Updates

Increase in RFEs and H1B Denials under Trump Administration

According to a new report by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), the number of H-1B visa denials and Requests for Evidence (RFEs) has increased significantly soon after President Trump issued the “Buy America.....

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DHS Proposed Rule on B Category Visas

The United States ‘B’ Category Visa allows foreign nationals to enter the U.S. on a temporary, limited basis to engage in legitimate business activities provided that they are not receiving remuneration from a U.S. sou.....

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Uncertainty Increases for Students Aspiring for H-1B Visas

Earlier this year, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made two radical changes affecting foreign students – (1) one pertaining to the calculation of unlawful presence for students; and (2) the sec.....

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Proposal to Revoke H-4 Work Permit getting Final Touches

The move to repeal work authorisation to certain categories of H-4 visa holders is in final stages, the Trump administration has told a US court, a decision that could hit tens of thousands of Indians.  An H-4 visa is a visa.....

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Alterations to Immigration policy for Foreign Students and Exchange Visitors

According to the recently released policy memorandum by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), unlawful presence of foreign students and exchange visitors entering the U.S. in valid F, J and M status will be calcul.....

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French Consulates Adopts new System for Visa Appointments

The French Government has introduced a new system called France-visas for scheduling visa appointment.  France-visas is a portal which contains the detailed information about the visa application process. It guides the applic.....

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E-FRRO Services Extended in India

The Bureau of Immigration, India on February 12, 2018 announced the launch of 'e-Services' for all foreign nationals residing within the jurisdictions of Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai FRROs. As on.....

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Transformation of the Immigration System under Trump

We have been evidencing constant changes in the U.S. immigration policy ever since the presidency of Donald Trump. Most of the policies are not welcoming to immigrants despite the U.S. being “A Nation of Immigrants”.&n.....

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USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2019

The USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) has announced on April 6, 2018, that the H-1B cap limit for the fiscal year 2019 has been reached. This applies to both the 65,000 regular H-1B cap limit as well as the 20,000-.....

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The Trump Administration to Request Five Years of Social Media Information from All Applicants

The Trump administration is seeking to change the visa application rules for both non-immigrants and immigrants by requesting them to submit details of their previous phone numbers, email addresses, social media histories and inte.....

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H-1B Visa Application Process to Begin Today (April 2, 2018) for the Fiscal Year 2019

The USCIS (The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services), which is the federal agency that runs the H-1B program has opened its window to accept H-1B visa petitions for the fiscal year 2019 from April 2, 2018.  The.....

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The EB-5 Investor Visa Program Is Extended till September 30, 2018

On March 23, 2018, President Trump signed the bill giving EB-5 Investor Visa Program an extension till September 30, 2018. Investors can file the petition to obtain a green-card before September 30, 2018 by investing $ 500,000 in .....

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Premium Processing Will Be Suspended For H-1B Cap Petitions Fiscal Year 2019

On March 20, 2018, the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) announced that premium processing will be suspended for H-1B cap petitions for all FY 2019 cap-subject petitions, including individuals with a U.S. .....

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LawQuest Celebrates Womens Day on March 8, 2018

International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates womens' achievements while calling for gender equality at the same time.   LawQuest is a law firm unlike most others, where a majority of our team memb.....

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Changes in the Immigration Regime in India as on March 2018

Changes in the Immigration Regime in India as on March 2018 The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has recently made several amendments to the immigration regime in India.  Some of the important changes are provided below. Modi.....

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Changes in Polish Immigration Laws affecting Work Permit Applications

The Polish government recently with effect from January 1, 2018, implemented the following changes to laws pertaining to work permit applications. These changes have been explained below:  Employers are required to provide.....

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​Launch of E-Services for Foreign Nationals at Major FRROs​

The Bureau of Immigration, India has announced the launch of 'E-Services' for all foreign nationals residing within the jurisdictions of the following Foreigners Regional Registration Offices (FRROs): Mumbai FRRO;.....

