U.S. State Department Reducing H and L Visa Interview Locations in China
Beginning on March 1, 2019, the : the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, and the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai. As such, H and L visa interviews will no longer be conducted at the U.S. Consulates located in Chengdu or Shenyang.
The reduction of the number of locations where H and L visa interviews are conducted...
Reminder: FY 2020 H-1B Cap Begins on April 1, 2019
The H-1B cap season for fiscal year 2020 will begin on Monday, April 1, 2019. As expected in previous years, the H-1B cap demand is anticipated to be high this cap season as well.
How can H-1B employers prepare for this H-1B cap season?
H-1B employers should reach out to their business immigration law firm, suc...
USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or Before December 21, 2018
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that it will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018.
Back on September 11, 2018, that it was extending a previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B cap petitions and expanding the suspension...
Visa Applicants Are Now Required to Disclose Social Media Accounts, Prior Contact Information
The Department of State is now requiring visa applicants to disclose five years of social media and contact history. These new questions related to social media use, prior email addresses, and prior phone numbers have been added to the Forms DS-160 and DS-260, the online nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications.
The questions ...
Changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Finalized
On July 24, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a that made significant changes to the . The final rule will become effective on November 21, 2019.
As the first significant revision of the program since 1993, the final rule makes the following changes:
Raising the mi...
Department of State Clarifies Standard of Review for Blanket L Visa Application
The Department of State recently updated its guidelines regarding the review of Blanket L visa applications, stating that applicants must demonstrate their eligibility by "clear and convincing evidence." Further, consular officers are directed by the new guidelines to deny Blanket L applications if any questions about an applicant's ...
Federal Judge Blocks the Trump Administration’s Health Insurance Rule
On November 2, 2019, a federal judge in Portland, Oregon granted a preliminary injunction that prevented a rule established by the Trump administration . Seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration's rule on October 30, 2019.
The lawsuit contended that the new rule woul...