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May 2017 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State released its May 2017 Visa Bulletin, showing modest advancement for China EB-2 and EB-3 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 EB-2: China advances seven months to October 1, 2013; India retrogresses by two and a half

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USCIS considers raising H-1B, green card filing fees

Every two years, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reviews its Immigration Examinations Fee Account (IEFA). In fiscal year 2015, IEFA funded 94 percent of the agency’s initiatives, showing a heavy reliance on the account.

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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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DOL News Alert: DOL FAQ Temporarily Withdrawn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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EB-4, EB-5 Green Card Programs Extended Through Early December

News Brief: President Obama recently extended the EB-4 Non-Minister Special Immigrant and EB-5 Regional Center green card programs until Dec. 9. The initiatives were included in the Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act, which were signed into law on Sept. 29. In response,

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