US Visa/Passport News

US Court Annulled Two H-1B Regulations Suggested by Trump Administration

A US District Court has abolished two H-1B visa regulations, suggested by President Donald Trump’s administration, which would impede companies from hiring international employees. The administration of President Trump planned to impose these regulations on December 7. However, they have been opposed by a large number of universities, research organizations, businesses and other organizations from the start, VisaGuide.World reports. Trump’s administration introduced the new changes in October, as interim final rules without previous notice or public comments, [...]

By |2020-12-03T10:45:23+02:00December 3rd, 2020|H1B Visa News Portal|

Trump Could Stop Birthright Citizenship With Executive Order

Current US President Donald Trump's administration could terminate birthright citizenship during his last weeks in the office, before Biden's administration takes over. The birthright citizenship policy enables every person who is born in the United States to obtain US citizenship immediately, even though their parents may not have US citizenship, VisaGuide.World reports. Trump's administration is trying to rush the halt of birthright citizenship, among other immigration actions, before it departs the White House. The legality of birthright [...]

By |2020-11-24T17:35:24+02:00November 24th, 2020|US Visa/Passport News|

USCIS: H-2B Cap for First Half of Fiscal Year 2021 Has Been Reached

The congressionally mandated cap on H-2B visas has been officially reached for the first half of the fiscal year 2021, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced through a statement. The final receipt date for new cap-subject for H-2B petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2021, was November 16, 2020, VisaGuide.World reports. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services also revealed that it would reject new cap-subject H-2B petitions received after November [...]

By |2020-11-20T14:21:13+02:00November 20th, 2020|US Visa/Passport News|

DHS Wants to Limit Work Permits for Internationals With Final Orders of Removal

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) wants to limit discretionary work authorizations for internationals who receive final orders of removal and who have been released from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) custody, temporarily, through an order of supervision (OSUP). The proposal has been announced by the USCIS and has been planned as an effort to protect American workers, as well as to strengthen immigration enforcement, VisaGuide.World reports. “Authorizing employment benefits to aliens who have [...]

By |2020-11-18T14:27:35+02:00November 18th, 2020|US Visa/Passport News|

US Risks Losing 9.2 Million Jobs By Year’s End Due to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

The United States' travel and tourism sector risk losing a total of 9.2 million jobs by the end of this year if the worldwide imposed travel bans remain in place, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has revealed. The estimation comes after WTTC's recent economic modelling, which has been mainly focused on the impact of the current Coronavirus disease on the travel and tourism sector, which is among the most affected ones by the deadly virus, [...]

By |2020-11-16T10:40:34+02:00November 16th, 2020|US Visa/Passport News|

SPJ: Journalist Visa Restrictions Proposed by DHS to Affect US Media Abroad

The restrictions on international journalists proposed by the government of the United States would limit the international press to report news and cover events in the US, according to the President of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Matthew Hall. SPJ’s President has also emphasized that the restrictions could seriously affect the operations of the United States media aboard, VisaGuide.World reports. The latest proposals of the Department of Homeland Security have been vehemently denied by SPJ, which [...]

By |2020-11-02T15:01:51+02:00November 2nd, 2020|US Visa/Passport News|

Trump Administration to Scrap Lottery System that Selects H1-B Visa Applicants

The administration of President Donald Trump has proposed to put an end to the current computerised lottery system that is used to grant H-1B work visas and use a wage-level-based selection process instead, the Department of Homeland and Security (DHS) has announced. According to the DHS, the new selection process which will give priority to the jobs with higher salaries is planned to be imposed in order to protect the economic interests of the United States workers, [...]

By |2020-11-02T11:22:37+02:00November 2nd, 2020|H1B Visa News Portal|

USCIS Increases Premium Processing Fee – Including for H-1B

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the fee for premium processing has increased, as required by the Counting Appropriations Act and Other Extensions Act, Pub. L. No. 116-159, adopted on October 1, 2020. According to the new decision, the fee for Form I-907 Request for Premium Processing will increase from $1,440 to $2,500, for all persons except for those who apply for H-2B or R-1 non-immigrant status. The premium processing fee for [...]

By |2020-10-21T16:43:11+02:00October 21st, 2020|H1B Visa News Portal|

DHS Issues Interim Final Rule for H-1B Visa Classification

The United States Department of Homeland Security’ (DHS) long-warned interim final rule has finally been brought to light, amending some of the regulations to the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program, in order to “strengthen the visa classification program”. According to the interim final rule’s changes, the “speciality occupation” definition will be amended to better align with the meaning of the term; therefore there will be added words such as “worksite” and “third-party worksite”, while the purpose of the [...]

By |2020-10-19T12:52:14+02:00October 19th, 2020|H1B Visa News Portal|

Australia’s English Test Requirement for Visas Could Keep Families Apart

Australia’s latest decision to impose a language test as an immigration requirement for potential partner visas, starting from mid-2021, could leave couples separated. Such concerns have been raised after the parliament of Australia announced that internationals who are in a relationship with Australian citizens could be barred from entering the country if they don’t know the English language, VisaGuide.World reports. If the proposal is approved by the parliament, the English language test will become obligatory starting from [...]

By |2020-10-16T16:22:05+02:00October 16th, 2020|US Visa/Passport News|