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Trump’s Crack-Down on H-1B Visas

It is no secret that the Trump Administration wants to reform the H-1B visa program to limit H-1B visas to only the most highly skilled and highly paid foreign workers.  President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, issued this past April, stated as much.  Similarly, Trump has fully supported the RAISE Act, which would


Premium Processing Available for All H-1B Petitions

USCIS announced that it will now accept premium processing for all H-1B petitions starting on October 3, 2017. The Trump Administration had temporarily suspended premium processing for H-1B petitions during the H-1B cap processing in April of 2017. During the summer of 2017, USCIS had slowly started to accept premium processing for some – but


Trump Makes It Harder to Get F-1 Student Visas

In August, the Department of State (DOS) changed the existing guidance in its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) to make it harder for applicants to obtain F-1 student visas. The manual now contains stricter language directing consular officers abroad to assess the F-1 visa applicant’s plans regarding departure from the United States upon completion of his