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The Introduction of Merit-Based "Build America" Visas and Scrutiny Over U.S. Border Custody Practices

Published on: Jun 04, 2019, Last Edited: Jun 04, 2019 | Tags: USA Visa Requirements, USA Immigration, Border Security

Professionals look set to benefit as President Trump reveals plans to replace existing green cards with the merit-based “Build America” visa. In a shift away from a family-based green card policy, the plan is for a merit-based visa allocation system that will favour those with job offers, post-graduate degrees and high-level skills over applicants with relatives already on the country.…

Traveling to the United States with Minors

Published on: May 24, 2019, Last Edited: Mar 11, 2020 | Tags: ESTA for Minors, Family ESTA

Introduction Parents and legal guardians should be aware of restrictions when traveling to the United States with a minor or child. In U.S. immigration law, a child is considered an individual that is under 18 years of age. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requires documentation to be provided so that children entering the U.S. are doing so with the knowledge and / or consent of the…

US court blocks adverse visa policy

Published on: May 13, 2019, Last Edited: May 13, 2019 | Tags: USA Immigration, USA Visa

Introduction A preliminary injunction has been issued by a district court preventing USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) from implementing the ”adverse policy” dating from August 9th, 2018, according to which the “unlawful presence” of foreign students and their dependents is calculated retroactively.  This is a significant action by the…

USCIS policy impacts and updates on planned office closures as well as new visa travel restrictions

Published on: Apr 28, 2019, Last Edited: Apr 28, 2019 | Tags: USA Visa Updates, USA Visa Restrictions, USA Immigration

Trump administration plans to close international immigration offices USCIS has outlined projected target dates for the closure of all its international offices. Last month, USCIS Director Francis Cissna messaged all USCIS employees to say that plans were being drawn up for the duties of the international offices to be transferred to the State Department, with the aim of freeing…

What is an ESTA Application Number?

Published on: Apr 23, 2019, Last Edited: Mar 11, 2020 | Tags: ESTA Application Number, ESTA Submission

Introduction An ESTA application number is generated once an application is submitted to Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The application number is a unique identifier used by CBP to identify traveler profiles. The ESTA application number is an alphanumeric string of 16 characters. The sequence of characters is random and does not represent any attributes of an applicant. The application…

H1B Lottery Visa System Changes Go Live

Published on: Apr 08, 2019, Last Edited: Apr 08, 2019 | Tags: USA Visa Application, USA Visa Requirements

Will April 2019 see the start of the H1B lottery system? In January this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approved the so-called “merit-based” H1B lottery draw and this method of allocation looks set to go live on April 1, 2019. Applicants must still file paper applications H1B visas as the online registrations system for HB1 will not start being tested until next…

March 2019 US Visa Bulletin

Published on: Mar 18, 2019, Last Edited: Mar 18, 2019 | Tags: USA Visa Updates, USA Visa Application, USA Immigration

Introduction The US Department of State Visa Bulletin for March 2019 has just been released and reveals some significant changes in wait times for both the employment-based and family-based categories. If you’re waiting for a green card, we advise you to have all the documents required for your application ready to hand so that you can file it as soon as the visa bulletin shows that an…

Updates on Travel Ban, USCIS Forms and DHS Complaints

Published on: Mar 04, 2019, Last Edited: Mar 04, 2019 | Tags: USA Immigration, USA Visa Requirements, USA Visa

Introduction More than 37,000 US visa applications were rejected by the US State Department in 2018 due to President Trump's "travel ban," according to figures released earlier this week.  The State Department confirmed that the 2017 E.O. on immigration had been fully effective since December 2018. The third version of President Trump’s executive order,…

Several States File a Lawsuit Against National Emergency for Border Wall Funding

Published on: Feb 19, 2019, Last Edited: Feb 19, 2019 | Tags: Border Security, Green Card, USA Visa, USA Immigration

President Trump declares a national emergency to get his border wall built In trying to avoid another Federal government shutdown, President Donald Trump has invoked his emergency powers to bypass Congress. He will divert up to $3.6 billion from Pentagon military funding towards the construction of the border wall with Mexico, a move that he justifies by declaring that the US is…

Border Wall Funding, Migrant Protection Protocols and H-2A and H-2B Visa Updates

Published on: Jan 30, 2019, Last Edited: Jan 30, 2019 | Tags: USA Immigration, USA Visa Requirements, USA Visa

Trump Administration Policies affect on Immigration The first U.S. government shutdown of 2019 ended last week, however, President Donald Trump is considering declaring a state of national emergency if the Democrats fail to approve $5.7 billion for the completion a border wall with Mexico. The wall was a flagship of his election campaign but other less visible policies have already…

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