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Federal Judges Block President Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

Federal judges in Hawaii and in Maryland issued a nationwide order Wednesday evening blocking President Trump’s revised travel ban. This ruling means that travelers from six Muslim-majority countries (Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen)  and refugees will be able to travel to the United States. According to the Washington Post, “U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson

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April 2017 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State released its April 2017 Visa Bulletin, showing substantial advancement for China and Philippines EB-3 and modest advancements in other categories. HERE’S A BREAKDOWN OF THE APRIL VISA BULLETIN FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED CHARTS. View the family-based Visa Bulletin charts here. Month-to-Month Changes for Employment-Based Visa Applications No changes for any categories. Month-to-Month Changes for Employment-Based

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DOL News Alert: DOL FAQ Temporarily Withdrawn

UPDATE – Friday, March 10, 2017: In light of stakeholder input, which the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is considering, OFLC has temporarily removed from its website PERM FAQ Round 14 regarding Actual Minimum Requirements, originally published on March 6, 2017. OFLC will clarify and republish PERM FAQ Round 14 to provide additional information on

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President Trump Signs New Executive Order on Travel Ban

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order banning travel from six nations, replacing the EO previously signed on January 27th.  The new ban still blocks entry into the U.S. from certain countries and halts the refugee program for 120 days. However, this ban no longer includes Iraq, does not apply to

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H-1B News Alert: USCIS Suspends Premium Processing

As of April 3, 2017, the USCIS will not be accepting premium processing for any H-1B petitions for approximately 6 months.  The USCIS has noted that they are doing this in order to utilize their existing staff to help alleviate the current backlog they have with regards to regular processed H-1B cap cases.  The bar

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