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Warning about Fake Visa Websites

Of recent times, there have been numerous websites which are not authorized by the Government of India and have been soliciting e-visa seekers to apply for a visa through their online portal against a service fee thus leading to c.....

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Tips for preparing for the FY 2019 H-1B CAP Season

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be accepting H-1B CAP petitions for the federal fiscal year 2019 on April 2, 2018. The H-1B classification is reserved for “specialty occupations&rdqu.....

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Tech Giants Might Consider Investment Visa to Enter America

The American Immigration Consultants (Regional Centres) are pitching about the EB-5 visa program to Indian IT companies like TCS, Infosys and Wipro to move top executive to America. Traditionally, Indian IT companies send their e.....

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Poorvi will be a Speaker at the 2018 Las Vegas EB-5 & Global Investment Immigration Convention

Poorvi will be a speaker at the EB5 Investors Magazine’s 2018 Las Vegas EB-5 & Global Investment Immigration Convention, to be held from January 26-27, 2018 at the Bellagio Resort .....

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The UK To Introduce New Immigration Rules for International Students in 2018

The UK will introduce new immigration rules for international students from January 11, 2018.  With the introduction of the new rules, international students can easily switch over to work visa (Tier 2) from Tier 4 visa on c.....

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USCIS Says H-1B Visa Holder May Work for More Than One Employer with Approved I-129

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently tweeted that an H-1B visa holder may work for more than one employer provided they have approved I-129 for each employer. The H-1B visa is the.....

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64% of H-1B Petitions was approved for Extension of Stay or Change of Status During the Calendar Year 2014 Through 2016

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released an analytical report on the approved H-1B petitions for workers with the extension of stay or change of status for the calendar year 2014 through 2016. It wa.....

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Israel simplifies Visa Process for Indians

The Government of Israel has abridged the visa application procedure for Indians. Israeli Tourism Ministry India Director Hassan Madah said that this initiative has been taken to encourage more Indians to visit Israel, Tel Aviv. .....

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Proposal For 10-Year Bar on Australian Visa Applicants Providing False Information Discarded

In November 2017, the Australian Government had introduced new regulations that barred visa applicants from submitting new visa applications and entering Australia for a period of ten years if they provided false or misleading inf.....

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Indians living in Tibetan Refugee Colonies Entitled to Indian Passport

The Delhi High Court recently held that the Central Government ought not to deny passports to Indian citizens living in Tibetan refugee colonies. The decision was rendered in a writ petition filed by Tamding Dorjee, who was born t.....

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Musicians engaged in Unpaid showcase Performance eligible for U.S. B-1 Visa

An individual or musical group intending to appear in a showcase performance while in the U.S may qualify for a B-1 visa provided that the activity is more like an audition than a public performance before a paying audience and th.....

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Government of Iraq introduces new rules for Foreign Nationals filing late Visa Activation

Foreign nationals entering Iraq for work on a multiple-entry visa are required to complete visa activation procedures and medical tests at the earliest to avoid penalties and interruptions to the work permit process. The Governmen.....

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Data on Non-Immigrant Visa issued to Indians in last six months

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DOS) has released the data on the visa issued to Indians under the Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) category in last six months. The most popular NIVs amongst Indians are the B1/B2, H-1B, L-1, and.....

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US Consular Posts around the world face Technical Errors with Visa Processing System

Presently, members around the globe are confronting delays with processing of the visas due to technical issues in the system at various consular posts. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Department of State (DOS).....

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Visa to be issued to Parents of Pakistani boy apprehended by BSF: Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj, the External Affairs Minister of India announced to grant visa to the parents of a 12-year-old boy who is believed to be from Pakistan and is abandoned in Faridkot Observation Home, Punjab after being detained by th.....

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The Central Government directs to link 6 documents with Aadhaar card before the Deadline

The Central Government (CG) has directed to link Aadhaar Card with numerous services and documents to continue using them. The following are the list of documents that need to be linked to Aadhar Card:   PAN Card &nd.....

