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Category Archives: Immigration

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Extensions

USCIS has announced that it will suspend premium processing for all H-1B extension petitions between May 26, 2015, and July 27, 2015. It will use this time to implement the Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses and ensure that these applications for work authorization will be adjudicated in a timely manner. Premium processing allows certain …

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DOS June 2015 Visa Bulletin – Department of State

Big signboard of Immigration at the airport

The Department of State’s June Visa Bulletin on a whole brought relatively few changes of note. Progress was made in the EB-2 category, where priority dates for Indian nationals advanced six months from April to October 1, 2008. Similarly, Chinese nationals experienced forward movement of one year in priority dates, with the Department of State …

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USCIS Changes Policy on the Use of Loan Proceeds as a Source of Fund

Immigration entry stamp on the inside page of a passport.  Note that I have deliberately left the background inky and blotchy.

During the past two USCIS Stakeholder’s Meetings on EB-5 issues, EB-5 stakeholders, have questioned USCIS on its policy of allowing loans to be a source of an investor’s lawful capital.  For many years, USCIS has allowed investors to secure a loan by a relative’s property, so long as that relative gifted the use of the …

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Canada to Implement Electronic Travel Authorization System


Starting in March 2016, Canada will require individuals who may visit Canada without a visa to first obtain approval from its electronic travel authorization system (eTA). Visitors to the United States will recognize eTA as similar to the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), which is used by the United States to pre-screen its visa-exempt visitors. …

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Australian Federal Government Implements Changes to 457 Visa

Following the publication of the independent review into the Temporary Skilled (Subclass 457) visa program, the federal government announced on 18 March 2015 its intention to implement a number of the proposed changes to ‘increase flexibility and reduce restrictions on 457 programme users while maintaining integrity in the programme’. Despite growing suspicions that this would …

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