International Entrepreneur Rule Officially on Path to Closure

While the writing was on the wall that the new administration would rescind the International Entrepreneur Rule, I was still holding hope that the so called business-men in this administration would see the economic merits of such a rule. It is afterall the closest we have ever come to a ‘startup visa’ in this country. […]

USCIS Guidance on DACA Renewal Requests Affected by Mail Service Issues

Copied from USCIS: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received reports that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has identified USPS mail service delays that affected a number of DACA renewal requests. Because the DACA policy has been rescinded and individuals can no longer request deferred action under DACA, and in light of the mail service[…]

December 2017 Visa Bulletin

The December 2017 visa bulletin was recently released. Most notably, the EB5 Regional Center immigrant investor pilot program has only been extended until December 8, 2017. If no legislative action is taken by then, these visas will become unavailable on December 9, 2017.   December 2017 For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A[…]

Breaking: New Executive Order Allows Refugee Admission with Extreme Vetting

A new executive order was signed today allowing refugees to resume admission into the US.  There will be additional screening involved.  See below copy text of the EO.   The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release October 24, 2017 Presidential Executive Order on Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program with[…]

In the name of ‘Buy American, Hire American”- simple visa extensions will no longer be simple

Today, in unexpected news (much like other news this administration releases without notice), USCIS released an announcement and a policy memo that previously approved non-immigrant visa applications will no longer receive ‘deference’ and will receive extra scrutiny- see below copy of notice. The new policy will supersede well established old policy that an approved application[…]