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U.S. Supreme Court allows Trump Administration to enforce Travel Ban

The United States (U.S.) Supreme Court in Washington allowed the travel ban by the Trump administration to go into effect even as legal challenges against it continue. The court’s orders mean that the administration can full.....

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U.S. Federal Court orders for the implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule

A U.S. district court judge recently ruled that the Trump administration could no longer delay the Obama administration era immigration rule designed to enable foreign entrepreneurs to temporarily stay in the U.S. under the Intern.....

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The UK Government to Welcome More International Students and Researchers

The UK government has decided to make the immigration rules much liberal, after considering the fall in the percentage of international students and researchers enrolling in the UK universities. In the past years, UK has noticed .....

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United States no longer part of Global Compact on Migration

The United States has withdrawn from participating in the United Nations (UN) global treaty on Migration, which will be adopted in 2018 to pledge to protect and preserve rights of migrants and refugees. President Donald Trump's a.....

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FAQs on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

1. What is the minimum amount of capital to be invested? For investment in “Targeted Employment Areas” (TEA) the minimum amount of capital to be invested is $ 500,000 (approx. INR 3.4 cr) and in areas&n.....

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Indians ranked second in acquiring US citizenship in the fiscal year 2016

According to recent data released by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. government conferred U.S. citizenship to 7.53 lakh individuals during the fiscal year 2016 (October 1,2015 to September 30,2016) out of which .....

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Saudi Arabia to introduce Tourist Visas from 2018

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced that it will start issuing Tourist Visas to foreign nationals from 2018. As stated by the Head of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Natural Heritage, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz,.....

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India-Russia Pact on Visa-Free Entry of Flight Crew

On November 21, 2017, an official of the Home Ministry revealed that India and Russia have signed a pact for permitting visa-free arrival of flight crew of chartered and scheduled flights between the two countries. As per the est.....

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Lack of Interest in Partner’s Religious Life Is Not a Ground for Denying ‘Partner Visa’: Federal Court of Australia

Recently, the Federal Court of Australia adjudicated upon a very important question in light of the worldwide increase in the number of immigrants, and the growing number of cross-cultural marriages: is a Partner Visa applicant&rs.....

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LawQuest Listed amongst the 10 Most Valuable Law Firms in 2017

LawQuest was listed by Insights Success amongst "The 10 Most Valuable Law Firms in 2017”.    .....

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Gratuity Ceiling Limit Increased for Private and Public-Sector Employees

With the introduction of the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in the Parliament, there is an increase in the ceiling limit of gratuity for employees in private and public sector, at par with the central government employ.....

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Government of UK to Freeze Bank Accounts of Illegal Immigrants

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that effective January 2018, banks and building societies in Britain will carry out UK visa status checks on over 70 million current accounts. The UK Government plans to freeze bank acco.....

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Government of UK Doubles Issue of Tier-1 Exceptional Talent Visas

As part of the UK government’s ongoing reforms to welcome talented people from across the globe, Prime Minister Theresa May, has announced to double the number of visas offered annually through the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent .....

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NRIs, PIOs and OCIs – are not required to Link Bank Account, PAN with Aadhaar

Good news for all Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs). The UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) elucidated that as most NRIs, PIOs, and OCIs are not .....

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Ten-Year Bar for Australian Visa Applicants Providing False Information

The Australian Government has introduced new rules that bar visa applicants from entering Australia for ten years if they provide false or misleading information in their visa applications or indulge in visa fraud. The new rules w.....

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Indians Visiting the UAE Under Visa-On-Arrival Cannot Change Status

With effect from November 2017, Indian nationals visiting the UAE under a 14-day visa-on-arrival cannot change their status to another visa type while in the UAE.  Those who wish to change their visa type after they have ente.....

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America – Still a Popular Destination among Indian Students!

On Monday, November 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of State Bureau Educational and Cultural Affairs along with the Institute of International Education, reported that Indian students account for 17.3 percent of the total number of .....

