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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…

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…

U.S. Immigration updates for early 2019 relating to border security, green cards and citizenship.

Published on: Jan 12, 2019, Last Edited: Jan 12, 2019 | Tags: USA Immigration, USA Visa, USA Visa Requirements

President Trump addresses his administrations immigration goals in his first Oval Office address to the nation Donald Trump described the situation at the Mexican border as a national crisis. He argued that the current immigration system allows organised criminals and gangs to prey on the vulnerable, especially women and children; Trump also continued to make his argument for the…

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