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UNITED STATES: Supreme Court Reinstates Travel Ban

December 7, 2017

On 5th December 2017, the US Supreme Court has allowed the Trump administration’s latest travel ban to take full effect while the case is pending litigation on the merits to determine whether all or part of the ban is unconstitutional and should be permanently enjoined. The State Department has announced that the travel ban will […]

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UNITED STATES: Limited Resumption of Visa Processing in Russia

December 5, 2017

The United States Department of State has announced that, effective 11th December 2017, the U.S. consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok will begin to offer limited interviews for non-immigrant visas. The US embassy in Moscow also continues to offer limited interviews for immigrant, diversity and non-immigrant visas. However, the US missions will continue to operate with […]

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TURKEY / UNITED STATES: Update on Entry to Turkey for US Nationals

November 22, 2017

On 21st November 2017, the United States Department of State issued an update on the situation for US nationals entering Turkey. The main points are as follows: US citizens (with no other nationality) will be issued sticker visas upon entry into Turkey only if they can show legal residency (residence permits) in another country other than the […]

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TURKEY / UNITED STATES: Limited Resumption of Visa Processing

November 8, 2017

On 6th November 2017, the United States mission to Turkey announced that it is resuming limited visa services in Turkey, based on assurances from the government of Turkey about the security of local US diplomatic staff. A reduced number of visa appointments is available at the US Embassy in Ankara or the Consulate General in […]

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Tightens Policy on Adjudication of Non-immigrant Visa Applications

November 6, 2017

On 23rd October 2017, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) cancelled policy guidelines, in effect since April 2004, regarding requests for the extension of certain non-immigrant visas (i.e. visa petitions filed using Form I-129). Previously, an adjudicator’s determination that a non-US citizen met the eligibility requirements for granting a non-immigrant visa was given deference in […]

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TURKEY AND UNITED STATES: Reciprocal Suspension of Visa Services

October 10, 2017

On 8th October 2017, the United States announced the immediate suspension of all non-immigrant visa services at all US diplomatic facilities in Turkey. Hours later, Turkey retaliated by suspending all visa services for US citizens at its diplomatic and consular missions in the United States, and at Turkey’s borders, and blocked US nationals from using […]

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UNITED STATES: Premium Processing Resumes for all H-1B Petitions

October 6, 2017

On 3rd October 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had resumed Premium Processing for all types of H-1B Petitions. Background USCIS suspended Premium Processing for all H-1B petitions starting 3rd April 2017, to reduce overall H-1B processing times. Previously, USCIS resumed Premium Processing for H-1B petitions filed on behalf of physicians […]

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UNITED STATES: US Department of State Announces New Travel Restrictions

September 27, 2017

On 24th September 2017, just as the previous travel ban was due to expire, the US President issued a Proclamation indefinitely imposing various new restrictions on immigrant and non-immigrant entry for certain nationals of five of the countries affected by the previous travel ban (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen) and three additional non-Muslim majority […]

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UNITED STATES: Premium Processing Resumes for FY 2018 H-1B Cap Cases

September 22, 2017

On 18th September 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had resumed Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 H-1B cap of 65,000 visas. USCIS has also resumed Premium Processing for the annual 20,000 additional H-1B petitions that are intended for individuals with a US master’s degree or […]

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UNITED STATES: Trump Administration Dismantles DACA

September 6, 2017

On 5th September 2017, the US Attorney General announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by Executive Action in June 2012 will be terminated in six months. Background DACA currently provides protection from deportation and employment authorization for approximately 800,000 individuals brought to the United States as children who otherwise lack […]

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