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Japan To Simplify Visa Rules for Indians by January 01, 2018

The Japanese Embassy to simplify visa application procedure for multiple-entry-visa for short-term stay for Indians by January next year. The applicant’s employment certificate and support letter will not be required when t.....

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New Policy Memo Provides Guidance on the L-1 ‘Function Manager’ Classification

The requirements to make a case for the L-1A ‘function manager’ classification are clearly spelled out in Matter of G-Inc., decided by the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO).  The November 8th Policy Memorandum i.....

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Poorvi Chothani receives the We Inspiration Award 2017

Poorvi was honored to receive the WE Inspiration Award presented at the ThinkBig 2017 Event, organized by WEConnect India International Association on November 13, 2017 in Gurgaon.  The 'We Inspiration' category is awarded to.....

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Proxy Voting Rights to NRIs

On November 8, 2017, the Central Government of India informed the Supreme Court of India that it proposes to grant “proxy voting” rights to Non-Residential Indians (NRIs) by amending the Representation of People’.....

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Provident Fund for Expatriates in India

Expatriates working in India were brought under the ambit of the country’s social security law – the Employees Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 (EPF Act) - in October 2008.  F.....

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The Proposal for Merit-Based Immigration to the USA

During his first address to the U.S. Congress in February 2017, President Donald Trump had emphasized on the need for a merit-based immigration system. The terrorist attack in New York City on October 31, 2017 has again given him .....

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Supreme Court Refuses Interim Stay on Linking of Aadhaar Card to Bank Accounts and Mobile Numbers

The Supreme Court on November 03, 2017 refused interim stay on the linking of Aadhaar Card to bank accounts and telecom service providers stating that the Constitution Bench is to decide on the validity of the matter on the ground.....

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Canada’s 3-Year Immigration Plan

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently announced its ambitious 3-year plan to admit approximately one million immigrants to Canada by 2020. As stated by Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, the aim of the plan .....

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Citizenship to Robots

Recently, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia made headlines with its act of granting honorary citizenship to Sophia, a humanoid robot. Though the move has been criticized for various social and ethical reasons, it certainly raises a ques.....

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Immigration Through Investment Program to Various Countries

Immigration of Indian nationals to foreign countries via various investor-visa programmes was not very popular until a few years ago.  Lately, increasing number of Indians are considering the option of immigration to countrie.....

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Indian IT Companies are the Biggest Consumers of L-1 Visas

According to data of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Indian IT giants became the biggest consumers of the non-immigrant work visa - L-1 visa - for the fiscal years 2015 and 2016.  L-1 visas ar.....

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USCIS Changes Deference Policy – Raises the Standard for Visa Extension Approvals

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new binding memo on October 23rd rescinding earlier policy that required officers to give deference to prior decisions, in processing nonimmigrant visa extension applica.....

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Trump’s Third Travel Ban Blocked Yet Again

President Trump’s latest travel ban which was set to take effect on October 18th, was blocked yesterday by a federal judge in Hawaii.  The latest ban imposed travel restrictions on citizens of Chad, North Korea, Venezue.....

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LawQuest Participated at the EB5 & Investment Immigration Expo held in Mumbai

Poorvi was a speaker on the "The Facts on Immigration Programs for Indian citizens" panel at the EB-5 Investors Magazine’s 2017 Mumbai EB-5 & Investment Immigration Expo held from October 4 .....

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Premium Processing Service Now Available for All H-1B Visa Petitions

On October 3, 2017, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had resumed Premium Processing Services, for all type of H-1B petitions, including the extension of stay petitions for the fi.....

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Consular Officers Grace LawQuest 2017 Diwali and Dance Party

LawQuest was delighted and honored to have the presence of various Consular Officers at their Diwali & Dance Party on October 7, 2017.  It was truly a pleasure to dance and dine with Consular Officers from the B.....

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Indian Investors Rush to Apply as the EB-5 Program Extended to December 8, 2017

Under the EB-5 program, increasing number of Indian nationals are shelling out half a million US dollars in order to get themselves and their families permanent residence status in the US, and eventually American citizenship. .....

