All Canadian K-1 Visa Applicants to be Interviewed in Montreal

Beginning on April 1, 2016, all interviews for K-1 fiancé applicants in Canada will be conducted at a single location: the U.S. consular post in Montreal.  That U.S. consular post currently processes immigrant visa applicants for all of Canada.  The change, according to the U.S. Department of State, is for more efficient scheduling and decision …

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H-1Bs by the Numbers: DOL Reports on Q1 FY2016 Usage

The Employment and Training Administration of the Department of Labor (“DOL”) has released information breaking down H-1B usage for the first quarter of FY2016, based on Labor Condition Application filings, or LCAs.  Every H-1B petition must be accompanied by an LCA which has been certified by DOL.  DOL compiled the data by the total LCA …

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Visa Bulletin Trends Regarding EB Visas for India and China

In January, 2016, the Department of State’s Chief of Visa Control and Reporting Charles Oppenheim responded to questions regarding trends and projections for employment based visa number availability for EB-2s and EB-3s for India and China. In brief, here is what he said: India:    EB-2s from India have advanced significantly in the last few months …

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GAO Director Testifies Before the Senate on Status of DHS Biometric Exit System

On January 20, 2016, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) Director testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest.  The testimony addressed the challenges which the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) faces in planning for a biometric exit system to track visitors who overstay time permitted to them in the United States.  …

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DHS Seeks Additional Time to Issue New F-1 STEM Regulations

On December 22, 2015, Department of Homeland Security filed a motion in federal court in Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. United States Department of Homeland Security  to extend time that its current F-1 STEM regulations remain in effect beyond their current court ordered expiration date of February 12,  2016.   In response to the court …

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House Passes Short Term Continuing Resolution: Agreement on Omnibus Bill Close

On December 11, 2015, the House passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through December 16, 2015 averting a government shutdown and providing time to reach an agreement on the massive Omnibus bill before Congress recesses for the Christmas holiday.  Among the provisions to be considered in the Omnibus bill are statutory changes to …

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Administration Tightens Security for Visa Waiver Applicants

On December 1, 2015, the White House announced security enhancements to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program.  The program allows citizens of 38 countries temporary admission for business or pleasure for up to 90 days without first obtaining a U.S. visitors visa.   Approximately 20 million visitors use the program annually. All VWP applicants must register in …

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