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  • The ‘Buy American and Hire American’ Executive Order Two Years Later

    On April 18, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order titled “Buy American and Hire American.” The President insisted that the Executive Order would favor American workers more so than the policies already in place. He also intended, among other things, for the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order to address his concerns […]

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  • Israel Signs an Investor Treaty with the United States

    The E-2 visa category offers foreign entrepreneurs who wish to invest in an American business the opportunity to come to the United States. The E-2 visa carries with it many distinct advantages. Unlike other visa categories, the E-2 visa allows the applicant to be self-employed, which makes it a better option for entrepreneurs than other […]

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  • USCIS & CBP Extend Pilot Program for Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants

    the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) California Service Center (CSC) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Blaine, Washington, port of entry (POE) announced a new pilot program for Canadian citizens seeking L-1 nonimmigrant status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The program was designed to evaluate how long USCIS needs to adjudicate these petitions and...

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  • Visa Denial for “Public Charge”

    Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), a foreign national can be found inadmissible to the United States for both a nonimmigrant and immigrant visa for a number of reasons, one reason being that you are likely to become a public charge. If a consular officer believes an applicant is likely to become “primarily dependent […]

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  • DUIs and Visa Applications

    A drunk driving record can have serious implications for individuals as they apply for a U.S. visa. The Department of State has determined that alcohol abuse constitutes a mental disorder, and harmful behavior associated with that mental disorder (drunk driving) can bar an applicant from entering the country. How Does This Work? When filling out […]

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  • New U.S. Embassy in London

    The United States is currently building a new Embassy in the Nine Elms area of London. Back in 2008, U.S. officials began playing with the idea of renovating the current U.S. Embassy building on Grosvenor Square to accommodate the various needs and threats of the 21st century. As it stood, the Embassy was outdated. It […]

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  • Travel Update: Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance Suspended at U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia

    The Russian Government recently imposed a personnel cap on the U.S. mission in Russia. As a result, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates now lack the personnel to handle the normal influx of nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applicants, and NIV issuance has been temporarily suspended beginning Aug. 23, 2017. Operations are set to resume on Sept. 1 […]

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  • USCIS Publishes Final Rule Improving Certain Employment-based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

    USCIS has published a final rule modernizing and improving several aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. USCIS has also amended regulations to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions and are waiting to become lawful permanent residents. This rule […]

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  • Despite Recent Upgrades, Visa Processing Delays Continue

    The wait for the U.S. State Department to address visa processing delays continues until core problems causing disruptions are resolved. According to a recent report, the U.S. Government Accountability Office cites increased demand for nonimmigrant visas and issues with IT systems as the two “key challenges” hindering the agency’s efforts to quicken the pace of […]

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  • CBP Will Now Adjudicate Dependent Classifications for Same Sex Couples

    In June of 2013, the Supreme Court decided in United States v. Windsor that restricting U.S. federal interpretation of “marriage” and “spouse” to apply only to heterosexual couples under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Since the repeal of DOMA, U.S. citizens and green card holders are able to petition for their same-sex […]

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