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New Citizenship Residence Criteria in Canada from October 2017

Recent amendments by the Government of Canada to the Citizenship Act which came into effect on June 19, 2017 has confirmed that additional alterations regarding criteria for Canadian citizenship will come into effect as on October.....

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Wives Deserted or Harassed by an NRI Spouse to Receive Aid of Up to USD 6,000

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) constituted a high-level committee headed by retired judge Arvind Kumar Goel to consider the legal challenges faced by women who are harassed or deserted by their Non – Resident Indian .....

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Changes in Hong Kong Visa Rules Make Travel Regulations Stricter for Indian Nationals

Due to increase in the number of foreign nationals seeking economic asylum in Hong Kong, Immigration Department’s Assistant Director, Ma Chi-Ming introduced an online registration platform for all Indian nationals planning t.....

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RFEs in H-1B Cases Increase by 45% in 2017

The number of RFEs (Request for Evidence) being issued by the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) has shot up by 45% this year as compared to the previous year.  An RFE is usually issued when any docume.....

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New U.S. Travel Restrictions Unveiled

President Trump signed a proclamation on Sunday, September 24, 2017, imposing new restrictions on entry to the U.S. on foreign nationals.  This proclamation will replace his prior travel ban which expired on September 24th. T.....

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Introduction to Electronic Travel Authorisation by Qatar

Recently at the UNWTO’s (United Nations World Tourism Organization) General Assembly which took place in Chengdu, China, Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) and Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) announced that the holders o.....

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Increased U.S. Employment Visa Scrutiny

Recently, the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) has been conducting site visits of U.S. employers using L-1B visas, as has been reported by Bloomberg BNA.  The L-1B visa is used for transferring forei.....

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Visitors to the U.S. Need to Beware of New Grounds

Foreign nationals visiting the U.S. can now be denied entry, or those already in the country can be asked to leave, on the basis of a new ground – if such individuals fail to follow through on their stated plans for three mo.....

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LawQuest at the Worldwide ERC Global Workforce Symposium in Chicago - September 27 - 29, 2017

LawQuest, a leading immigration firm from India, will be participating in Worldwide ERC®'s - Global Workforce Symposium in Chicago, from September 27 - 29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.  Worldwide&n.....

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Chakma, Hajong Refugees: Centre to urge Supreme Court to modify its 2015 order

The Union minister of state for Home, Kiren Rijiju stated that the Centre will urge the Supreme Court to modify its 2015 order of granting citizenship to Chakma, Hajong refugees in north east India without diluting the rights of t.....

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Premium Processing Services Resumed for H-1B Cap Cases

The USCIS has resumed premium processing for H-1B visa petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 from September 18, 2017. However, the USCIS has not yet resumed this service for H-1B extensions. As indicated by the USCIS on Septem.....

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Hope for the Young Undocumented DREAMers in America?

With the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA) program being wound down by March 2018, the U.S. Congress is under increased pressure to pass federal legislations to safeguard the interests of DACA recipients– the DREA.....

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Impact of “Buy-American Hire American” Executive Order on F-1 Students

The U.S. Department of State, in August 2017, made revisions to the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) pursuant to President Trump’s “Buy American Hire American” Executive Order (EO) of April 2017.    The FAM.....

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DACA Program to End in March 2018

On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after six months – on March 5, 2018.  The six-month period is intended to give the Cong.....

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In-Person Interviews for Green Card Applicants

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that effective October 1, 2017, applicants of employment based green cards will be required to attend an in-person interview during the I-485 (adjustment .....

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Supreme Court Puts ‘Triple Talaq’ on Pause

The Supreme Court of India, on August 22, 2017, struck down the Islamic practice of ‘triple talaq’ as being violative of the Indian Constitution, directing law makers to enact a new legislation.  The apex c.....

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AIESEC Sponsored Interns Will Now Have To Apply for an Intern Visa

The Indian government in March 2017, added a new visa category – the Intern Visa.  The Intern Visa is available to foreign nationals desiring to pursue internships with an educational institution, company or NGO in Indi.....

