UNITED STATES – USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, in order to reduce overall H-1B processing times, they will temporarily suspend premium processing for all Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions starting 2 April 2018.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

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OMAN – Six-Month Ban on Hiring Foreign Nationals in 87 Professions

Effective immediately, Oman’s Ministry of Manpower has suspended the recruitment of foreign nationals in 87 professions, across ten sectors, for six months.

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OMAN – Six-Month Ban on Hiring Foreign Nationals in 87 Professions

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TURKEY – Update on Entry for US Nationals; and Security Alert

There are some updates to the situation for US nationals wishing to obtain visas for Turkey, and a security alert for those already in Turkey and other middle-eastern countries.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Bener.

UNITED STATES – Limited Resumption of Visa Processing in Russia

The United States Department of State has announced that, effective 11 December 2017, the U.S. consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok will begin to offer limited interviews for non-immigrant visas.

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UNITED STATES – Limited Resumption of Visa Processing in Russia

TURKEY + UNITED STATES – Update on Entry to Turkey for US Nationals

On 21 November 2017, the United States Department of State issued an update on the situation for US nationals entering Turkey. The main points are as follows:

  • US citizens (with no other nationality) will be issued sticker visas upon entry into Turkey only if they can show legal residency (residence permits) in another country other than the US. (Note: this is in clear contrast with airport policy the past month where US nationals were consistently being issued sticker visas at Turkish airports as long as their flight originated outside the US).
  • Turkish consulates outside the US are consistently issuing visas to US nationals physically present at that consular post, with no problems. Note that whether a particular consulate retains a local residence requirement is case-by-case.
  • Turkish consular posts in the US are still offering visa appointments to US nationals in some cases, based on certain criteria such as medical needs, urgent family issues, international conferences or sport events, etc.
  • Current valid Turkish visas (including sticker visas) continue to be acceptable for entry into Turkey.

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TURKEY AND UNITED STATES – Limited Resumption of Visa Processing

Panorama os Istanbul and Bosporus at night

On 6 November 2017, the United States mission to Turkey announced that it is resuming limited visa services in Turkey, based on assurances from the government of Turkey about the security of local US diplomatic staff. A reduced number of visa appointments is available at the US Embassy in Ankara or the Consulate General in Istanbul.

Turkey reciprocated by announcing a resumption of limited processing of visa applications for US nationals in the United States.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by US Embassy & Consulates in Turkey and the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC.

TURKEY AND UNITED STATES – Reciprocal Suspension of Visa Services

Panorama os Istanbul and Bosporus at nightOn 8 October 2017, the United States announced the immediate suspension of all non-immigrant visa services at all US diplomatic facilities in Turkey.

Hours later, Turkey retaliated by suspending all visa services for US citizens at its diplomatic and consular missions in the United States, and at Turkey’s borders, and blocked US nationals from using its e-Visa service.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by the US Embassy in Turkey.