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Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter: December 2016

Computer screen with uscis web page about filing feesReminder: USCIS Filing Fees Increase on 12/23/2016

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Immigration filing fees increase – by a weighted average of 21 percent for most immigration applications and petitions – on December 23, 2016. [read more]

Young brown woman shaking empolyer handSignificant New Rule on Employment-Based Immigration, and EADs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made final a long-awaited rule on issues that impact mostly H-1B professional workers and employment-based visa applicants and their dependents. The rule is intended to clarify and codify issues related to the retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 immigrant workers... [read more]

Donald Trump speaking at a rallyTrump Presidency, New Administration, and Efforts Currently in Play

With the inauguration of President-elect Trump less than six weeks away, attention is centering on how the president-elect and his team will handle his immigration campaign promises, especially because immigration served as one of the campaign’s key cornerstones. [read more]

Intake Processing sign at S. Texas Family CenterImmigrant Detention: Bond and Detainers Challenged, Private Detention Continues; Women and Children Released in Texas

The detention of massive numbers of immigrants is gaining an increasing amount of attention as immigrant advocacy groups continue to push for change, often filing lawsuits to challenge government practices. Some recent cases involve bond procedures and ICE detainers.
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Black man at CBP screeningHave You Been Subjected to Rude Conduct by CBP When Seeking Entry into the U.S.? If So, Let Us Know!

The immigration bar has received several reports about foreign nationals who have been exposed to unprofessional, intimidating, and demeaning conduct by CBP officers during the inspection and admissions process. [read more]

young asian brother and sister“Immediate Family” Definition for G, A, C-3, and NATO Dependent
Visas Amended

The Department of Sate (DOS) issued a final rule, effective 12/7/2016, that amends the definition of ‘‘immediate family” for purposes of G, A, C-3, and NATO visa classifications.
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Entreprenuer son and fatherGreen Card Sponsorship Through Your Family’s Company? Some Relationships Are Still Too Close

It is possible to obtain a green card through the sponsorship of a company owned or managed by a close relative. However... these cases frequently get audited by the Dept. of Labor, and some are denied if the family relationship could obstruct an honest recruiting effort. [read more]

Flag of ChinaElectronic Visa Update System Goes Into Effect for Certain Chinese Visitors

DHS has established and has now implemented the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) for certain Chinese nationals. For now, the EVUS program only applies to unrestricted, maximum validity B visas, often issued for 10 years, contained in a passport issued by the People’s Republic of China. [read more]

Photo of the metal Seal of the US Consulate in Vancouver's on the Embassy fence. News in Brief

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