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WR Immigration Partners, Naveen Rahman Bhora and Avi Friedman, Present with the APPNA YPC

On April 14th, WR Immigration partnered with the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) Young Physicians Committee (YPC) to present to a group of recently graduated medical school students. Topics ranged from nonimmigrant visa options to consular processing to trends in U.S. immigration. Reception to the presentation was excellent and was […]

7 Years for a “Special” Form I-526 Approval

On April 14, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) approved our former client, Mr.  Zhang’s, Form I-526 – Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur.  His case had been pending since December 2013.  This is a special Form I-526 approval, as Mr. Zhang was one of the two named plaintiffs in Zhang v. USCIS et al.¸ […]

Immigration Update

More news this month about visa processing backlogs as well as news from Washington DC about the refugee cap, and more. State Dept. Releases FAQ on Immigrant Visa Backlog and Consular Processing The Department of State has recently issued an FAQ on the immigrant visa backlog and consular processing. The FAQ notes that the immigrant […]

New Digital Platform: Working in Belgium

A digital platform, “Working in Belgium,” intended to facilitate the filing and processing of applications, will be launched soon after a test phase. The Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement has an impact on UK business visitors: some activities are work permit-exempt. Finally, this article summarizes the main changes to the Flanders work/single permit legislation that […]

CANADA: New COVID-19 Travel Rules

A digital platform, “Working in Belgium,” intended to facilitate the filing and processing of applications, will be launched soon after a test phase. The Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement has an impact on UK business visitors: some activities are work permit-exempt. Finally, this article summarizes the main changes to the Flanders work/single permit legislation that […]

Global Mobility Issues: Tips for Avoiding Delays at Ports of Entry

Corporate executives who travel internationally and return to the United States frequently may want to qualify for a “Trusted Traveler” program like Global Entry. It is advisable to avoid pitfalls that would hamper the ability to come and go easily. As we inch toward the days when international travel will open up once again, considering […]

Immigration Update

In this issue, you will find updates from the DOS regarding visa services guidance and slightly expanded national interest exceptions for the regional COVID travel bans. Both are good news. CBP reminds us what documents a resident will need to board a plane returning to the U.S. and Vice President Kamala Harris will lead efforts […]

Top Immigration Pain Points for Employees

Employees have plenty to worry about under routine circumstances. The work ahead of them, relationships, family… we all have common threads that create anxiety. Add immigration to the mix, and the emotional burden can increase significantly. Employees and the global mobility teams they rely on are tasked with navigating an entirely different system that underlies […]

I-829 Processing Times Have Run Amok

USCIS is reporting online that the estimated processing time for a Form I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status at Immigrant Investor Program Office is now 37 to 248 months.  USCIS is only allowing case inquiries for cases filed before August 6, 2000.  This is preposterous, especially considering that USCIS is […]

Updated Travel Advisory – April 2021

Travel guidance has changed in the past few months due to surges in COVID-19 infections and a change in the administration. This advisory provides updates to travel bans and protocols, updates to National Interest Exceptions (NIE) for the Schengen area, and an overview on how to obtain a nonimmigrant visa appointment when requesting an NIE […]

‘Dreamers’ and Farmworker Bills Pass House; Fate in Senate Uncertain

On March 18, 2021, two bills that would create a legalization pathway for “Dreamers” and for farmworkers (H-2A temporary agricultural workers) received bipartisan support and passed in the House of Representatives. Passage in the Senate is uncertain, however. According to observers, prospects for both bills in their current form seem dim. Some believe that the […]

Global Update: Belgium

A change in legislation, published in the Belgian Official Journal on January 26, 2020, and effective January 27, 2021, is having substantial consequences for EU/Schengen travel to Belgium. Between January 27, 2021, and March 1, 2021, all non-essential travel was forbidden for all those whose main place of residence is located abroad. The Belgian State […]