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SSA Resumes Issuing No-Match Letters
Enforcement of Unlawful Presence Memo Targeting International Students Temporarily Blocked by Federal Judge
USCIS Expands Fee Payment Changes to Additional Field Offices
E-2 Investor Visa Program Opened to Israelis May 1
USCIS Responds to Congressional Letter Asking for Info on Backlog Causes
- USCIS did not anticipate that filings would remain steady in FY 2017 following the implementation of the new fees in December 2016 and the presidential election in November 2016. For example, after the presidential election, naturalization filings did not decrease. The increase in filings therefore outpaced the agency’s capacity to complete processing applications within the time goals.
- Additional interview requirements resulting from new programs/policies led to increased workloads, security checks, and overall processing times.
- It appears that increased processing times may have been the result of USCIS changing its “focus for employee evaluations to the quality of their work product and away from numerical case production metrics.”
- USCIS experienced hiring constraints due to budget concerns. There was also a lag in productivity concerning newly recruited officers as they needed time to ramp up on training.
President Issues Memo on Combating Nonimmigrant Overstay Rates
- Visa overstay rates are “unacceptably high for nationals of certain countries.”
- The Secretary of State will “engage with the governments of countries with a total overstay rate greater than 10 percent in the combined B-1 and B-2…visa category,” with a goal of identifying conditions that contribute to “those overstay rates and methods to address those conditions.”
- Recommended measures to combat visa overstay include:
- “Suspending or limiting entry of nationals of those countries who hold B-1 or B-2 visas;”
- Imposing “targeted suspension of visa issuance for certain nationals; limits to duration of admission;” and
- Enforcing “additional documentary requirements.”
- Measures may be developed for imposing “admission bonds” to improve compliance with the terms/conditions of visas.
USCIS Ending Forms Request Line June 1
Visa Bulletin Shows Slight Forward Progress in Some Backlogged Preference Categories
New USCIS Policy Guidance Clarifies Marijuana-Related Activities Bar on Naturalization
State Dept. Issues Final Rule on “Discontinuing” Granting Visas When Country is Sanctioned
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Announces New Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention, New CBP Commissioner
Attorney General’s Decision Opens Door to Indefinite Detention of Asylum Seekers
DHS Secretary Forced Out; Others May Leave in Trump Purge
USCIS Completes H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2020, Reaches Advanced Degree Exemption Cap
Some POEs Refusing Canadian L-1 Renewal/Extension Petitions Under NAFTA
DHS Increases Greece’s ESTA Validity Period to Two Years
U.S. Embassy in Israel to Accept E-2 Visa Applications Based on Investment
Appeals Court Temporarily Blocks Order to Stop Trump ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy for Asylum Seekers
New Study Shows Companies Pay Billions in Job Training, Scholarships for U.S. Students Through H-1B Fees
USCIS Launches Data Hub on H-1B Employers
Brazil to Allow Visa-Exempt Travel for Australian, Canadian, Japanese, and U.S. Citizens
USCIS Proposes to Revise Fee Waiver Requirements
USCIS Publishes Notices on Extension of Liberian DED ‘Wind-Down’ Period, EADs
USCIS Outlines Changes in InfoPass Appointment Process, Reducing In-Person Support
Foreign Nationals Serving in U.S. Military Challenge Trump Administration
Corporate Immigration for U.S. Citizens to Colombia
Colombia has been facilitating migration processes in recent years to encourage individuals from different countries to do business and make investments in Colombia. With the increase of foreigners, Colombia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has created immigration statuses to allow them to stay and/or engage in various types of activities.
U.S. nationals may enter Colombia with an entry and stay permit (PIP), which is granted for 90 days and may be extended for another 90 days. This permit is obtained upon entering Colombia and is granted to those foreign individuals who wish to attend conferences or meetings, assist in trainings, participate in job interviews, or provide urgent technical assistance.
When the activities to be performed in Colombia take longer than 180 days or require specific conditions such as concluding a local contract, U.S. nationals may request a visa, which will authorize the person to enter and remain for up to 2 or 3 years in the national territory depending on the type of visa. When a visa is required for a stay of more than 180 days and the activities to be performed are business-related, the foreign national can opt for a business visitor visa. If the foreign national will be working in Colombia, a local contract likely will be required to obtain a migrant work visa. A foreign individual interested in obtaining an investment visa must make a foreign direct investment of 100 to 600 times the Colombian monthly legal minimum wage, which means approximately $26,000 to $174,000 USD.
New Publications and Items of Interest
IMAGE forum and training. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement held the 2019 IMAGE Forum and Training, a day of free training on the IMAGE (ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers) program, Form I-9, how to establish an immigration compliance program, proper hiring procedures, detecting fraudulent documents, the use of E-Verify, and antidiscrimination procedures. The training was held on May 1, 2019, in Orlando, Florida. For more information, see https://www.ice.gov/webform/image-forum-and-training-series#wcm-survey-target-id.
Immigrant and Employee Rights webinars. The Department of Justice’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section is offering free webinars to the public. The webinars are for workers, employers, and advocates. For more information or to register, see https://www.justice.gov/crt/webinars.
Government Agency Links
Follow these links to access current processing times of the USCIS Service Centers and the Department of Labor, and the Department of State’s latest Visa Bulletin with the most recent cut-off dates for visa numbers: