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USDOS Announces June Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of June 2017.

Category
Country of Chargeability
Priority Date
Comment

EB-1
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
China
January 1, 2012
Retrogressed 67 months

EB-1
India
January 1, 2012
Retrogressed 67 months

EB-1
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
China
March 1, 2013
Advanced 3 weeks

EB-2
India
July 1, 2008
Advanced 1 week

EB-2
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
Worldwide
April 15, 2017
Advanced 1 month

EB-3
China
October 1, 2014
Unchanged

EB-3
India
May 5, 2005
Advanced 6 weeks

EB-3
Mexico
April 15, 2017
Advanced 1 month

EB-3
Philippines
May 1, 2013
Advanced […]

By |June 6th, 2017|Green Cards, News, PERM|Comments Off on USDOS Announces June Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

USDOS Announces May Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of May 2017.

Category
Country of Chargeability
Priority Date
Comment

EB-1
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
China
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
India
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
China
February 8, 2013
Advanced 3 weeks

EB-2
India
June 22, 2008
Unchanged

EB-2
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
Worldwide
March 15, 2017
Advanced 1 month

EB-3
China
October 1, 2014
Advanced 6 weeks

EB-3
India
March 25, 2005
Advanced 1 day

EB-3
Mexico
March 15, 2017
Advanced 1 month

EB-3
Philippines
January 1, 2013
Advanced 3.5 months

 

 

By |April 21st, 2017|Green Cards, News, PERM|Comments Off on USDOS Announces May Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

What Is On the Horizon For Employment-Based Immigration?

Recent immigration news has focused on the executive travel ban, “extreme vetting” for visas, and the specter of mass deportations. In contrast, the employment-based immigration news has involved more speculation than action. But the other shoe is soon to drop on the employment side. Here is where things stand in 2017:

January 17: The USCIS […]

By |April 20th, 2017|H-1B visas, News|Comments Off on What Is On the Horizon For Employment-Based Immigration?

USDOS Announces April Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of April 2017.

Category
Country of Chargeability
Priority Date
Comment

EB-1
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
China
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
India
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
China
January 15, 2013
Advanced 1 month

EB-2
India
June 22, 2008
Advanced 3 weeks

EB-2
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
Worldwide
February 15, 2017
Advanced 2.5 months

EB-3
China
August 15, 2014
Advanced 5 months

EB-3
India
March 24, 2005
Advanced 2 days

EB-3
Mexico
February 15, 2017
Advanced 2.5 months

EB-3
Philippines
September 15, 2012
Advanced 6 months

 

 

By |March 27th, 2017|Green Cards, News, PERM|Comments Off on USDOS Announces April Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

USDOS Announces March Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of March 2017.

Category
Country of Chargeability
Priority Date
Comment

EB-1
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
China
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
India
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
China
December 15, 2012
Advanced 1 month

EB-2
India
June 1, 2008
Advanced 6 weeks

EB-2
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
Worldwide
December 1, 2016
Advanced 2 months

EB-3
China
March 15, 2014
Advanced 5.5 months

EB-3
India
March 22, 2005
Unchanged

EB-3
Mexico
December 1, 2016
Advanced 2 months

EB-3
Philippines
March 15, 2012
Advanced 5 months

 

 

By |March 7th, 2017|Green Cards, News, PERM|Comments Off on USDOS Announces March Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing For All H-1B Petitions Filed On or After April 3

The USCIS has recently announced that it will not permit premium processing for any H-1B petitions filed on or after April 3, 2017. This suspension applies to all petitions, whether they are (1) new, transfers, or extensions; (2) subject to or exempt from the cap, or (3) regular or master’s degree petitions. Since H-1B […]

By |March 6th, 2017|H-1B visas, News|Comments Off on USCIS Suspends Premium Processing For All H-1B Petitions Filed On or After April 3

Update on the President’s Executive Order Banning Entry

A federal district court has issued a nationwide temporary restraining order against the President’s entry ban. The President has asked the federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to place a hold on the district court order, but the Ninth Circuit has declined to do so. Therefore, the entry ban remains suspended currently.  […]

By |February 6th, 2017|E visas, Green Cards, H-1B visas, L visas, News, TN visas|Comments Off on Update on the President’s Executive Order Banning Entry

Executive Order Expected on Business Immigration

President Trump is expected to issue an executive order soon directing the Homeland Security, Labor, and State departments to review and revise U.S. employment-based immigration rules.   The executive order will likely require these agencies to study the impact of employment-based immigration on U.S. jobs and wages, including reports on whether the H-1B, L-1, and B-1 […]

By |February 2nd, 2017|H-1B visas, L visas, News|Comments Off on Executive Order Expected on Business Immigration

USDOS Announces February Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of February 2017.

Category
Country of Chargeability
Priority Date
Comment

EB-1
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
China
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
India
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
China
November 15, 2012
Advanced 1 month

EB-2
India
April 15, 2008
Unchanged

EB-2
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
Worldwide
October 1, 2016
Advanced 2 months

EB-3
China
October 1, 2013
Advanced 3 weeks

EB-3
India
March 22, 2005
Advanced 1 week

EB-3
Mexico
October 1, 2016
Advanced 2 months

EB-3
Philippines
October 15, 2011
Advanced 2.75 months

 

By |January 27th, 2017|Green Cards, News, PERM|Comments Off on USDOS Announces February Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

Use of New I-9 Form Now Required

As of January 22, 2017, employers must use the November 14, 2016 version of Form I-9 to verify the identity and work eligibility of every new hire. The new form must as well be used for the reverification of expiring employment authorization. Prior versions of the form may no longer be used.

By |January 24th, 2017|I-9 Compliance, News|Comments Off on Use of New I-9 Form Now Required