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Immigration Update

In this edition, find out more about the USCIS’ clarifying guidance on classifying O-1 nonimmigrants as a person of extraordinary achievement in Arts or Motion Pictures and Television, the USCIS holding a listening session on L petition adjudications, the USCIS’ plans for an e-Verify records disposal on April 1, 2022, and more. USCIS Issues Guidance […]

MLK’s Legacy in Our Professional Lives

MLK Day celebrates the life work and contributions of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., America’s great civil rights activist and leader. Dr. King is remembered as a visionary thinker, wordsmith, and leader who played a pivotal role in dismantling institutionalized racism. His powerful, non-violent activism targeted the segregation of schools and public facilities, barriers to voting rights, as well as the moral fabric of a country that permitted bigoted attitudes and laws. On December 10th, 1964, Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his “non-violent struggle […]

February 2022 Visa Bulletin Update

USCIS to Use Date for Filing for Adjustment Cases The Department of State has issued its February 2022 Visa Bulletin, which includes some modest advancement in final action dates in the EB-2 preference category, particularly for India.  Final action dates for China EB-2 will advance over a month to March 1, 2019, while final action dates for India EB-2 will advance nearly six months to […]

WR Immigration Partner Charina Garcia Elected Co-President of Filipina Women’s Network

WR Immigration proudly recognizes Partner Charina Garcia, who was elected Co-President of the Foundation for Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) yesterday. In a joint statement, Charina Garcia and fellow co-president, Genevieve Jopanda, said, “FWN is the leading resource for Filipina Women globally. We believe that empowered women empower women. Through valuing, embracing, and weaving our narratives, […]

I-9 Form Update: COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Temporary Policies, Employer Tips

The E-Verify program has issued a potentially confusing array of temporary policies related to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic over a period of several years. Below is a summary of selected changes and employer tips related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Physical Document Inspection Flexibilities Extended The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) […]

EB-5 Investor Program — January 2022 Update

Yesterday, the U.S. government filed an “Unopposed Motion for Voluntary Dismissal” in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on their appeal of a June 2021 decision of a lower district court that invalidated the implementation of the November 2019 EB-5 Modernization Rule. That rule had raised the minimum investment amount from $1 […]

Travel Q&A: Know the Latest Before Traveling as Pandemic’s Effects Continue

Due to the ongoing pandemic, including the rapid worldwide spread of the new “Omicron” variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, along with risks from the continuing Delta variant, the situation for international travelers remains in a state of flux. Among the ongoing concerns are varying country and local conditions that affect consular posts’ ability […]

E-2 Treaty Investor Update: Asia Leads in Latest Statistics

Although more than 80 countries have E treaties, recently released statistics show that a relative few use most of the visas. Worldwide, in fiscal year (FY) 2020, the nonimmigrant visa workload for E-2s was 26,759, with 23,493 issued and 3,266 refused. Japan was the country with the most E-2 visa approvals in FY 2020 by […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, find out more about the USCIS extending flexibilities for responding to certain agency requests, the State Department’s proposal to raise consular service fees for nonimmigrant and special visas, restrictions on travelers from Southern African countries lifted, and more. USCIS Extends Flexibilities for Responding to Certain Agency Requests U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services […]

DHS Extends I-9 Flexibility for Pandemic-Related Remote Work: Employer Takeaways and Tips

Due to ongoing pandemic-related concerns, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended to April 30, 2022, the flexibility policy in complying with certain physical inspection requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The flexibility policy previously was set to expire on December 31, 2021. Below is a summary of the background, related guidance, […]

H-1B Cap Season Begins, What to Expect

At WR Immigration, we are committed to partnering with our clients so they can stay ahead of the curve on the H-1B process. Our goal is to make immigration easier for you and to streamline your global mobility program. As a part of this commitment, we are constantly adding to our client resources, including our […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, find out more about the current state of the immigration provisions of the social spending bill, DHS’ extension of I-9 flexibility, the DHS’ announcement of suspension of employment authorization requirements for some F-1 students from Hong Kong, and more. Immigration Provisions of Social Spending Bill in Limbo as Senate Democrats Struggle With […]