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Split Supreme Court Decision Blocks DAPA

In a one-sentence 4-4 split decision on June 24, 2016, U.S. v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand lower court rulings that block the Obama administration’s plan, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), to allow approximately 4 million parents of U.S. citizen children to remain in the United States and obtain… Read More

USCIS Celebrates SAVE’s 30th Anniversary, Launches Redesigned Website

On June 23, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program by redesigning its website (see video), among other things. USCIS noted that SAVE has 1,138 registered agencies with more than 75,000 users. USCIS said SAVE’s redesigned website includes enhanced graphics, an improved… Read More

House Holds Hearing on H-2B Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing on June 8, 2016, entitled “The H-2B Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Examining the Effects on Americans’ Job Opportunities and Wages.” Testifying were Michael Cunningham, Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer, Texas State Building and Construction Trade Council; Meredith Stewart, Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center; Daniel Costa, Director of… Read More

State Dept. Releases DV-2017 Results

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for July 2016 includes the diversity visa lottery 2017 (DV-2017) results. The bulletin notes that the Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky, has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2017 diversity lottery. Approximately 83,910 applicants have been registered and notified and may now apply for an immigrant visa.… Read More

EB-4 Visa Limits Reached for Special Immigrants From Mexico

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for July 2016 reflects a final action date of January 1, 2010, for EB-4 visas for special immigrants from Mexico. This means that starting on July 1, 2016, applicants from Mexico who filed Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, on or after January 1, 2010, will… Read More

USCIS Clarifies CW-1 Extension of Stay Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 20, 2016, that it had received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the numerical limit (cap) of 12,999 workers who may be issued CW-1 visas or otherwise provided with CW-1 status for fiscal year (FY) 2016. May 5 was the final receipt date for CW-1… Read More


REFUGEES AND RELATED BENEFITS: AN OVERVIEW This article provides an overview of recent developments with respect to refugees and the benefits granted to them. Canada In September 2015, a news photograph of a drowned Syrian child sparked a heated debate over refugee rights and Canada’s role to provide refuge. Ever since then, refugee rights have… Read More


Belgium Below is a summary of details on work permit exemptions, related to technical work, for foreign employees in Belgium. In principle, any employment in Belgium of a foreign employee requires a work permit, unless an exemption applies. Several activities are considered business visitors’ activities, which do not trigger a work permit requirement, such as… Read More

CANADA: Immigration News

CANADA Several developments have been announced. Many are being caught unprepared by new primary inspection tools. Beginning in November 2015, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) updated its frontline systems so that CBSA officers working the Primary Inspection Line (PIL) at border crossings now have immediate access to the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database.… Read More

ITALY: Immigration News

ITALY Several developments have been announced. Tax on residence permits declared void. The TAR, Lazio’s Regional Administrative Court, has declared void part of the Ministerial decree of October 6, 2011, introducing a residence permit tax and abolishing the fee on applications. This comes after the European Court of Justice had judged the Italian residence permit… Read More