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What are the categories of U.S. visas and visa waivers?

Published on: Dec 17, 2019, Last Edited: Dec 30, 2019 | Tags: USA Visa Requirements, ESTA Requirements, ESTA Eligibility

Introduction Foreign nationals visiting the United States will need to either obtain a U.S. visa or a visa waiver. The visa application process usually involves…

H-1B Electronic Registration and Border Wall Construction Updates

Published on: Dec 12, 2019, Last Edited: Dec 12, 2019 | Tags: Border Security, USA Visa Application

H-1B Electronic Registration Process for 2021 announced by USCIS The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that a pilot testing phase for the H-1B electronic registration process has successfully been completed. Employers who wish to apply for H-1B cap-subject petitions for the following fiscal year must now register electronically. An associated registration…

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: Dec 03, 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…

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