Immigration Alert: New U.S. Entry Requirement for Chinese Nationals with 10-Year B Visa

On November 29, 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implemented a requirement for all individuals with a passport issued by the People’s Republic of China and bearing a 10-year maximum validity B-1 (visitor for business), B-2 (visitor for pleasure), or combination B-1/B-2 visa to have a valid Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) enrollment before
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Immigration Alert: Reminder to Plan Ahead for International Travel during the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be a hectic time for international travel.  Airports, Consulates and ports of entry are exceptionally busy due to the large number of travelers, visa applicants and increased security measures.  We encourage corporate human resource personnel, business travelers, and foreign national employees to take proactive steps and plan ahead to minimize the
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Immigration Alert – Reminder: Canada New Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Program

In 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) introduced an Electronic Travel Authorization (“eTA”) Program. The eTA program objective is to establish a uniform process to screen visa-exempt foreign nationals prior to travel to Canada, in order to identify security threats prior to arrival in North America. The eTA program is modelled after the Electronic System
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Immigration Alert: Immigration Filing Fee Increases

On October 24, 2016, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published its final rule regarding fee changes for immigration related-filings. The rule will take effect on December 23, 2016. Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new fees. Under this new rule, DHS is increasing fees
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New I-94 Website & Record Format

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) recently released a new format for the Form I-94 retrieval website and I-94 document records. On the CBP website, users can retrieve electronic Form I-94s and view their travel history including U.S. arrivals and departures. While the formats of the website and the electronic Form I-94 record have changed,
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Immigration Alert: FY2018 Diversity Visa Lottery

What is the Diversity Visa Lottery? The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of State, permits up to 50,000 diversity immigrant visas to be granted for fiscal year 2018 to persons from countries with low immigration rates to the United States. Foreign nationals are selected for eligibility to file an
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Immigration Alert: Reminders for H-1Bs with October 1, 2016 Start Date

H-1B Cap-subject petitions filed and approved for Fiscal Year 2017 will take effect on or after October 1, 2016. Change of Status Filings: For H-1B Cap petitions that were filed as “change of status” effective October 1, 2016, the beneficiary’s status will change from the current nonimmigrant status to H-1B on October 1, 2016, if
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Immigration Alert: Global Entry Expands to Include all U.K. Citizens

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a Federal Register notice announcing an expansion of Global Entry program eligibility to all citizens of the U.K., effective as of 7/12/2016. Previously, only a limited pilot program allowed certain U.K. citizens to apply for Global Entry. Once a U.K. citizen is enrolled in Global Entry, he/she will
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Global Alert – United Kingdom/European Union: Freedom of Movement for European Union Nationals Remains in Effect

On June 24, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU). Pursuant to Article 50 of the EU Treaty, the British government must notify the EU of its withdrawal. Notification is not expected before a new Prime Minister is selected, and once commenced, separation procedures are expected to take at least two
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Gibney Attorneys to Speak at American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Conference

Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty LLP’s Partner Houman Afshar and Associate Zarina Syed will be speaking at the 2016 American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Annual Conference, being held in Las Vegas, Nevada from June 22-26. Mr. Afshar will be speaking on PERM Labor Certification matters, “Completing ETA Form 9141, ETA Form 9089, and Form I-140: A Practical
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