USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap (USCIS, Apr. 10): USCIS announced that it received approximately 172,500 H-1B petitions during the FY2015 filing period and completed the computer-generated random selection process on April 10, 2014, to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption.
White House Fact Sheet: Strengthening Entrepreneurship At Home and Abroad (White House, Apr. 7): The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon publish several proposed rules that will make the United States more attractive to talented foreign entrepreneurs and other high-skill immigrants who will contribute substantially to the U.S. economy, create jobs, and enhance American innovative competitiveness. These proposed regulations include rules authorizing employment for spouses of certain high-skill workers on H-1B visas, as well as enhancing opportunities for outstanding professors and researchers. Continue reading
A Senate bill would allow Hong Kong to be considered for the U.S. visa waiver program, facilitating entry for residents of this special administrative region of China.
But Congress may not be willing to pass the bill in light of Hong Kong’s 2013 decision to let NSA leaker Edward Snowden depart for Moscow despite a pending U.S. extradition request. Continue reading
USCIS delays in adjudicating “stand-alone” Forms I-130, Petitions for Alien Relatives, on behalf of immediate relatives have been widely criticized. Processing times peaked at an abysmal 13+ months in October 2013. By November, USCIS promised “concerted efforts” to bring down processing times. And as of now, USCIS is reporting processing times have been brought back into control. They’re at 5 to 6+ months depending on the USCIS office. That’s approaching USCIS’ 5-month goal. Continue reading
Germany’s public broadcaster, ARD, has a story on Chinese birth tourism to the U.S. Karin Dohr interviewed attorney Gary Chodorow for the story. Chodorow says that birth tourism can put couples at risk if they misrepresent the purprose of their visit to the U.S. Consulate when applying for a visa or to U.S. Customs when entering the country: Continue reading
Jesse Konrad, a Canadian student studying abroad in China, is seeking crowdfunding to pay a fine for overstaying his visa. Continue reading
New visa laws and air pollution make it increasingly difficult to attract and retain foreign talent, according to the American Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Business Climate Survey Report. Continue reading
China Exit-Entry Bureau specifications for travel document photographs are here.
Nominations for Friendship Awards (友谊奖) are due by April 18. The awards, granted by China’s State Administration for Foreign Expert Affairs, will be conferred as part of the celebrations for National Day (Oct. 1). Continue reading
In New York’s Chinatown, it’s ”widely believed … that the pews are full of as many nonbelievers as true believers.” Many congregants are at church to collect “attendance receipts” to help prove their Christian faith to asylum officers, reports the New York Times. Continue reading
What are the tax and visa issues that arise when an expat working in China is paid partly from the China entity’s payroll and partly from the foreign payroll? The China Law Blog has an insightful post on this. Continue reading