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Trump administration to impose new rules targeting H-1B visas

The Trump administration will issue two rules Tuesday that will overhaul the H-1B specialty occupation visa program, including by raising the minimum salary levels for foreign employees and narrowing the program’s eligibility criteria. The updated regulations redefine “specialty occupations,” limit the validity of an H-1B visa to one year for a worker placed at a third-party […]

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BREAKING: Trump Admin. Drops Pandemic Student Visa Policy

The Trump administration has agreed to rescind a directive that would have barred foreign students from the United States if their colleges canceled in-person instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, following lawsuits by a number of universities and states, a Massachusetts federal judge said in a Tuesday hearing. During the hearing Tuesday in a case filed […]

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Trump extends limits on some work visas through 2020

The Trump administration is introducing a series of new restrictions on visas that allow immigrants to temporarily work in the United States. In April, Trump signed an immigration proclamation targeting people outside of the US seeking to legally migrate to the US, with some exceptions. That order, which was set to lapse, will be extended until the […]

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Supreme Court blocks Trump from ending DACA

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program that protects nearly 800,000 immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation and allows them to remain in the U.S.

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Certain Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in phases over the next month. Effective June 1, 2020, USCIS will accept Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for all eligible Form I-140 petitions. Effective June 8, USCIS will accept premium processing requests for: H-1B petitions filed before June 8 that are pending […]

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Presidential Proclamation Suspends Some Immigrant Entry for 60 Days

The issue: President Trump signed a presidential proclamation to temporarily suspend the entry of certain employment-based, family-based and other immigrants for 60 days, with a number of exceptions. The President characterized the measure as a means to protect U.S. workers and conserve medical resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The suspension takes effect at 11:59pm EDT […]

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List of the Key U.S. Immigration Actions on COVID-19

  3/13/20, Public charge rule limited—USCIS notice USCIS announces it “will neither consider testing, treatment, nor preventative care (including vaccines, if a vaccine becomes available) related to COVID-19 as part of a public charge inadmissibility determination… even if such treatment is provided or paid for by one or more public benefits.” 3/15/20, Sick removals suspended—ICE statement ICE […]

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Visa Bulletin for March 2020

DOS posted the >>March 2020 visa bulletin<< A.  FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES B.  DATES FOR FILING FAMILY-SPONSORED VISA APPLICATIONS A.  FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES B.  DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA APPLICATIONS   Source: Trave.State.Gov

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Online System for High-Skilled Visa Lottery Gets First Big Test

A new online system for the H-1B high-skilled visa lottery will get its first test Feb. 24, the day companies hoping to employ these workers can create accounts for registration. The day marks the first of several changes to the H-1B lottery process that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services hopes will make it easier […]

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International Students Could Face New Restrictions in US

WASHINGTON – A new restriction from the Trump administration expected to be published this month will require students to seek new approval at each stage of their academic life in the United States. The guidance, first reported by Forbes, would limit international students’ stay in the U.S. What is the new rule and who will it […]

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