Washington, D.C. – May 22, 2019: The Department of State (“DOS”) announced today that it is updating its guidance regarding photographs for visa processes. Under the latest guidance, it is permissible for applicants to show a faint smile, with no teeth showing. The guidance, set out...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 22, 2019: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) today announced the launch of a new e-filing system for filing Form I-539 extension of status for certain B-1 / B-2 visas for visitors for business or pleasure, as well as certain M-1...

Washington, D.C. – May 17, 2019: USCIS has completed data entry for all fiscal year 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random selection process, including those selected under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that...

Washington, D.C. – May 15, 2019 - The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently provided updated predictions on the EB-5 visa waiting lists for China, Vietnam, India, and the rest of the world. The news for India has not changed. The DOS predicts a waiting...

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has named Mark Koumans as its Deputy Director. Koumans has a background of service with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and its umbrella agency, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Koumans also served for 17 years with...

Canadians who qualify for L-1 Manager, Executive, or Specialized Knowledge employee visas can look forward to another year of remote adjudications at the Blaine, Washington port of entry. The pilot program, scheduled to expire on April 30, 2019, has been extended for one year until...

Although family-based petitions account for over two-thirds of all immigration approvals, the future may bring increasing legislative scrutiny and quota restrictions, as lawmaking discussions focus on business immigration visas. In its 2017 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recorded 1.1 million total...