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President Trump Endorses Bill Aimed at Slashing Immigration

President Trump endorsed a new bill – the ‘Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (Raise) Act’ - aimed at cutting back legal immigration by 50% over a decade. The Bill, sponsored by Republican Senat.....

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2017 Sees a Dip in H-1B Applications from India

This year, per the USCIS’s report, the government received 3,36,000 H-1B petitions (both new petitions and extensions) and approved 1,97,129 as of June 30, 2017.  One of biggest users of the H-1Bs - technology outsourci.....

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India May Revise Its Visa Forms to Detect Criminals

It has been reported that the Indian government is working on a revised visa application form to capture a foreign applicant's criminal history including cases of child abuse, and so on.  The Minister of State for Home Affair.....

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Restrictions on India’s Medical Visa for Pakistan

A Medical Visa for India is available to foreign nationals desiring to seek medical treatment in recognized hospitals and medical centers in India.  The initial duration of the Medical Visa is up to one year or the period of .....

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No Automatic Arrest in Dowry Cases Until Allegations are Verified

Dowry is a big social evil, unfortunately, still prevalent in the Indian society.  Dowry is the property and money that a bride brings to her husband’s house at the time of her marriage.   Although dowry was l.....

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The U.S. and Canada: Deviating Immigration Law and Policies

There are some significant variances which can be seen in the immigration law and policies of Canada and the U.S. Given the current climate under the Trump administration, the U.S. each day is becoming overtly anti-immigrant where.....

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Electronic Tourist Visas (e-TV) – Use Prudently

International travelers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives or to attend a short-term yoga programme, are eligible to enter India on an electronic tourist vi.....

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India’s Intern Visa: More Clarity and Guidelines

The Indian government had introduced a new visa category – the Intern Visa - earlier this year in an effort to keep up with growing business needs and trends.  The Intern visa is .....

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An Innovative Approach by the Israeli Government

The State of Israel recently launched a new type of visa called the “Innovation Visa Program”, which is a joint project of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Interior which is the State agency that issues visa.....

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Mandatory Biometric Enrollment for India Visa Applicants at VFS Global Centers, South Africa effective July 17, 2017

Biometric enrollment comprising fingerprints and facial image scans will be taken along with the visa applications at the VFS India Application Centers in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.  Applicants availing the ele.....

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New Information Sharing Standards for U.S. Travel

The U.S. Department of State sent out a cable on July 12, 2017 to all U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide, instructing them to inform their host governments regarding new standards pertaining to U.S. travel and immigration.&nb.....

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Arrival and Departure Record - Form I-94 - for Foreign Nationals

A foreign national entering the U.S. is issued a Form I-94 by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the port of entry.  The Form I-94 is essentially an arrival/departure record that states the date until which the for.....

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Issuance of New I-9 Form for Employment Verification

The USCIS has issued a revised version of Form 1-9, the use of which will become mandatory beginning September 18, 2017.  The Form I-9 is used by employers for verifying identity and employment authorization of newly hired em.....

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Public Access File – A Crucial Piece of Immigration Compliance

All U.S. employers that sponsor an H-1B foreign worker are required to maintain certain documents related to the worker in a Public Access File (“PAF”) which is to be kept either at the employee’s actua.....

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Global Entry for Indian Citizens

The U.S. Global Entry programme has rolled out for the Indian citizens on July 3, 2017 thereby allowing expedited clearance of pre-approved, low risk travellers. Besides Indian citizens, U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent reside.....

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PIO Conversion to OCI extended until December 31, 2017

The Indian government has extended the June 30, 2017 deadline for applying for conversion of Person of Indian origin (PIO) cards to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards until December 31, 2017.  Prime Minister Nar.....

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Trump’s Travel Ban Comes to Life Again

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 26, 2017, revived parts of President Trump’s executive order of a travel ban, by permitting the government to impose the 90-day ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countrie.....

