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

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

By uscis.gov 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, 2022. Effective […]

Additional 65,000 Visas for FY 2023 Will Help Address the Need for Seasonal Workers and Reduce Irregular Migration

Additional 65,000 Visas for FY 2023 Will Help Address the Need for Seasonal Workers and Reduce Irregular Migration

WASHINGTON: On October 12, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of Labor (DOL), announced that it will be issuing a regulation that will make available to employers an additional 64,716 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year (FY) 2023, on top of the 66,000 H-2B visas that are normally […]

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 […]

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 […]

Clarke, Meng, Torres, Issue Joint Statement Urging Secretary Antony Blinken to Amend the Diversity Visa Program

Clarke, Meng, Torres, Issue Joint Statement Urging Secretary Antony Blinken to Amend the Diversity Visa Program

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) joined by Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06), Congressman Ritchie Torres (NY-15), and 46 of their colleagues, sent a letter to Secretary Antony Blinken urging him to either rescind or amend the Diversity Visa Program and remove the unnecessary restrictions of the Passport Rule: “The Diversity Visa Program was […]