JANUARY 2017 VISA BULLETIN DOS & USCIS

DEPARTMENT OF STATE JANUARY 2017 VISA BULLETIN FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED CATEGORIES EB-1 REMAINS CURRENT WORLDWIDE EB-2 WORLDWIDE REMAINS CURRENT EB-2 Slow ADVANCEMENT FOR INDIA AND CHINA EB-3 ONE MONTH ADVANCEMENT W...

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USCIS Establishes New Criteria for National Interest Waivers

In Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016), USCIS announced a new analytical framework for adjudicating National Interest Waivers (“NIW”), explicitly overturning the controlling framework laid out in Matter of New York State Dep’t of Transp., 22 I&N Dec. 215 (Acting Assoc. Comm’r 1998) (Matter of NYSDOT). Unde...

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USCIS ESTABLISHES NEW CRITERIA FOR NATIONAL INTEREST WAIVERS

In Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016), USCIS announced a new analytical framework for adjudicating National Interest Waivers (“NIW”), explicitly overturning the controlling framework laid out in Matter of New York State Dep’t of Transp., 22 I&N Dec. 215 (Acting Assoc. Comm...

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FEBRUARY 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its February 2017 Visa Bulletin. For the categories that are not current, there continues to be slow advancement for EB-2 and EB-3 categories. Notably, EB-2 India has had no advancement since the January 2017 Visa Bulletin. EB-1-Worldwide:  ...

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NEWS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ENTRY BAN

On Friday January 27th, 2017 President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that suspends the entry of foreign nationals from the following seven countries; Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to the United States for a period of 90 days, or through April 27, 2017. The o...

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UPDATE:  NEWS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ENTRY BAN

President Donald J. Trump has signed an executive order that suspends the entry of foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to the United States for a period of 90 days, or through April 27, 2017. The order also reportedly suspends a worldwide program that exempted cer...

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UPDATE: Important Events Following the Executive Order

On January 30, 2017, following President Donald Trump’s signing of the Executive Order entitled, the Attorney General of Washington State in federal court against the President, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and high-ranking Trump Administration officials on the grounds that key provisions of the Executive Order are u...

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MARCH 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its March 2017 Visa Bulletin.  For the categories that are not current, there continues to be slow advancement for EB-2 and EB-3 categories.  Notably, EB-2 India has made an advancement of 1 month and 17 days after a period of no advancement since the January 2017 Visa Bulletin. Also, EB-3 I...

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Immigration News: Trump’s Immigration Ban Halted

Many foreign nationals breathed a temporary sigh of relief when the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declined to lift the temporary restraining order placed on President Trump’s entry ban on February 9, 2017. However, the relief is temporary. A federal district court continues to challenge the ruling, which means future rulin...

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H-1B Fiscal Year 2018 Cap: What You Need to Know

The number of petitions that may be filed for this year’s H-1B 2018 Cap season is anticipated to surpass last year’s 236,000 applications. With the large pool of applicants, it is important to know how to keep yourself ahead of the game—or at least give yourself a fighting chance at the 85,000 H-1B quota. Today, we will discuss...

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