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DHS has established and has now implemented the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) for certain Chinese nationals. For now, the EVUS program only applies to unrestricted, maximum validity B visas, often issued for 10 years, contained in a passport issued by the People’s Republic of China. The program collects biographical information from nonimmigrants of certain […]

The Department of Sate (DOS) issued a final rule, effective 12/7/2016, that amends the definition of ‘‘immediate family” for purposes of G, A, C-3, and NATO visa classifications. The rule narrows the definition of immediate relative with respect to sons and daughters: generally only unmarried sons and daughters residing with the principal who are under […]

It is possible to obtain a green card through the sponsorship of a company owned or managed by a close relative. However, it is well known that these cases frequently get audited by the Department of Labor, and some are denied if the family relationship could obstruct an honest recruiting effort. The Board of Alien […]

The immigration bar has received several reports about foreign nationals who have been exposed to unprofessional, intimidating, and demeaning conduct by CBP officers during the inspection and admissions process. If you have been subject to disparaging, intimidating, or unprofessional remarks during the inspection process by a CBP officer, you can either report this to your […]

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made final a long-awaited rule on issues that impact mostly H-1B professional workers and employment-based visa applicants and their dependents. The rule is intended to clarify and codify issues related to the retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 immigrant workers and make improvements affecting high-skilled nonimmigrant workers. Its focus […]

The detention of massive numbers of immigrants is gaining an increasing amount of attention as immigrant advocacy groups continue to push for change, often filing lawsuits to challenge government practices. Some recent cases involve bond procedures and ICE detainers. ICE detainers recently came under fire in a class action lawsuit filed in federal district court […]

With the inauguration of President-elect Trump less than four weeks away, attention is centering on how the president-elect and his team will handle his immigration campaign promises, especially because immigration served as one of the campaign’s key cornerstones. But, not everything a presidential candidate says during an election campaign predicts how the candidate will act […]

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Immigration filing fees increased – by a weighted average of 21 percent for most immigration applications and petitions – on December 23, 2016. Make sure your case is filed with the correct fee. For a full list of fees, see this list on the USCIS website. (For information on […]


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