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U.S. Reaches New Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico

The U.S. has reached a trade deal that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The immigration provisions contained in NAFTA are largely intact in the new USMCA so the effect on transnational worker mobility should be minimal. Congress is expected to review the new trade

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Due to a technical issue, the Diversity Visa (DV) 2019 entry period that began on October 3, 2017, was closed.  Lottery entries submitted between October 3 and October 10, 2017, are not valid and have been deleted; resubmission of any entries made during that period is necessary and will not count as a duplicate entry.  The

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Premium Processing Resumed

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. For an additional government filing fee of $1,225, the premium service guarantees a 15-day processing time. Earlier this year, USCIS resumed premium processing service for certain cap-exempt petitioners. At this time, premium