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Updates on DHS Policy for Immigrant Social Media Information and Health Insurance Rules

Published on: Nov 11, 2019, Last Edited: Nov 11, 2019 | Tags: USA Immigration, USA Visa

Introduction USA immigration policy is changing with regard to social media. The DHS (Department of Homeland Security) is planning to include a new question requesting social media user names on applications including naturalization and green card forms, similar to social-media related questions that already appear on U.S. ESTA and non-immigrant visa applications. The agency states…

Immigrants without private health insurance to be denied U.S. visas

Published on: Oct 14, 2019, Last Edited: Oct 14, 2019 | Tags: USA Immigration, USA Visa Requirements

Healthcare Requirements for U.S. Immigrants President Trump has signed a declaration that will require immigrants to prove they have sufficient financial resources to pay for any health requirements or provide themselves with private medical insurance within 30 days of entering the U.S. the new rules are set to come into force on November 3rd 2019 and will not apply to those already in…

ESTA for Travelers with Multiple Passports or Citizenships

Published on: Aug 16, 2019, Last Edited: Nov 04, 2019 | Tags: ESTA Requirements, USA Visa, Dual Citizen ESTA

Introduction Finding U.S. travel authorization requirements can be difficult for travelers holding a single passport. How about if you are a…

New Asylum Restrictions and EB-5 Visa Fee Increases

Published on: Aug 07, 2019, Last Edited: Aug 07, 2019 | Tags: USA Visa Restrictions, USA Visa Requirements, USA Visa Fees

President Trump announces that Guatemala will shortly sign agreement restricting applications for asylum in the United States In a move that immigrant rights lawyers claim is cruel and unlawful, Donald Trump announced last week that Guatemala will sign an agreement to restrict the numbers of applicants seeking asylum in the US. Migrants entering the country, including those from…

U.S. Visa Application Updates and Migrant Deal with Mexico

Published on: Jun 14, 2019, Last Edited: Jun 14, 2019 | Tags: USA Visa Requirements, USA Visa Application, USA Immigration

Applicants for US visas must now hand over their social media user names Under the most recent changes to immigration regulations put in place by President Trump’s administration, nearly everyone who applies for a US visa, including temporary visitors, will now need to submit their social media history to the State Department via the DS-160 visa application form, including…

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.…

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…

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…

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