U.S. House of Representatives passes Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act

The House of Representatives passed HR1044, Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act, on July 10, 2019. This bill proposes to change the allocation of immigrant visas both in the family and employment-based categories, which could mean less of a wait for an available immigrant visa number for individuals born in countries from which there is a high volume of immigration to the U.S.. 

How States Use Their 30 Waivers for J-1 Physicians

While every state varies in terms of population and demographics, each state is limited to a maximum of 30 waivers under the Conrad State 30 program that allows states to provide physician jobs that qualify for a waiver of the 2-year home residency rule of the J-1 visa.


In an expansion of the “extreme vetting” measures, the U.S. Department of State has announced that all nonimmigrant visa applicants must provide personal social media account information in the DS-160 (Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application) by listing all the social media platforms they have used in the last 5 years and by providing usernames or handles used on those platforms.