After new fees for most immigration forms went into effect on December 23, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published updated versions of the forms. The prior versions of forms, with the exception of Form N-400, will still be accepted until February 21, 2017, although the should include the updated fees. The forms submitted with the old fees will be rejected by USCIS. USCIS strongly encourages all applicants to submit new versions, which are updated wit
Beginning January 22, 2017, employers must use the updated version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The date is found on the lower left hand corner of the form. Prior versions of the form will no longer be valid for use. Employers who fail to use the updated Form I-9 after January 22, 2017 may be subject to all applicable penalties. Source: USCIS.
On January 18, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule to improve the ability of certain promising start-up founders to begin growing their companies within the United States and help improve the U.S. economy through increased capital spending, innovation and job creation. The new regulation allows certain international entrepreneurs to remain in the United States for up to five years in order to start or expand their businesses. The "parole" au
In a precedent decision issued on December 27, 2016, the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) announced a new analytical framework to determine how foreign nationals may qualify for National Interest Waivers (NIW) and created a three part test for those seeking permanent residence in the United States under EB-2 category. The decision is intended to make the waiver more broadly available to foreign nationals pursuing endeavors that benefit the United States, including en
On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) entitled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States." Here are 10 Facts to know about President Trump's Travel Ban: 1. The order prohibits visa issuance and admission for a temporary period of 90 days for citizens or nationals from seven Islamic countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia. It targets individuals of those countries regardless of which