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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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Six More Countries Were Added to Travel Ban

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday marked roughly three years since his controversial travel ban by announcing the addition of six African and Asian countries to the list of those whose nationals face restrictions on travel to the United States. The Homeland Security and State departments announced that the administration was adding Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and […]

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DOS Final Rule Amending B Visa Regulations

DOS final rule amending the B visa regulations to establish a rebuttable presumption that a B nonimmigrant visa applicant who a consular officer has reason to believe will give birth during her stay in the United States is traveling for the primary purpose of obtaining U.S. citizenship for the child. The rule requires consular officers […]

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Visa Bulletin For February 2020 and USCIS Adjustment of Status Filing Dates

The Department of State posted >>Visa Bulletin For February 2020<< This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during February for: “Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center. For Family-Sponsored Filings: In the F2A category, there […]

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USCIS Announces End of E-1 and E-2 Visa Eligibility for Iranian Nationals

USCIS announced that due to the termination of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights with Iran, Iranian nationals are no longer eligible for E-1 and E-2 visa changes or extensions of status. USCIS will send NOIDs to applicants who filed applications after October 3, 2018. The E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrant visa […]

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Microsoft, Twitter, others speak out against Trump’s controversial immigration rule

  The expanded regulation would reportedly make it more difficult for low-income migrants to secure permanent residency or temporary visas. More than 100 US companies, including a handful of tech heavyweights, are urging a federal court to reject the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule, which would reportedly make it easier for the government to reject green […]

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California Expands Healthcare For Young Adults Regardless Of Immigration Status

On January 1, California became the first state in the country to extend Medicaid benefits to all low-income adults, regardless of their immigration status. Over 100,000 additional Californians are eligible for health coverage under the new law, the latest piece of legislation in the state’s ongoing push for universal health coverage.   Source: KALW

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Public Charge Changes at USCIS, DOJ, and DOS

DHS Final Rule: On October 11, 2019, several courts enjoined and restrained DHS and USCIS from “enforcing, applying, or treating as effective” the DHS Public Charge Final Rule. In addition, courts specifically enjoined the government from implementing the use of any new or updated forms whose submission would be required under the Final Rule, including […]

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