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Supreme Court Raises the Bar for Revoking US Citizenship

The US Supreme Court in its June 22nd ruling, has made it harder for the government to strip naturalized immigrants of their US citizenship.  In the case of Maslenjak v. United States, Divna Maslenjak, a naturalized citizen w.....

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Canadian Government Opening Pathways for Highly Specialized Global Talent

The Canadian Government has opened the doors to the highly skilled, specialized, in-demand foreign nationals who will help in the growth of Canadian entities’ businesses by bringing the Global Skills Strategy into effect on .....

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An Added Burden to an Already Tedious Process

The U.S. Department of State recently introduced a new supplemental questionnaire that will enable Consulate officers to obtain information for enhanced screening of certain visa applicants applying for immigrant as well as non-im.....

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LawQuest and Dentons Teamed up with Sol’s Arc to Extend Educational Concessions for Children with Disabilities

LawQuest and Dentons teamed up with Sol’s Arc, India’s first parallel school offering special education, to extend educational concessions for children with disabilities in Maharashtra, India. Many children with .....

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DOL to Enforce all Laws More Aggressively on the Administration of U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Programs

The U.S. Secretary of Labor had directed the Department of Labor (DOL) to enforce laws within its jurisdiction that govern the administration and enforcement of non-immigrant visa programs. This announcement was made to protect th.....

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Enforcement of 2014 Rule Affects Intra-Company Transfers to Serbia

Serbia’s Law on Employment of Foreigners enacted in 2014 laid down a provision in Article 19 which stated that foreign national employees of a company located outside Serbia assigned to work at an affiliated l.....

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Foreign Expats are now Exempt from Aadhaar Card Requirement

In April 2017, the Indian government had made it mandatory for all individuals subject to income tax in India to quote their Aadhaar Card number in their income tax returns, with effect from July 1, 2017. This appli.....

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Taking Time Off as an F-1 Student

Foreign students who desire to study in American universities require an F-1 visa (student visa) to be able to do so. International students in F-1 status are required under US immigration law to be enrolled full-time during their.....

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Upcoming: 2017 AILA Global Immigration Forum, New Orleans, Louisiana

In 2017, our Managing Partner, Poorvi Chothani, will be speaking at two annual American Immigration Lawyers Association conference in New Orleans. 2017 AILA Global Immigration Forum: Protectionist World – Are We Singing the.....

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The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce Seminar on US Immigration: Is the US Really Closing its Doors?

The seminar organized by The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce's (IACC) and LawQuest covered topics like President Trump’s recent executive orders, other government initiatives and pending Congressional bills which will impa.....

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American Immigration Lawyers Association - Bangkok District Chapter (BDC) Conference 5th Annual Conference

The BDC has hosted their conferences in a host of interesting and exciting cities in Asia. The 5th Annual AILA BDC Conference in Chennai was organized and chaired by Mrs. Poorvi Chothani. Chennai was chosen as the conference ve.....

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Go Green!

Most offices consumer a lot pf paper. In an initiative to reduce our carbon footprint our Managing Partner, Poorvi Chothani planned a tree planting picnic outside Mumbai city at The Kamala Farms in Shahpur organised by Bindu Mi.....

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Winner IDEX Legal Award for Social Impact Initiative of the Year 2016

The 2016 TrustLaw Awards were held in September in New York. LawQuest was a finalist for the IMPACT AWARD which recognizes projects that demonstrate significant impact for an NGO or social enterprise, their community, and beyond. .....

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LawQuest has been awarded the Contributor With Most Popular Article In UK Award by Mondaq

LawQuest has been awarded the "Contributor With Most Popular Article In UK" Award by Mondaq

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LawQuest Bestowed with TrustLaw Recognition of Excellence Award

LawQuest was granted "TrustLaw Recognition of Excellence" award at the inaugural TrustLaw Regional Dinner of Excellence held on July 22, 2016 in New Delhi.  This event was hosted by Thomson Reuters Foundation in conjunction w.....

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