The USCIS Premium Processing program offers the option of accelerated visa processing for certain employment-based immigrant visa petitions (i.e., “green cards”) as well as certain temporary work visas. For employers in a hurry, that are willing to pay an additional processing fee of $1,225, the...

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released data showing a downward trend in H-1B visa approvals filed from October 1, 2016 until June 30, 2017. In that time period, U.S. employers filed 336,107 new H-1B visa petitions and, as of June 30, 2017, had...

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can search information contained in digital devices, but these searches only apply to “information that is physically resident on the device during a CBP inspection”. According to a 06/20/2017 statement by a senior CBP administrator, they do not...

On August 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") formally notified the public that it intends to change Form ETA 9035. Form ETA 9035 is the Labor Condition Application that U.S. employers must file before seeking a temporary work visa for a professional worker...

Persons applying for U.S. visitor visas or work visas may have to undergo further screening by government agencies, focused on their social media history. In this article, we report on steps taken by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) during 2016...

On 7/20/17, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615). The proposed bill seeks to provide legal status to young people who were brought to the United States as children and grew up this country. Such children...