Tag Archives: Mexico

July 2017 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State (DOS) released the July 2017 Visa Bulletin. The final action dates for Chinese and Indian nationals in the employment-based, first preference (EB-1) category remain unchanged with cutoff dates of Jan. 1, 2012.  It is expected that this EB-1 retrogression for China and India will last until October 2017 when the new fiscal … Continue Reading

March 2017 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State’s (DOS) March 2017 Visa Bulletin showed some minor movement in some employment-based categories, with more significant movement in other employment-based visa categories. The Worldwide EB-1 category remains current for all categories, including individuals born in mainland China, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, and the Philippines. The cutoff date for worldwide … Continue Reading

Summary of President Trump’s Jan. 25, 2017 Immigration-Related Executive Orders

On Jan. 25, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed two Executive Orders impacting U.S. immigration which are summarized below. Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements This Order addresses the recent surge of immigration by foreign nationals without proper documentation at the United States’ southern border with Mexico. The Order directs the government’s “executive … Continue Reading

November 2016 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State released the November Visa Bulletin, which contains some movement of final action dates in certain employment-based categories. The Worldwide EB1-1 category remains current for all categories, including individuals born in mainland China, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico and the Philippines. The cutoff date for worldwide chargeability in the EB-2 category … Continue Reading

Department of State Issues October 2016 Visa Bulletin

This week, the Department of State released the Visa Bulletin for October 2016. EB-5 Unfortunately, the expected movement as the U.S. government begins a new fiscal year did not materialize for the EB-5 visa category. The date for final action for the EB-5 visa category for mainland China born applicants advanced only one week from … Continue Reading

September 2016 Visa Bulletin Released

This week, the Department of State released the Visa Bulletin for September 2016. Given that visa numbers are issued based on the government fiscal year, we expect to see significant movement again in October 2016; for September 2016, the last month of FY2016, there were only minor changes with regard to movement of final action … Continue Reading

July 2016 Visa Bulletin Released – Projections include EB-1 Cutoff Date for China and India, Slow EB-2 and EB-3 Movement, EB-4 Backlogs for Latin America to ease, and EB-5 China to advance slightly.

This week, the Department of State (DOS) has released the July 2016 Visa Bulletin. We are three months from the end of the fiscal year and the dwindling visa numbers remaining are likely to bring about tepid advancement in many employment-based categories before October. This Bulletin brings several particular items of note relating to the … Continue Reading

June 2016 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State (DOS) has released the June 2016 Visa Bulletin that includes the “Application Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications.” For both family-sponsored and employment-based filings, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) website indicates that the Application Final Action Dates chart must be used for May 2016. Please see … Continue Reading

Department of State Issues May 2016 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has released the May 2016 Visa Bulletin with the Application Final Action Date chart for employment-based applications which reflects some modest movement for some applicants. The second and third preference categories for China-mainland born applicants had no movement. The second and third preference categories for India move ahead a few weeks to Nov. … Continue Reading

The Department of Homeland Security Announces Agreement with Canada and Mexico to Create North American Trusted Traveler Network that will Facilitate Travel for Eligible Travelers

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has signed a trilateral agreement with its counterparts Public Safety Canada and the Secretariat of Governance of Mexico to create a North American Trusted Traveler program that will permit pre-approved, low-risk travelers to participate in expedited screening programs at international airports to facilitate travel across the continent. Under the … Continue Reading

State Department Shifting E-1 and E-2 Visa Processing Locations in Mexico to Provide Applicants with Higher Levels of Service

Due to recent increases in overall visa applications, the State Department has announced changes to the nonimmigrant E visa application process in Mexico. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City will not process nonimmigrant E visa applications received on or after July 7, 2015. All E-1 treaty trader visa applications received in Applicant Service Centers on … Continue Reading

Canada Encourages Business and Tourist Travel from Mexico, India and Brazil

Seeking to increase business and tourist traffic from economically booming countries, Canada is expediting its visa process for certain visitors from Mexico, India and Brazil. Canada has implemented the CAN+ expedited visa processing program this year in Mexico, India and Brazil for applicants who have visited Canada or the U.S. in the past 10 years. … Continue Reading

Global Immigration Series – Doing Business in Mexico: A Second Look at Visas, or Lack Thereof

Sending employees on international assignment is a strategic business decision for many companies. While often necessary to compete in the global marketplace, employees abroad may bring hidden and unknown risk. This series will identify various considerations in several countries and discuss proactive measures that employers may implement. The first post, prepared by Rebecca Schechter and … Continue Reading

The Winds of Immigration Reform Blow Again – Part 1

At the time of this writing, immigration reform is front and center in media and policy circles in Washington, D.C. The U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Boehner has announced that his side of the Congress "basically" has a deal on immigration. The bipartisan Senate group (gang of eight) just announced its principles for comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) and the president is set to announce his CIR plan as well.… Continue Reading
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