Possible Security Enhancements for VWP travelers after Paris attacks

On Monday, December 7th, the White House announced plans to implement new security measures for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), following the terrorist attacks in Paris last last month. Currently, 38 countries are members of the VWP, which allows nationals from these countries to enter the U.S. as tourists or business visit...

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Security Enhancement Update: House of Representatives Passes Bill to Tighten Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

Previously we wrote that the White House planned to implement new security enhancements for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Recently there have been updates regarding what these security enhancements would entail. With a 407-19 vote, the House passed legislation intended to strengthen the visa waiver program in the aftermath of attac...

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HAPPY NEW YEAR – IMMIGRATION PREDICTIONS FOR 2016

IMMIGRATION PREDICTIONS FOR 2016 There will undoubtedly be an H-1b Lottery in April 2016, for fiscal year 2017. Although President Obama recently signed a bill to increase fees by 50% for companies with at least 50 employees consisting of 50% or more working under L-1 or H1B status, this is not pred...

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Obama’s Immigration Act Reform Bill DAPA to the Supreme Court

In November 2014, the Executive Order that will protect more than 4 million illegal immigrations from deportation was announced. Should this order be carried out, illegal immigrants, specifically parents of U.S. citizens or perma...

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Revision of the Visa Waiver Program

Although it is probably already well known to everyone, the U.S. government has revised the visa waiver program with changes effective on January 26, 2016.  These revision and enforcement of the changes to the Visa Waiver Program were made to under the Visa...

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New U.S. Rule Extends Stay for Some Foreign Graduates

The U.S. government will publish the rule on Friday(March 11, 2016), enabling international students earning degrees in STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in the U.S. be eligible to stay for up to three years of on-the-job training. This will replace the 2008 rule for ...

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DHS Pilots Know Employer Program

In January 2015, as part of the White House’s 2015 , the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is testing a new , which ultimately aims to streamline the adjudication of some employment-based benefit requests.  Similar to the L-1 Blanket program, under the Known Employer Pilot...

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US Supreme Court Upholds Bar to Implementing DAPA and expanded DACA.

U.S. v. TEXAS: THE SUPREME COURT RULES THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA’S TWO MAJOR IMMIGRATION INITATIVES SHOULD NOT BE IMPLEMENTED. The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld the ban on implementing President Obama’s two major immigration initiatives. The case, U.S. v. Texas, cha...

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Visa Revocations Policy

According to the new FAM provision (9 FAM 403.11-3) updated by the U.S. Department of State, consular officers shall prudentially revoke nonimmigrant visas for DUI arrests, as driving under the influence is indicative of a possible physical or mental disorder with harmful behavior (possibly ineligibility under INA 212(a)(1)(A)(iii). ...

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USCIS Proposes New Program for International Entrepreneurs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing a new rule, which would allow certain international entrepreneurs temporary stay in the U.S. so that they may start or scale their businesses here. Under this proposed rule, DHS may parole, on a case-by-case basis, eligible entrepreneurs of startup enterprises if s/he me...

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