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State Dept.’s NVC Is Now Handling All Domestic Visa Inquiries

February 25, 2015

The National Visa Center (NVC) has begun handling all domestic email and telephone inquiries from the public on nonimmigrant and immigrant visa cases.

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USCIS Revises Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker

February 25, 2015

Starting on May 1, 2015, USCIS will accept only the October 23, 2014, edition of the I-129.

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State Dept. Anticipates Visa Number Movement in Some Employment-Based Categories

February 25, 2015

Forward movement is possible in some employment-based categories in the coming months.

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DHS Considers ‘Known Employer’ Program To Aid Business Travel

February 25, 2015

DHS expects to launch a pilot by late 2015 to test the program.

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DOL Announces 2015 H-2A Adverse Effect Wage Rates

February 25, 2015

The 2015 AEWRs, broken down by state, range from a low of $10 (Alabama) to a high of $13.59 (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota).

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USCIS Adds Five Countries To H-2A, H-2B Visa Program Participation

February 25, 2015

The Czech Republic, Denmark, Madagascar, Portugal, and Sweden were added to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs for the coming year.

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President Announces Thaw in Relations with Cuba

February 25, 2015

The measures President Obama announced included, among other things, initiating discussions to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, and facilitating an expansion of travel.

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Employment Authorization Granted to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants Seeking Employment-Based Lawful Permanent Residence

February 24, 2015

The change will be effective May 26, 2015.

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FTC Warning to Brain and Fitness App and Software Makers: Game / App Must Remove Unscientific Claims of Memory and Mental Fitness Improvement

January 27, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has signaled its willingness to regulate and scrutinize claims of improved physical and mental fitness made by software and app makers.

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It’s H-1B Filing Season … Don’t Miss the Opener on April 1, 2015

January 20, 2015

USCIS will start accepting H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2016 (October 1, 2015-September 30, 2016) on April 1, 2015. Only 65,000 H-1Bs are issued each fiscal year.

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