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UNITED STATES: New Deportation Policy Implemented But Not for Employment Petitions

October 1, 2018

Effective 1 October 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun implementing its 28 June 2018 policy memorandum, prioritising the removal of foreign nationals from the United States on the basis of public safety, in compliance with Executive Order 13768.

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Extends Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

September 3, 2018

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is extending and expanding the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions.

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UNITED STATES: New Policy Threatens Deportation If Visa Extension is Denied

August 2, 2018

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new policy expanding the issuance of Notices to Appear (NTA) and the beginning of formal deportation of those denied visa extensions, changes of status, or whose visa expires during application, including those on H-1B visas and F-1 visas.

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ISRAEL & UNITED STATES: Reciprocal Investor Visa Agreement Approved by Knesset

June 21, 2018

The Israeli legislature, the Knesset, has approved the implementation of a reciprocal agreement with the USA whereby US nationals investing in Israel may obtain a B-5 employment visa and Israeli nationals investing in the USA will be eligible for an E-2 Treaty Investor visa authorising employment.

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2019

April 13, 2018

On 6th April 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received sufficient quota-subject H-1B filings for government fiscal year 2019 (1st October 2018 to 30th September 2019) to meet both the general H-1B quota (65,000) for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and the additional quota (20,000) for […]

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

March 23, 2018

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, in order to reduce overall H-1B processing times, they will temporarily suspend premium processing for all Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions starting 2nd April 2018. What is Premium Processing? The premium processing service permits employers to request USCIS to adjudicate H-1B petitions within 15 calendar days by […]

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UNITED STATES: End of Golden Arrow Program for Expedited E Visas at US Embassy in Paris

March 21, 2018

Effective 12th March 2018, the United States embassy in Paris, France, has closed its “Golden Arrow” program for expedited E visas for critical employees of registered large multinational corporations. Delays should be anticipated as a result. Henceforth, all E-1 (Treaty Trader) and E-2 (Treaty Investor) visa applications in Paris must be submitted electronically for review […]

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Updates Policy on Third-Party Worksites

March 8, 2018

Effective 22nd February 2018, the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued a memorandum with new guidance on H-1B petitions for employees working at third-party worksites. What has changed? The guidance requires petitioners to demonstrate that, where a third-party worksite is involved, for the duration of the requested validity period: The beneficiary will be […]

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UNITED STATES: Temporary Suspension of Gold Premium Service for UK Visa Applications

March 5, 2018

VFS Global has announced via its website that its Premium Application Centres in the United States have temporarily suspended the Gold Premium Service until Tuesday 6th March 2018 due to unforeseen circumstances. The Gold Premium Service offers next business day processing of a UK visa application. VFS Global, the official partner for UK visa applicants […]

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UNITED STATES: Plan Now for FY 2019 Cap-Subject H-1B Filings

February 20, 2018

On 2nd April 2018, the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will start to accept H-1B petitions from cap-subject employers for skilled foreign workers. Why is this Important? USCIS may only approve 65,000 new H-1B petitions per fiscal year (the “cap”) with an additional 20,000 available each fiscal year for individuals with advanced degrees from […]

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