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Advance Copy of H-2A Final Rule

"The Department of Labor is issuing regulations to govern its certification of the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal agricultural employment under the H-2A program. Specifically, these regulations establish standards and procedures for employers seeking to hire foreign...

DOL Publishes 113-page H-2A Final Rule in FR

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 200 / Friday, October 16, 2015 - "The Department of Labor is issuing regulations to govern its certification of the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal agricultural employment under the H–2A program. Specifically, these regulations establish...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Procedures for Issuing Visas

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/02/2015 - "The Department of State is updating its regulations regarding nonimmigrant visa format, and records retention procedures. These updates reflect changes in technology, including the current practice of issuing machine...

DOS Final Rule: Procedures for Issuing Visas

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 211 / Monday, November 2, 2015 - "The Department of State is updating its regulations regarding nonimmigrant visa format, and records retention procedures. These updates reflect changes in technology, including the current practice of issuing machinereadable visas...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Visa Interview Waiver Authority

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/10/2015 - "This rule is promulgated to clarify the circumstances in which a consular officer and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services may waive the requirement for a nonimmigrant visa interview."

DOS Final Rule: NIV Interview Waiver Authority

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 217 / Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - "This rule is promulgated to clarify the circumstances in which a consular officer and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services may waive the requirement for a nonimmigrant visa interview."

CBP Final Rule: FOIA Procedures

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 221 / Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - "This final rule amends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (‘‘CBP’’) Freedom of Information Act (‘‘FOIA’’) regulations. Due to the transfer of CBP from the Department of the Treasury...

Advance Copy of USCIS Final Rule: Enhancing Opportunities for H-1B1, CW-1, and E-3 Nonimmigrants and EB-1 Immigrants

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 01/15/2016 - "In this final rule, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is revising its regulations affecting: highly skilled workers in the nonimmigrant classifications for specialty occupation from Chile, Singapore (H-1B1...

USCIS Final Rule: Enhancing Opportunities for H–1B1, CW–1, and E–3 Nonimmigrants and EB–1 Immigrants

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 10 / Friday, January 15, 2016 - "In this final rule, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is revising its regulations affecting: highly skilled workers in the nonimmigrant classifications for specialty occupation from Chile, Singapore (H–1B1), and Australia...

HHS Final Rule: Medical Examination of Aliens - Revisions to Medical Screening Process

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 16 / Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is issuing this final rule (FR) to amend its regulations governing medical examinations that aliens must undergo before...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Exchange Visitor Program – Teachers

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 01/29/2016 - "This rule makes final the Department’s proposed rule published on May 2, 2013. The Department, with this rule, amends its existing regulations governing the Teacher category of the Exchange Visitor Program...

DOS Finalizes Official Passport Rule

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 26 / Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - "The Department of State finalizes its amendment of the passport rules for issuance of an official passport to an official or employee of a state, local, tribal, or territorial government traveling abroad to carry out official duties...

Advance Copy of F-1 OPT STEM Final Rule

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 03/11/2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its F-1 nonimmigrant student visa regulations on optional practical training (OPT) for certain students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics...

New U.S. Rule Extends Stay for Some Foreign Graduates

Liz Robbins, New York Times, Mar. 9, 2016 - "The federal government will publish the rule on Friday, saying that international students earning degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields in the United States will now be eligible to stay for three years of on-the-job training...

F-1 STEM OPT Final Rule

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 48 / Friday, March 11, 2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its F–1 nonimmigrant student visa regulations on optional practical training (OPT) for certain students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule re FOIA/PA

FR Doc. 2016-07900 Filed: 4/5/2016 8:45 am; Publication Date: 4/6/2016 - "The Department of State (the Department) finalizes its revisions to its regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act. The final rule reflects changes in FOIA and other statutes and consequent...

GAO: DHS Final Rule re F-1 STEM OPT OK

GAO, Mar. 28, 2016 - "Enclosed is our assessment of DHS’s compliance with the procedural steps required by section 801(a)(1)(B)(i) through (iv) of title 5 with respect to the rule. Our review of the procedural steps taken indicates that, with the exception of the 60-day delay requirement,...

DHS Final Rule: Expansion of Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 146 / Friday, July 29, 2016 - "This final rule, consistent with the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), expands the class of individuals who may be eligible for a provisional waiver of certain grounds of inadmissibility based on the accrual of unlawful presence...

Advance Copy of USCIS Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers Final Rule

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/18/2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its regulations related to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. Specifically, the final rule provides various benefits to participants...

USCIS Final Rule: Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers

USCIS, Nov. 18, 2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its regulations related to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. Specifically, the final rule provides various benefits to participants in those programs, including the following: improved...

Analysis of Key Provisions of the USCIS High-Skilled Worker Final Rule - Cyrus Mehta

Cyrus Mehta, Nov. 21, 2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security issued final regulations on November 17, 2016 entitled “ Retention of EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers ” to provide relief to high skilled workers...

DHS (CBP & FEMA) FOIA Final Rule (Eff. Dec. 22, 2016)

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 225 / Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - "This rule amends the Department’s regulations under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The regulations have been revised to update and streamline the language of several procedural provisions, and to incorporate changes...

DHS Final Rule: Petitions to Issue, Amend or Appeal Rules

Federal Register, Monday, November 28, 2016 - "Pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) is adopting a process under which interested persons may petition the Department to issue, amend, or repeal a rule. DATES: This rule is effective December...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Classification of Immediate Family Members as A, C-3, G, and NATO Nonimmigrants

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 12/07/2016 - "This rule amends the definition of immediate family for purposes of A, C-3, G, and NATO visa classifications in two ways: it revises the eligibility requirements for unmarried adult sons and daughters age 21 or older...

State Department Final Rule: Classification of Immediate Family Members as A, C–3, G, and NATO Nonimmigrants

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 235 / Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - "This rule amends the definition of immediate family for purposes of A, C–3, G, and NATO visa classifications in two ways: It revises the eligibility requirements for unmarried adult sons and daughters age 21 or older for...