Travel Alert after EO

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order stating “I hereby proclaim that the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens from countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12), would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry […]

Regulation Updates

One of the last acts of the Obama administration will be updating the federal regulations to modernize several employment-based visa classifications. These new rules will go into effect on January 17, 2017. While many of the updates simply codify existing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policies into the regulations, there are significant additions that […]

USCIS Actions

While no one knows what President Elect Trump will do until he ultimately acts, in a recently posted video on his Facebook page he has asked his transition team for executive actions that he can take “to restore our jobs and bring back our jobs…” It is believed he is referring to the H-1B, TN […]

USCIS New Fee Schedule effective December 23rd 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had proposed to increase the filing fees for applications and petitions filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in May of this year. According to DHS, the fee increase is to alleviate their projected annual shortfall of about $550 million that reflects the costs of processing immigration petitions […]

Greater Restrictions for Foreign Offshore Workers

Harry Gee & Associates is observing greater restrictions for foreign offshore workers seeking to temporarily board U.S. flagged vessels on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Generally, employers must hire U.S. citizens or permanent residents to crew vessels engaging in oil & gas operations on the OCS. However, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) oversees limited […]

H-1B Alternatives Webinar

JOIN US IN OUR WEBINAR ON H-1B ALTERNATIVES RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY Register Now Another year, another H cap season over. Is your company looking for H-1B alternatives? On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, join us as we will hold a webinar to discuss alternative visas including: •B-1 Business Visitor •L-1 Intracompany Transferee •E Treaty Visa •O-1 Extraordinary Ability •TN (Canadian & […]

Department of State Canceling Visas for Mere Arrests

Harry Gee & Associates is receiving increased reports of nonimmigrants in the U.S. who have been sent letters stating their visa has been revoked. It appears the Department of State (“DOS”) is actively using its authority, known as “prudential visa revocation”, to revoke nonimmigrant visas of certain foreign nationals later involved in a DUI or […]

New Travel Requirements for Chinese Nationals (B visitors)

Starting November 2016, nationals of the People’s Republic of China possessing a valid 10 year B-1/B-2 visa will need to enroll in the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) prior to entry. EVUS will be used to collect and update basic biographic information. Enrollment in EVUS will be done online and require a nominal application fee. […]

2016 UH International Students Presentation

On March 11, 2016 Andrew H. Gee is speaking at a presentation on immigration issues for international students at the University of Houston. See presentation below. Want to sign up to our newsletter? Click here to download: