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DUI Charges Can Interfere With Travel

The holiday season is a popular time for travel and celebration.  Both activities relate to a US Department of State (DOS) policy that can interfere with foreign nationals’ international travel.  Foreign nationals who have been charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DUI) or related charges may have their visa stamps revoked under DOS authority.  This policy, … Continue Reading

Chinese Business and Tourist Travelers Must Enroll in Visa System Beginning November 29

Beginning the end of November, nationals of the People’s Republic of China holding 10-year B visas will not be able to travel to the United States without a valid Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) enrollment.  US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has designated November 29 as the implementation date for the newly-created EVUS enrollment requirement. … Continue Reading

USCIS Publishes New Rule to Welcome International Entrepreneurs

Today, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published in the Federal Register a rule which would allow certain international entrepreneurs to be considered for parole (temporary permission to be in the United States) so that they may start or scale their businesses here in the United States. The rule, entitled “International Entrepreneur Rule,” seems to … Continue Reading

E-Verify to Deactivate User Accounts

On August 1st, E-Verify will begin deactivating user IDs that have not been accessed for 270 days. This announcement was apparently prompted by USCIS’ anticipated changes to the user requirements. On May 20, 2016, USCIS published a 30-day notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment on proposed changes to the E-Verify program. Among the … Continue Reading

India Next Member of the US Global Entry Program

On June 3, 2016, India’s Ministry of External Affairs, the Consular, Passport and Visa Division, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to begin the membership procedure for the US Global Entry Program. The two countries would like to complete India’s entry into the Global Entry Program within … Continue Reading

USCIS Fraud Site Visits Target Executives and Managers

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fraud unit, known as the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS), plans to expand the number of site visits for this fiscal year. The expansion of the site visit program comes in response to an August 2013 report released by the US Department of Homeland Security’s … Continue Reading

CBP Enhances ESTA to Address Past Travel to Iran

On February 23rd as part of the continued implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) had been enhanced to include questions that would address travel eligibility to the US for an individual who has … Continue Reading

April 1 Will Mark the Start of the H-1B Cap Season

The H-1B cap season is fast approaching.  For fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017), US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will begin accepting cap subject H-1B petitions on Friday, April 1, 2016.  This is the earliest date for which an employer may file a petition to be received by USCIS requesting H-1B employment with a start … Continue Reading

E-Verify Retention Reminder

As of Jan. 1, 2015, the government started deleting E-Verify records that were created on or before Dec. 31, 2004. This action was initiated in accordance with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) records retention and disposal schedule. USCIS now disposes of E-Verify records that are over ten years old every January 1st. Employers … Continue Reading

Congress Expected to Pass Visa Bill with JCPOA Implications

On December 15, 2015, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that Congress reached agreement on a $1.1 trillion FY 2016 omnibus spending bill (HR 2029), which included a controversial provision that could have implications for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”).  Division O, Title II contains the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and … Continue Reading