During a time when the H-1b visa is under seemingly constant attack, at least one Senator thinks we need an expansion of the program, along with greater US worker protections. Get an update on Senator Hatch’s plan from CIO.com
During this season where it seems like bad news is the order of the day, the Department of State (DOS) released the March Visa Bulletin and also made some very positive predictions for movement in the coming months. For example, the DOS predicted that we could see a movement of 1 month per month for the India EB2 category, up to the 3 months for the all other EB3 category, and up to 6 months each month for the EB3 Philippines category. They also indicated that EB2 would remain current for all other countries.
Lots of updates recently, but, here is the latest announcement from AILA National on the expansion of additional countries to the list “Contrary to rumors apparently circulating, AILA National has no confirmation of additional countries being added to the travel ban. The executive order anticipates that additional countries could be added. Clearly, it is impossible to guess where, when, or how the president will use this authority” We will continue to keep you updated as developments occur. AILA has created a AILA public page to post breaking news on the travel ban.
Another update, late this afternoon, the DOS released an DOS emergency travel alert providing assurances that persons with dual nationalities wherein one nationality was subject to the ban but, another nationality was not; would not be considered subject to the ban.
Yesterday, the White House announced that the Travel Ban in effect since Sat. for nationals from 7 designated countries would not be applicable to U.S. permanent residents. This is welcome news after the uncertainty caused by the EO and its implementation. Further bad news for nationals from the 7 designated countries, the USCIS has confirmed that it has stopped the processing of all petitions and applications submitted with the exception of N-400 (naturalization application). Processing will resume only after the ban has been lifted. Yesterday’s report of an expansion of the banned country list to include additional countries remains unconfirmed but, not denied.
It has been widely reported this morning that there is a new list being circulated from the White House that will add 9 more countries to the travel ban list. These include: Egypt, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Colombia, Venezuela, southern Philippines, Sahara (Mali), Sulu/Sulawesi Seas Littoral. Nothing has bene confirmed but, the information has come from a very credible source, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Until more information is known, we advise anyone from one of these countries NOT to travel outside of the U.S. If you are outside of the U.S. and have a visa appointment, we advise you to keep that appointment and upon visa issuance, travel into the U.S. as quickly as possible. We will continue to keep you updated as developments occur.
Updated via post on 2-2-2017 12:17 pm
H-1b cap lottery filings are less than three (3) months away ! HLG will be hosting a conference call on Thurs. Feb 2nd for clients to discuss issues and strategies relating to this year’s lottery filings. Register at the HLG web-site. The call is free. Note there are two calls scheduled, one for healthcare cos. and the second for everyone else.
If you like statistics and are missing baseball box scores, check out the report recently released by the DHS on non-immigrant admissions in FY 2015. As you read this, keep in mind that admission does not equal people as the same person may make multiple admissions in a year if they travel internationally.