US Visa/Passport News

Trump Assures H-1B Holders Certainty to Stay and Potential Path to US Citizenship

H-1B visa holders in the US may soon be able to apply for US citizenship. At least that is what the US President Donald Trump implied through a tweet. In a statement posted recently on Twitter, President Trump assured H-1B holders that the changes that are soon to be implied to the H-1B visa program would bring both, simplicity and certainty to their stay in the US. "H-1B holders in the United States can rest assured that [...]

2019-01-15T13:11:35+00:00 January 15th, 2019|H1B Visa News Portal|

US Stops Instant ESTA Approvals – Encourages Travelers to Apply at Least 72h Before Travel

World travelers eligible for an ESTA, wishing to visit the United States, from now on will have to apply for a visa-waiver travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to their trip. US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) is warning international travelers under the visa waiver program to apply for their travel authorization as soon as possible. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is an electronic program that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to [...]

2018-12-24T11:57:08+00:00 December 21st, 2018|US Visa/Passport News|

USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2019

The congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2019 has been reached on December 6, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) inform. According to a press release of the USCIS, no H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2019, have been nor will be accepted after this date. It also explains that the number of beneficiaries USCIS had received petitions for, surpassed the total number of [...]

2018-12-13T16:16:40+00:00 December 13th, 2018|US Visa/Passport News|

US Senate Passes Bill to Impose Visa Ban on Chinese Officials

The US has taken the first step in applying reciprocity to China on the Tibet case. A new legislation passed by the US senate prohibits Chinese officials who deny American citizens, government officials and journalists access to Tibet, from entering the US. The Tibet Autonomous Region is currently the only area in China for which foreign travelers, including government officials, need to obtain a separate visa. Findings of the enrolled bill point out that the Government of [...]

2018-12-13T13:32:30+00:00 December 13th, 2018|US Visa/Passport News|

DHS Proposes Merit-Based Rule That Favors Most-Skilled, Highest-Paid Foreign Workers

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has officially proposed the recent warned changes regarding the H-1B visa. According to a press release of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the proposed changes require that petitioners first electronically register with the USCIS, to file H-1B cap-subject petitions. They will also reverse the order of the H-1B petition's selection, by increasing the number of beneficiaries with a master's or higher degree from a US institution, under the [...]

2018-12-21T14:28:16+00:00 December 3rd, 2018|H1B Visa News Portal|

New H1-B visa lottery process and more paperwork for those who hire foreigners

IT companies based in the US will now have it harder to hire and bring foreign professionals to the country under the H1-B visa. According to the latest reports, the Trump administration has set new rules for H-1B petitioners, who will now have to pre-register electronically for the annual H-1B lottery. Then, only the lottery winners would have to subsequently file the petitions. Though the move will help the companies hiring foreign professionals to save significantly, it [...]

2018-11-28T15:49:05+00:00 November 28th, 2018|H1B Visa News Portal|

US Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Protect Work Authorization of H-1B Spouses

Revocation of work authorizations for H-4 visa holders would split up families, Representatives Anna G. Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren have asserted last Friday in front of US lawmakers. Both Democratic Representatives introduced the H-4 Employment Protection Act legislation that prohibits Trump Administration from scrapping the Obama-era rule, which permits spouses of H-1B visa holders to work. Upon the introduction of the proposal, Representative Eshoo said that protecting work authorization for these H-4 visa holders is a matter [...]

2018-12-21T14:29:15+00:00 November 19th, 2018|H1B Visa News Portal|

US ambassador vows to move Poland under the Visa Waiver Program

Poles may soon join the other Schengen nationals in traveling to the United States without a visa under business and  tourism purposes. After the US President Donald Trump told to the Polish President Andrzej Duda, that the US is considering the inclusion of Poland in the US Visa Waiver Program, the US ambassador in Poland has also promised she would scrap visas to US for Poles. Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher in Warschaw, who was officially credentialed by President [...]

2018-11-06T08:53:17+00:00 November 3rd, 2018|US Visa/Passport News|

US is not the only country that offers birthright citizenship, 29 more countries do

A statement of the United States President Donald Trump, that the US would soon end the so called "birthright citizenship" has sparked criticism towards him once more. The president, during an interview for "Axios on HBO" said that the US is the only country in the world to grant with citizenship children of foreign nationals, born in the US soil. The US media, including the Axois itself, rushed to confute the President, pointing out that there are [...]

2018-11-01T09:05:18+00:00 November 1st, 2018|US Visa/Passport News|

The U.S. to redefine the occupations that qualify for H-1B visas in January

The US administration has issued a rule, announcing that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will propose the revision of “specialty occupations" definition for the H-1B visa program. According to the rule published on the website of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs last week, such changes will be proposed with the aim of increasing focus on obtaining the best and brightest foreign nationals via the H-1B program. “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will propose [...]

2018-12-21T14:30:59+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|H1B Visa News Portal|
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