Washington, D.C., August 3, 2020: Unexpectedly, the Department of State’s (DOS) visa reciprocity schedule appears to indicates that E1 and E2 visas for Mexican citizens may now be granted for up to 4 years at a time: https://travel.state.gov. No public announcement has been made by the DOS...

Washington D.C., August 3, 2020: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is going to increase visa application fees on October 2, 2020 by significant amounts. Employers seeking work visas, families seeking reunification visas, and even asylum seekers will be impacted. Among the most notable changes: The basic...

Washington, D.C., August 3, 2020: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) once again announced plans to increase the cost of investing in the U.S. as an immigrant investor that creating jobs for local workers. Under USCIS plans, fees for EB-5 visas will increase starting October 2,...

On July 29, 2020, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued 1,288 targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who may qualify for Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream and have specific work experience. The OINP in its latest tech draw targeted candidates with a (Comprehensive...

Washington, D.C., July 17, 2020: On June 22, President Trump signed the Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10052, which extended P.P. 10014 through December 31, 2020, and suspended the entry of certain permanent and temporary immigrants to the United States. The Trump administration based this decision on...

Washington, D.C., July 24, 2020: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) backtracked on its rules for international students studying at US educational institutions that will be 100% online in the Fall of 2020. The Drama This saga started in recent months, when ICE announced on March 9,...

Washington, D.C., July 21, 2020: The Ombudsman of the Department of Homeland Security confirmed today that USCIS expects months-long delays in printing green cards and EADs “will continue for the foreseeable future.” This is a national issue affecting tens of thousands of green card holders and...

On July 21, 2020, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued 62 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) under the technology sector to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. BC PNP Tech Pilot draw issued ITAs to candidates under the Express Entry BC and...