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.

Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Israel has implemented the E-2 Investor Visa for Israeli nationals, also available from 1 May 2019 at the US Embassy branch office in Tel Aviv.

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

This alert was prepared with information provided by Maggio Kattar.

UNITED STATES – USCIS to Resume Premium Processing for Certain Pending H-1B Petitions

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, on 19 February 2019, it will resume premium processing for pending H-1B petition filed on or before 21 December 2019.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS to Resume Premium Processing for Certain Pending H-1B Petitions

This alert was prepared with information provided by Gibney.

UNITED STATES – Changes to H-1B Cap Lottery Announced, but Registration Requirement Postponed

On 31 January 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule, to amend regulations governing the H-1B cap process.

The rule changes the lottery process, effective this year, but postpones implementation of the electronic registration requirement until the FY 2021 H-1B cap season.

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UNITED STATES – Changes to H-1B Cap Lottery Announced, but Registration Requirement Postponed

 This alert was prepared with information provided by Gibney, Krug and Newland Chase.

UNITED STATES – USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

Effective 28 January 2019, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for all fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

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UNITED STATES – Preparing for the Fiscal Year 2020 Cap-Subject H-1B Filing Period

On 1 April 2019, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start to accept H-1B petitions from cap-subject employers for skilled foreign workers starting work in fiscal year 2020 (from 1 October 2019).

Employers should contact their immigration specialist as soon as possible to prepare any H-1B petitions they intend to file.

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UNITED STATES – Preparing for the Fiscal Year 2020 Cap-Subject H-1B Filing Period

This alert was prepared with information provided by Klug Law Firm and Newland Chase.

RUSSIA – Deregistration of Foreign Nationals Now Available on Demand

Effective immediately, the Russian authorities have introduced deregistration of foreign nationals on demand.

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