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New Zealand Nationals Eligible for E-1 and E-2 Nonimmigrant Visas: USCIS / DOS
Posted on 10 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, June 10, 2019 "Certain New Zealand nationals can now request a change of status to the E-1 nonimmigrant trader classification and the E-2 nonimmigrant investor classification under Public Law 115-226 . Beginning June 10, eligible New Zealand... Read More

Collection of Social Media Identifiers from U.S. Visa Applicants
Posted on 4 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, June 4, 2019 "On May 31, 2019, the Department of State updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application forms to request additional information, including social media identifiers, from most U.S. visa applicants worldwide... Read More

Social Media Monitoring, DHS, the State Department, and You
Posted on 23 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Faiza Patel, Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Sophia DenUyl, Raya Koreh, Brennan Center for Justice, May 22, 2019 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is rapidly expanding its collection of social media information and using it to evaluate the security... Read More

Israeli Nationals Eligible for E-2 Treaty Investor Visas, May 1, 2019
Posted on 23 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Apr. 22, 2019 "Israeli Nationals Eligible for Treaty Investor Visas Certain Israeli nationals who are lawfully present in the United States will soon be able to request a change of status to the E-2 treaty investor classification... Read More

DOS Final Rule: Refusal Procedures for Visas
Posted on 22 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 77 / Monday, April 22, 2019 "This rule is largely technical in nature and conforms a narrow aspect of the Department’s visa regulations to the law. The current regulation requires consular officers either to... Read More

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Refusal Procedures for Visas
Posted on 19 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 04/22/2019 "This rule is largely technical in nature and conforms a narrow aspect of the Department’s visa regulations to the law. The current regulation requires consular... Read More

'Public Charge' FAM Change Triggers Consular Abuse of 212(a)(4)
Posted on 16 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

According to FY2018 DOS statistics , "DOS rejected 13,450 applications for immigrant visas in FY2018 based on a determination that the applicant could become a "public charge," a 316 percent increase from FY2017 when it denied 3,237 applications... Read More

ABA Blasts ICC Visa Restrictions
Posted on 11 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA President Bob Carlson, Apr. 9, 2019 "The American Bar Association is concerned over the policy announced last month by the United States government to restrict visas for certain officials of the International Criminal Court, a policy implemented... Read More

DHS Notice: H-2 Visa Program Country List (Jan. 18, 2019)
Posted on 18 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 13 / Friday, January 18, 2019 "Under Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may generally only approve petitions for H–2A and H–2B nonimmigrant... Read More

Tags: visas , H-2B , H-2A

Feds Propose 'Vast Changes' to Public Charge Rule
Posted on 24 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sept. 24, 2018 - The proposed rule has yet to be published in the Federal Register, but DHS posted this link on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. CLINIC posted the following analysis: "Stemming from a 2017 Trump Administration executive order encouraging... Read More

DOJ, DOL Partner to Combat Visa Abuse, Protect U.S. Workers
Posted on 1 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, July 31, 2018 - "Today, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the Department of Labor (DOL) expanded their collaboration to better protect U.S. workers from discrimination by employers that prefer to hire temporary visa... Read More

DHS to Impose Visa Sanctions on Laos, Burma
Posted on 10 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, July 10, 2018 - "On July 10, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced, in coordination with the State Department, the implementation of visa sanctions on Burma and Laos due to lack of cooperation in accepting their citizens who have... Read More

DHS to Impose Visa Sanctions on Laos, Burma
Posted on 10 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, July 10, 2018 - "On July 10, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced, in coordination with the State Department, the implementation of visa sanctions on Burma and Laos due to lack of cooperation in accepting their citizens who have... Read More

Visa Services Suspended in American Embassy, Managua, Nicaragua
Posted on 22 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua - "Dear visa applicants, Due to the current security situation in Nicaragua and the resulting reduction in Embassy operating hours, the U.S. Department of State has suspended almost all visa processing in Managua. The... Read More

White House 'Enhanced Vetting' Memo to DOJ, DHS, DOS (Mar. 6, 2017)
Posted on 6 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, Mar. 6, 2017 - "The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 06, 2017 Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY... Read More