U.S. Imposes Fresh Restrictions on Cuban Officials Ahead of Protest Anniversary

U.S. Imposes Fresh Restrictions on Cuban Officials Ahead of Protest Anniversary

Miami, FL, United States – July 11, 2021: Cuban Exiles Rally at Versailles Restaurant in Miami’s Little Havana in Support of Protesters in Cuba. (Shutterstock) By Reuters WASHINGTON/HAVANA, July 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department announced visa restrictions on Saturday against 28 Cuban officials that it said were implicated in a crackdown on largely […]

State Department Denies Substantial Percentage of Employer-Sponsored Immigrant Visas

State Department Denies Substantial Percentage of Employer-Sponsored Immigrant Visas

By Leslie Dellon, Immigration Impact Surprising data recently revealed that consular officers denied applicants for employer-sponsored immigrant visas at a far higher rate than U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers denied green cards to employer-sponsored applicants. Data analyzed by the Cato Institute shows that since Fiscal Year 2008, USCIS denied about 8% of employer-sponsored […]

Congress Ends Months of Uncertainty for Immigrant Investors in Regional Centers

Congress Ends Months of Uncertainty for Immigrant Investors in Regional Centers

Washington, DC., USA, January 3, 2017 Members of the 115th congress and their families mingle on the house floor while attending the joint session on the opening day of the current session. (Shutterstock) By Leslie Dellon, Immigration Impact For more than 8 months, noncitizens with approved immigrant petitions for investments in regional centers have been […]

Delays at USCIS Will Hamper Biden’s Actions to Help Foreign Workers and Students in STEM Fields

Delays at USCIS Will Hamper Biden’s Actions to Help Foreign Workers and Students in STEM Fields

By Leslie Dellon, Immigration Impact The Biden administration recently announced four actions intended to improve immigration “pathways” for noncitizens in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. However, these changes are constrained by the delays at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and congressional limits on immigrant visa numbers. These actions include: Early Career STEM […]

State Department Waives Fees for Immigrants Denied Visas Due to the Muslim Ban

State Department Waives Fees for Immigrants Denied Visas Due to the Muslim Ban

The Muslim Women’s contingent at the 2019 Women’s March demonstrating against the Muslim Ban and for women’s rights. – Washington/USA – January 19, 2019 (Shutterstock) By Kate Goettel, The Immigrant’s Journal The State Department announced a new rule that will waive fees for visa applicants who were denied because of the Muslim and refugee ban. […]

Biden to Make 20,000 Additional Guest-Worker Visas Available This Winter Amid Labor Shortages

Biden to Make 20,000 Additional Guest-Worker Visas Available This Winter Amid Labor Shortages

By Priscilla Alvarez, CNN The Biden administration will make an additional 20,000 seasonal, guest-worker visas available for the winter season for the first time, the Department of Homeland Security announced Monday. DHS has previously upped the number of available visas for the summer season, which is among the busiest for bringing in workers, citing labor […]

DHS Announces Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

DHS Announces Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State (DOS), has announced the lists of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs in the next year. The notice listing the eligible countries will be published in the Federal Register on Nov. 10, 2021. For the next […]

Changing Cut Off Dates Leave India EB-3 Applicants in an Immigration Limbo

Changing Cut Off Dates Leave India EB-3 Applicants in an Immigration Limbo

By Leslie Dellon, Immigration Impact Annual limits on immigrant visa numbers, combined with processing delays and wasted numbers, mean even longer waits for people to become U.S. permanent residents. In November, the “cut off” date for visa eligibility retrogressed (moved backward in time) for people born in India who are in the employment-based (EB) third […]