Quick Updates in Religious Worker Immigration Law
- Social Media: The Department of State has added social media questions to Form DS-160 and Form DS-260. The form now asks for additional phone numbers and email addresses, along with the applicant’s social media history for the past five years. If applicants have accounts on the following social media sites — Douban, Facebook, Flicker, Google, Instagram, LinkedIn, My space, Pinterest, Qzone (QQ), Reddit, Sina Weibo, Tencent Weibo, Tumbler, Twitter, Twoo, Vine, Vkontakte, Youku and/or YouTube — they are to select the social media site and include their account ID/Username. Therefore, please have all applicants be mindful of what they publish on social media platforms.
- Non-Minister Permanent Residence Program: The Non-Minister Permanent Residence Program is currently set to sunset, or expire, on Sept. 30, 2019. We will continue to monitor this change.
- Visa Bulletin changes: The July 2019 Visa Bulletin saw a retrogression in Mexico’s listed priority dates — moving from Oct. 1, 2018, back to July 1, 2016. The listed Priority Date for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras moved slightly from March 22, 2016, to July 1, 2016. The State Department does not expect much movement through September. Please visit the State Department website to view this month’s Visa Bulletin. For a more thorough explanation of how the Visa Bulletin works, please see the article from our Spring 2019 Newsletter, “The Visa Bulletin Blues.”