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RUSSIA: Immigration News

RUSSIA The Federal Migration Service of Russia has been reorganized. On April 5, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a Presidential Order reorganizing the Federal Migration Service of Russia. Specifically, it no longer exists as an independent government service. It is one of the departments of the Internal Affairs Ministry.  Previously, the Federal Migration Service… Read More

TURKEY: Immigration News

TURKEY The European Commission has proposed visa-free travel for Turkish nationals in the Schengen area. Under a European Commission proposal for visa-free travel for Turkish citizens in the Schengen area, Turks would have visa-free access to the 26 countries of the Schengen zone. This is reportedly in return for Turkey accepting back an outflow of… Read More

UNITED KINGDOM: Immigration News

UNITED KINGDOM Several developments have been announced. Immigration Act 2016 Enacted The Immigration Bill has completed its passage through Parliament. The bill received Royal Assent on May 12, 2016, and was published on May 17, 2016, as the Immigration Act 2016. The bill creates a number of new criminal offenses of which both individuals and… Read More

USCIS Proposes Fee Increases, New Fee for Annual Certification of EB-5 Regional Centers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a proposed rule on May 4, 2016, to increase USCIS fees by a “weighted average” of 21 percent and add one new fee for EB-5 Regional Centers. In addition, among other things, USCIS proposes to clarify that persons filing a benefit request may be required to appear for… Read More

USCIS Completes Data Entry of FY 2017 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions, Begins Rejections

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 2, 2016, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected randomly. USCIS has begun returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. USCIS said that due to the high volume of filings, the agency is unable to provide a definite time frame for returning these petitions.

Employment-Based Final Action Dates Retrogress for June

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for the month of June reports that during the past two months, there have been extremely high levels of employment-based demand for adjustment of status cases filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This has necessitated retrogression of final action dates in several categories in an effort to hold… Read More

SEC Announces Fraud Charges, Asset Freeze Against Vermont Ski Resort

On April 14, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced fraud charges and an asset freeze against a Vermont-based ski resort and related businesses allegedly misusing millions of dollars raised through investments solicited under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The SEC alleges that Ariel Quiros of Miami, William Stenger of Newport, Vermont, and their… Read More

ICE Releases Quarterly International Student Data: F, M Students Up 6.2%

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently released the latest “SEVIS By the Numbers,” a quarterly report on international student trends prepared by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The report notes that nearly 1.2 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) status are studying in the United States. Full report available… Read More

USCIS To Resume Premium Processing for Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions; Temporarily Suspends Use of Pre-Paid Mailers for Certain H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 22, 2016, that the agency will begin premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. Premium processing guarantees a 15-calendar-day processing time. USCIS had previously announced that it would temporarily adjust… Read More

USCIS Designates Two ‘Adopted Decisions,’ Establishing Policy Guidance

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently designated two decisions of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) as “adopted decisions,” meaning that they “establish policy guidance that applies to and binds all USCIS employees.” USCIS directs its personnel to follow the reasoning in these decisions in similar cases.  Matter of Z-A-. USCIS designated Matter of Z-A-,… Read More