Legislation and Policy

Premium Processing Now Available for Certain H-1B Cap-Exempt Petitions

Premium Processing Now Available for Certain H-1B Cap-Exempt Petitions U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Additionally, there is an annual “master’s cap” of 20,000 petitions filed for beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degre...
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USCIS Reminds Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone of May 21 Termination

USCIS Reminds Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone of May 21 Termination USCIS is reminding the public that the designations of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone terminate effective May 21, 2017. To provide sufficient time for an orderly transition, the Department of Homeland Security gave beneficiaries under the...
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New Event: Trump Travel Ban – Know Your Rights Conference Call

Trump Travel Ban - Know Your Rights Call-in - Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 12:30 p.m. CT. Are you wondering how the new immigration travel ban and other immigration restrictions affect your travel plans, your immigration case, or your business operations?Get your questions answered about the March 6 Executive Order and the current immigration landscape. Know your rights when dealing with immigration...
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DOS Alert: Executive Order does not restrict the travel of dual nationals from any country with a valid U.S. visa in a passport of an unrestricted country.

DOS Alert: Executive Order does not restrict the travel of dual nationals from any country with a valid U.S. visa in a passport of an unrestricted country. The Department of State, which is the agency responsible for processing visa applications outside the U.S., posted this alert yesterday: "The U.S. government’s national security screening and vetting procedures for visitors are constantly r...
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The Rumors Are False. There is No Expansion of Travel Ban to Other Countries.

The Rumors Are False. There is No Expansion of Travel Ban to Other Countries. "Fake news" has been circulating that the travel ban and visa revocations have been or will be expanded to other countries.  In response to these rumors, the Department of State (DOS) recently told the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that  there are NO current plans to add other countries to travel ban o...
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Trump Travel Ban Update for Immigrants and Their Employers – January 31, 2017

The recent Executive Order (E.O.) banning visas and travel to the U.S. for citizens of seven countries has caused turmoil and distress for immigrants, their families, and their employers or businesses.   The E.O. also imposes other restrictions that could affect immigrants from other countries as well.  We are constantly monitoring the situation and expect changes to the implementation of the orde...
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President Trump’s First Executive Orders on Immigration

President Trump’s First Executive Orders on Immigration American Immigration Council explains the two Executive Orders related to immigration signed by the President today: “Our American values and laws dictate that everyone receive a just and fair process, whether they have been in in this country for decades or are arriving at our border today in search of safety and protection. Today, Preside...
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New & Improved USCIS Rules Will Let More Employers Bypass the H-1B Visa Cap. Is Your Job Eligible?

New & Improved USCIS Rules Will Let More Employers Bypass the H-1B Visa Cap.  Is Your Job Eligible? Starting January 17, 2017, more employers can apply for new H-1B employees regardless of the H-1B annual quota now that the USCIS has clarified and modified the H-1B cap exemption rules. Cap exemption has been around for many years but it has been a murky mess for many employers whose petitions...
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Government dismantles the NSEERS, a post 9/11 registry program that mostly targeted Muslim males

Government dismantles the NSEERS, a post 9/11 registry program that mostly targeted Muslim males Statement from the American Immigration Council on the End of NSEERS December 22, 2016 Washington D.C. - Today, the Department of Homeland Security officially ended a Bush-era registry created after 9/11 to track noncitizen men from predominantly Muslim countries. The registry, known as the Nation...
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EB-5, Conrad 30, and Special Immigrant Religious Worker immigration programs temporarily extended

EB-5, Conrad 30, and Special Immigrant Religious Worker immigration programs temporarily extended Congress has temporarily extended the EB-5, Conrad 30, and Special Immigrant Religious Worker programs until April 28, 2017.  As explained in an American Immigration Council article, these three programs are: The EB-5 program: The immigrant investor program, known as EB-5, was created in 1990 to...
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