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Visa Bulletin for July 2019

DOS posted the >>> Visa Bulletin for July 2019 <<< In addition to the final action dates and dates for filing applications, the bulletin includes notes on the diversity immigrant (DV) category, Mexico family– and employment-based preference visa availability, EB-5 preference visa availability, and more.   Source: AILA Doc. No. 19061330.

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The House of Representatives Votes to Give ‘Dreamers’ a Path to Citizenship

The House of Representatives passed the Dream and Promise Act, which would significantly expand protections for DACA recipients and other immigrants looking for legal status, including citizenship. The bill would provide protection from deportation and a path to citizenship to over 2 million Dreamers and TPS and DED recipients. Its passage is a landmark win: […]

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Certain New Zealand Nationals Are Now Eligible for E-1 and E-2

Certain New Zealand nationals can now request a change of status to the E-1 nonimmigrant trader classification and the E-2 nonimmigrant investor classification under Public Law 115-226. Beginning June 10, eligible New Zealand nationals already in the United States in a lawful nonimmigrant status can file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, to request […]

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USCIS to Close All International Offices By 2020

  USCIS will close its international offices, starting with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and Manila in the Philippines. All offices, including the main district offices for the separate regions, are scheduled to close by March 10, 2020. Source: AILA Doc. No. 19053131.

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DOL Posts Alert on Acceptance of H-2A and Prevailing Wage Applications Starting June 2019

May 28, 2019. Acceptance of H-2A and Prevailing Wage Applications Starting June 2019. The H-2A Application for Temporary Employment Certification, Form ETA-9142A and Appendix A, and the Application for Prevailing Wage Determination, Form ETA-9141, are set to expire on May 31, 2019. The Department is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) […]

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DHS Final Rule Adjusting Student and Exchange Visitor Program Fees

SUMMARY: This rule adjusts the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) school certification petition fees and the application fees for nonimmigrants seeking to become academic (F visa) or vocational (M visa) students, or exchange visitors (J visa). The rule sets the following fees: $3,000 for a school certification petition; $655 for each school site visit; […]

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USCIS Announces Certain Nonimmigrants Can Now File Form I-539 Online

  You may file Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, online if you are applying as a single applicant (without co-applicants, or legal or accredited representation) to extend your stay and you hold status as a: B-1 temporary visitor for business; B-2 temporary visitor for pleasure; F-1 academic student with a specific status expiration […]

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USCIS Completes Data Entry of FY2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

USCIS completed data entry for al FY2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the lottery and will begin returning all unselected H-1B cap-subject petitions. Additionally, USCIS may transfer some Form I-129 H-1B cap-subject petitions between the Vermont Service Center and the California Service Center to balance the workload and enhance efficiencies.   Source: AILA Doc. No. […]

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President Donald Trump Introduced a New ‘Build America Visa’ Immigration Plan

President Donald Trump unveiled a new immigration plan called ‘Build America Visa’. Under the new plan, the number of people who can receive visas through family ties or by seeking asylum would be limited. Instead, preference would be given to a merit-based system that is based on age, valuable skills, an offer of employment, education, […]

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Visa Bulletin for June 2019

DOS posted the >>> Visa Bulletin for June 2019<<<. In addition to the final action dates and dates for filing applications, the bulletin also includes notes about India EB-1 preference visa availability, EB-5 preference visa availability, and more. Source: AILA Doc. No. 19051434.

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