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USCIS Now Accepting Negative O Visa Consultations Directly from Labor Unions

The O-1 and O-2 nonimmigrant visas are meant for individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement in science, education, business, athletics, or the arts; and their essential support personnel. One of the requirements that the sponsor company (“petitioner”) must submit for this visa is a consultation letter or advisory opinion from a US peer group, labor or management organization, and the letter can either endorse, object, or not oppose to the visa for the petitioner. While meeting with USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna, some labor unions expressed concern that petitioners may be falsifying or manipulating information, and making these letters appear to be favorable or non-objectionable

EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended Until December 7

​​​​​​​The EB-5 Program, which was scheduled to expire on September 30, has been extended through a resolution passed by the House and Senate on September 26, 2018 and signed by the President on September 28, 2018. The extension has no new added changes and will last through December 7, 2018. Williams Global Law keeps a close eye on all new developments regarding this and other visa programs. If you are interested in the EB-5 program, please contact us for more information.

DHS Moving Ahead with Plan to End H-4 Employment Authorization

In 2017, DHS announced its intention to remove H-1B Dependent Spouses as a class of aliens eligible for work authorization. The measure would rescind the 2015 executive order which granted the ability to obtain Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for qualified H-4 visa holders. The new rule was set for publication in February of 2018 but was suspended. Under the original 2015 rule, Dependent Spouses of H-1B visa holders in green card proceedings may apply for an EAD, on the basis that it would lighten the emotional and financial burden of having an entire family depend on one working spouse. However, after postponing its publication twice, DHS has stated in a recent court filing that i

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