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UNITED STATES: USCIS FY 2020 H-1B Cap and Premium Processing [UPDATED]

[UPDATE] *Phase one commenced on 1 April 2019, allowing H-1B lottery petitioners applying for a change-of-visa status to file a request for premium processing concurrently with their H-1B petition. USCIS began processing those requests on May 20, 2019.

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Plans Closure of International Field Offices

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is planning to close all 22 of its international field offices in the coming months.

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UNITED STATES : Visa Applicants Now Required to Disclose Social Media Accounts

Effective immediately, the US Department of State has updated its nonimmigrant and immigrant visa forms, requiring most applicants to list all personal social media accounts, with usernames or handles (not passwords), along with telephone numbers and email addresses, dating back five years, when [..]

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UNITED KINGDOM: Nationals of Seven More Countries Can Now Use ePassport Gates

Effective 20 May 2019, visitors to the United Kingdom from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States are now able to use ePassport gates at ports across the UK and at juxtaposed controls.

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ISRAEL and UNITED STATES: B-5 Investor Visa for US Nationals and E-2 Investor Visa for Israeli Nationals Now Available

Effective 1 May 2019, the Israeli consulates in Washington, New York, Houston, and San Francisco have begun accepting applications for the new B-5 Investor Visa for US citizens.

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UNITED STATES: New Policy for L-1 Readmissions at Canadian Border

Effective immediately, and without an official announcement, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are refusing to process petitions presented by Canadian nationals, for readmission in L-1 status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2020

On 10 April 2019, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received sufficient quota-subject H-1B filings for government fiscal year 2020 (1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020) to meet both the general H-1B quota (65,000) for individuals holding a bachelor’s [..]

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CANADA-UNITED STATES: Tech, Talent, and Immigration

As highly skilled immigration cools in U.S. and heats up in Canada... Canada’s Global Talent Stream becomes permanent. By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase While geographic neighbours, but with currently two seemingly divergent approaches to immigration – Canada and the United States [..]

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

On 12 March, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions.

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