 2017
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 ...

Special Alert: September 2017 Visa Bulletin Released
August 9, 2017

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 ...

Proposed RAISE Act: To Reform the Employment Based Green Card Process
August 9, 2017

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 ...

EIG Dispatch
EIG Dispatch | August 8, 2017
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 ...

EIG Dispatch
EIG Dispatch | August 1, 2017
August 1, 2017

USCIS News: Mobile-Friendly Form to Replace Green Card / Biometric Policy Update for Naturalization Applicants DC Insights: John Kelly Named Chief of Staff / Funding for US-Mexico Border Wall Introduced in Spending Bill Headlines: New Requirements for India Visa Applicants from South Africa Feature Story: DOS, USCIS, and DOL Employment-Based Immigration Initiatives The ...

EIG Dispatch
EIG Dispatch | July 25, 2017
July 25, 2017

USCIS News: H-1B Cap Petitions Returned / Certain Cap-Exempt H-1B Premium Processing Resumes DC Insights: Travel Ban Relaxed / NAFTA Renegotiation and Employment Visas / Senator Grassley's Letter to DHS on O-1 Visas / Dream Act Introduced  Headlines: Laptop Ban Lifted / European Entry-Exit Proposal  Feature Story: Green Card FAQs Answered  The Latest ...

EIG Dispatch
EIG Dispatch | July 17-21
July 18, 2017

DC Insights: International Entrepreneur Rule / DHS Foreign Student Proposal / Administration Supporting Bills to Limit Immigration  Headlines: Revised Form I-9 / Global Entry Application Process / I-129 Receipt Notice Delays Feature Story: Summer and Fall Travel Reminders  DC Insights: What We Learned in the Past 7 Days Trump Administration Delays International Entrepreneur Rule. ...

EIG Dispatch
EIG Dispatch | July 10-14
July 11, 2017

DC Insights: DOS Verification Emails / Effects of Limited DOS Staffing/ Congress Recess Delayed / ICE Audit Targets / Increase in O-1 Visas / Visa Processing Executive Order  Headlines: Electronic Device Ban Lift Feature Story: USCIS Ombudsman Office Processing Times Report  DC Insights: What We Learned in the Past 7 Days DOS Confirms Emails to Employers ...

Special Alert: August 2017 Visa Bulletin Released
July 11, 2017

The U.S. Department of State released the August 2017 Visa Bulletin today. Next month's visa bulletin imposes a cut-off date for the EB-2 Worldwide, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the Philippines categories. This was hinted at during the AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) Liason’s monthly check-in with Mr. Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, ...

News Alert - Travel Ban Remains in Force Despite Challenge
July 10, 2017

News Alert: Travel Ban Remains in Force Despite Challenge Travel Ban Update: Still in Force, Hawaii's Attempt to Block Implementation Fails Update – Last week, the state of Hawaii attempted to block parts of President Trump’s revised Travel Ban from going into effect. This attempt was made ...

EIG Dispatch
EIG Dispatch | July 3-7
July 3, 2017

DC Insights: Travel Ban / Premium Processing Update / Revised Form I-485 / House Passes Immigration Bills / India Joins Global Entry Program  Feature Story: Travel Ban Now in Effect with Broad Exceptions for Dual Citizens, Visa Holders, and Others with Ties to the United States Headlines: Malaysian eVisa / Nigerian Work ...

US News
UPDATE: Department of State Releases Guideline for Travel Ban Implementation
June 29, 2017

*NOTE* This is a developing story. The below is based on information issued by the Department of State. Other agencies involved in immigration, specifically Customs and Border Protection, have not yet announced how they will be implementing the travel ban. We will provide updates as information ...

EIG Dispatch
EIG Dispatch | June 26-30
June 27, 2017

DC Insights: SCOTUS Acts on Travel Ban / SCOTUS Decision in Citizenship Case / Budget Proposal / Short-Term Increase in H-2B Visas for Temp Non-Ag Workers  Feature Story: Government Documents Shed Light on the H-1B Lottery Headlines: Brexit Update / Trump's Cuba Policy / California "Sanctuary" Efforts DC Insights SCOTUS Travel Ban Stayed for Some, In Force ...

US News
BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Travel Ban Case and Allows Limited Travel Ban to Take Effect
June 26, 2017

Today, June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the blocking of the Trump Administration’s travel ban by lower courts. The Justices will hear the case on its merits during the first session of the next term, which starts this October. The Supreme Court ...

EIG Dispatch
EIG Dispatch | June 19 - 23
June 19, 2017

DC Insights: USCIS Nominee / India PM Visiting Next Week / Travel Ban Case Still Pending / Gender-Based Citizenship Case / Legislative Tracker Feature Story: Recess is Coming - What we Expect from Congress in the Coming Months Headlines: Brexit / Eid Delays / Canada Global Talent / Brain Gain / DACA DC Insights: What We Learned ...

EIG Dispatch | June 12-16
June 12, 2017

Headlines: Brexit Post Election / Eid Delays / Canada Points for Siblings and Francophones / Posted Workers In Spain / AILA Moves Convention in Protest Feature Story: US Government Agencies Focused on Fraud DC Insights: H-1B Reform / SCOTUS Reviewing Travel Ban / India PM Expected to VISIT / DHS ...

Special Alert: July 2017 Visa Bulletin Released
June 9, 2017

The U.S. Department of State released the July 2017 Visa Bulletin today. As reported in last month's special alert on the visa bulletin, the China EB-3 Downgrade Phenomenon is in full effect, with EB-3 China retrogressing substantially by 2 years 9 months. Mr. Charles ("Charlie") Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa ...

EIG Dispatch | June 2, 2017
June 2, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS Trump Administration Appeals Travel Ban Case to the Supreme Court New US Visa Application Supplement Released New I-94 Expiration Alerts Ireland Eases Requirements for Unmarried Partners Russia - Address Registration Requirements Tightened for Confederations Cup Trump Administration Appeals Travel Ban Case to the Supreme Court On ...

EIG Dispatch | May 26, 2017
May 26, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS Federal Court of Appeals Maintains the Block on Revised Travel Ban Update - India: Foreign Nationals Exempted from Aadhaar Requirement Argentina Eases Business Travel for Citizens of 35 Countries Federal Court of Appeals Maintains the Block on Revised Travel Ban On Thursday, May 25, 2017, the ...

EIG Dispatch | May 19, 2017
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 ...

EIG Dispatch | May 12, 2017
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 ...