U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it will increase fees for premium processing, effective Oct. 19, as required by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, Pub. L. No. 116-159, signed into law on Oct. 1. The Act includes the Emergency...

On October 15, 2020, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued 772 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...

On October 14, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 4,500 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in its most recent all-program draw. The minimum score in this draw was 471, same as the previous all-program draw. As per the tie breaking rule applied in this invitation...

On October 13, 2020, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued 417 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) under the Skills Immigration (SIBC) and Express Entry (EEBC) categories to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. These streams are intended for workers or international...

On October 6, 2020, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued 72 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...

Washington, D.C., October 2, 2020: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) submitted new draft regulations regarding the H1B skilled worker visa program to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in early September. Today, to accelerate the adoption of the new regulations, OMB confirmed that is...

Washington, D.C., October 2, 2020: This Thursday, a federal court issued an injunction that bars the President from suspending the issuance of new temporary work visas to the US in the L1A, L1B and H1B classifications. The President’s order, issued in June, effectively shut down the...

Washington, D.C., October 1, 2020: The U.S. Congress approved budget legislation (called a Continuing Resolution (“CR”)), that funds the operations of the federal government until December 11, 2020. Simultaneously, the CR also passed an extension of the EB-5 Regional Center program until December 11, 2020. The...