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Heightened Screening and Vetting Could Mean More Visa Delays and Denials

On March 17, 2017, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a diplomatic cable instructing consular officials around the world to immediately increase the screening of applicants for all types of visas to the United States. The cable is the first step in implementing President Trump’s “Presidential Memorandum on Implementing Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications


USCIS to Halt Premium Processing of H1-B Visas for Up to Six Months

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it will suspend expedited processing of visas for skilled workers in specialty occupations.  The suspension will start on April 3, 2017, and last up to six months.  Premium processing allows for an H1-B visa petition to be adjudicated within 15 days of filing, for a fee