UNITED STATES – USCIS extends and expands temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B petitions

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is extending and expanding the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions.

Originally intended to last until 10 September 2018, USCIS now expects the expanded suspensions to last until 19 February 2019.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS extends and expands temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B petitions

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio and Kattar.

UNITED STATES – New Policy Threatens Deportation If Visa Extension is Denied

On 28 June 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum providing guidance on Executive Order 13768 on the enhancement of public safety through immigration policies. The policy, originally intended to take effect by 28 July 2018, will now be implemented once operational guidance has been issued.

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UNITED STATES – New Policy Threatens Deportation If Visa Extension is Denied

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RUSSIA – New Address Registration Rules [UPDATED]

A number of local migration offices are refusing to accept applications for registration of foreign nationals, especially in cases where housing is provided by employers on the basis of lease or sublease contracts rather than by landlords directly.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Intermark Relocation Services.

ISRAEL and UNITED STATES – Reciprocal Investor Visa Agreement Approved by Knesset

On 18 June 2018 the Israeli legislature, the Knesset, approved new regulations implementing a reciprocal agreement with the United States whereby, for the first time, US nationals investing in Israel will be able to obtain a B-5 employment visa and Israeli nationals investing in the United States will be eligible for an E-2 Treaty Investor visa authorising employment.

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RUSSIA – New Law on Counter-Sanctions Does Not Directly Restrict Immigration

Effective 4 June 2018, Federal Law No. 127-FZ “On Measures of Affect (Counteraction) in Connection with Unfriendly Actions of the United States of America and other Foreign States” authorises the government of Russia to impose responsive restriction measures on the US and other foreign states at the President’s decision.

The final version of the law does not specifically stipulate the possibility of imposing a ban on the employment of foreign nationals. This may indicate that such a ban is not being considered among the most likely responsive measures.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Intermark Relocation Services.

UNITED STATES – USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2019

On 6 April 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received sufficient quota-subject H-1B filings for government fiscal year 2019 (1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019) to meet both the general H-1B quota (65,000) for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and the additional quota (20,000) for individuals holding a US master’s or other advanced degree.

On 11 April USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the cap.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2019

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio and Kattar.

UNITED STATES – End of Golden Arrow Program for Expedited E Visas at US Embassy in Paris

Effective 12 March 2018, the United States embassy in Paris, France, has closed its “Golden Arrow” program for expedited E visas for critical employees of registered large multinational corporations. Delays should be anticipated as a result.

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UNITED STATES – End of Golden Arrow Program for Expedited E Visas at US Embassy in Paris

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio Kattar.