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Fakhoury Global Immigration | USA | 17 May 2019

New presidential border security and immigration memorandum

President Donald Trump has issued a memorandum to the attorney general and secretary of homeland security as a follow-up measure to a recent proclamation which declared a national emergency in order to address the security and humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border. The memorandum confirms that further steps should be proposed to enhance the integrity and efficiency of the existing......
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Fakhoury Global Immigration | USA | 1 Feb 2019

United States continues to accelerate China's growth as technological superpower

Recent media reports indicate that the United States is quickly losing its place as the top destination for global talent, resulting in a growing 'brain drain' of skilled talent to countries such as China. Moreover, recent policy changes have made it increasingly difficult for foreign-born students to remain in the United States after graduation. Such short-sighted measures will only hinder......
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Fakhoury Global Immigration | USA | 11 Aug 2017

H-1B visa statistics and anticipated future trends

President Trump recently released an executive order in which the secretary of state, the attorney general, the secretary of labour and the secretary of homeland security were prompted to suggest reforms and propose new laws to ensure H-1B visas are awarded to the most skilled or highest paid beneficiaries. In line with these developments, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the......
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Fakhoury Global Immigration | USA | 22 Feb 2013

Immigration reform bill may see big changes for business visas

In recent weeks a bi-partisan draft Senate immigration bill has been circulated. If enacted this session, the bill will result in some major changes for H-1B and other business visas. This comprehensive immigration reform legislation promises to be the best chance for a substantial legislative reshaping of H-1B and immigration law for many years.
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Fakhoury Global Immigration | Brazil, USA | 8 Jun 2012

Department of State beefs up consular services in Brazil

The Department of State has announced plans to open two new consulates in Belo Horizante and Porto Alegre, Brazil, which the White House said are important economic and cultural centres for the states of Minas Gerais and Rio Grande do Sul. To address immediate growth in demand, the department is sending dozens of consular officers to Brazilian posts to adjudicate visa applications.
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Fakhoury Global Immigration | USA | 1 Jun 2012

USCIS implements first stage of electronic forms filing system

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it has commenced operating its online filing portal for immigration applications. The Electronic Immigration System is the first operational stage in the USCIS transformation programme that intends to take the application process into a paperless, web-based environment.
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Fakhoury Global Immigration | USA | 25 May 2012

Injunction blocks implementation of 2012 H-2B final rule

The Northern District of Florida recently granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against implementation of the new H-2B programme. The injunction was issued in a case brought on the grounds that the Department of Labour had overstepped its authority by requiring companies to provide immigrant workers hired for low-skilled jobs with wage guarantees and travel reimbursements.
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Fakhoury Global Immigration | USA | 30 Mar 2012

New H-1B guidelines offer limited relief from Neufeld memo burdens

US Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued revised H-1B guidelines that modify the January 2010 Neufeld memo. That memo amounted to a major rule change without formal publication. The new question and answer guidelines lift the requirement for end-user memos, while leaving most of the rest of the Neufeld memo intact.
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Fakhoury Global Immigration | USA | 16 Mar 2012

USCIS data reveals high denial rates for L-1 and H-1B petitions

New data obtained from US Citizenship and Immigration Services reveals that the agency has dramatically increased denials of L-1 and H-1B petitions over the past four years, with much of the increase involving Indian-born professionals. These high denial rates are harming the competitiveness of US employers and encouraging companies to keep more jobs and resources outside the United States.
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Fakhoury Global Immigration | USA | 10 Feb 2012

Consular procedure - an update

When a petitioning company becomes the focus of an immigration investigation, often one of the first outward signs of compliance problems is that its employees will be issued vague letters from the consul citing "inadequate evidence to support issuance of the visa". In such an instance it is essential for an attorney to make a formal inquiry to try to determine the reason for the letter and......
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