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Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Third Travel Ban

Update: On Wednesday, October 18, a federal judge in Maryland issued a second halt on the third travel ban attempt from President Trump, blocking the administration from enforcing the directive. According to U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang, the president’s comments on the campaign trail and Twitter cast his latest attempt to impose a travel blockade

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Trump Draws Hard Line in NAFTA Talks

Talks near Washington D.C. resumed between the United States, Mexico, and Canada last week regarding the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down with President Trump in the Oval Office near the NAFTA talks, where Trump told reporters that it’s possible a deal to save NAFTA

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The Immigration Process is Hard, Don’t Just Take Our Word For It

Buzzfeed’s Try Guys recently took on a subject we here at Envoy take on every day: the immigration process. In their video, “The Try Guys Try Immigrating To America,” the four Try Guys, Ned, Eugene, Zach and Keith, are given hypothetical situations with the end goal of navigating the immigration process and becoming a U.S.

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U.S. Immigration Changes: What You Need to Know

Immigration has been a topic at the top of many minds for a long time and continues to play a large part of the national conversation. Since the current administration has been on the campaign trail, U.S. immigration changes seemed imminent. Now, and since the beginning of 2017, we’ve seen executive orders such as “Buy

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USCIS to Resume Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitioners

USCIS announced today its intention to immediately resume premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions. This service provides expedited processing for certain employment-based petitions and guarantees a 15-calendar day processing time from USCIS. Resumed premium processing would apply to all remaining H-1B cases for which expedited services have not already resumed, including H-1B extensions. Until recently,

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Social Media Handles to be Among New Information Being Collected from Immigrants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is adding social media handles to new information being collected from immigrants, according to a new rule the DHS published under the Federal Register’s Privacy Act of 1974. This update will apply to an individual’s Alien File (A-File), the document maintained for official records of anyone going through the

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Speak Out in Support of the H-1B Visa Program 

With all of the uncertainty surrounding the administration’s plans for immigration, one thing remains certain – immigrants make our country, our world and our companies better.  As concern from our customers and their foreign national employees escalates, we want to promote a message of support and advocacy. We are launching a campaign promoting the importance

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Trump Signs New Executive Order Indefinitely Banning Almost All Travel From Seven Countries

On Sunday, September 24, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order indefinitely banning almost all travel to the U.S. from seven countries. The new order blocks citizens from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea from entering the United States. Citizens of Iraq and some groups of people in Venezuela who seek

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Visa Petitions

USCIS announced today its intention to immediately resume premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. This service is only available for pending petitions, not new submissions since USCIS received enough petitions in April to meet the FY 2018 cap. Global Immigration Associates, Envoy’s affiliated-law firm, is advising

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Requests for Evidence (RFE) Are Increasing Attorneys Find

Requests for Evidence (RFE) are Increasing Envoy’s affiliated law firm, Global Immigration Associates (GIA), is reporting an unusually high number of Request for Additional Evidence (RFE) notices being issued for H-1B cases. The increase appears to be occurring across the country for H-1B cases – certainly those filed for the H-1B cap – and is

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