Employers Brace for Battle with the USCIS

As is widely known, employment-based immigration cases have come under increased scrutiny in recent times. For example, in March of 2017 the USCIS issued a policy memorandum indicating that the position of “computer programmer” is no longer considered a “specialty occupation” for H-1B visa eligibility. This runs contrary to decades of prior rulings otherwise. As […]

By |October 18th, 2018|Green Cards, H-1B visas, L visas, News, PERM, TN visas|Comments Off on Employers Brace for Battle with the USCIS

USDOS Announces November Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an employment-based applicant may file an I-485 adjustment application in the United States or a DS-230 application at a consulate abroad for permanent residency.

Category
World
China
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
India
Mexico
Philippines

EB-1
6/1/18
10/1/17
6/1/18
10/1/17
6/1/18
6/1/18

EB-2
C
6/15/15
C
5/22/09
C
C

EB-3
C
8/8/15
C
10/1/09
C
7/1/17

EB-3 Other
C
6/1/08
C
10/1/09
C
7/1/17

“C” indicates that the category is current, meaning that the application can be filed. If a date is shown, then your priority date […]

By |October 17th, 2018|Green Cards, News|Comments Off on USDOS Announces November Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

USDOS Announces August Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an employment-based applicant may file an I-485 adjustment application in the United States or a DS-230 application at a consulate abroad for permanent residency.

Category
World
China
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
India
Mexico
Philippines
Vietnam

EB-1
5/1/16
1/1/12
5/1/16
1/1/12
5/1/16
5/1/16
5/1/16

EB-2
C
3/1/15
C
3/15/09
C
C
C

EB-3
C
1/1/14
C
1/1/09
C
1/1/17
C

EB-3 Other
C
5/1/07
C
1/1/09
C
1/1/17
C

 

“C” indicates that the category is current, meaning that the application can be filed.  If a date is shown, then the priority date […]

By |July 18th, 2018|Green Cards, News|Comments Off on USDOS Announces August Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

Porting Jobs Under AC(21) Using Form I-485 Supplement J

Summer is in full swing, which can often mean longer processing times at federal government agencies due to the workforce being on summer vacation. Employment-based green card applicants may experience longer processing time for their I-485 applications and, as a result, may consider “porting” job offers under the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century […]

By |July 9th, 2018|Green Cards|Comments Off on Porting Jobs Under AC(21) Using Form I-485 Supplement J

USDOS Announces July Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an employment-based applicant may file an I-485 adjustment application in the United States or a DS-230 application at a consulate abroad for permanent residency.

Category
World
China
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
India
Mexico
Philippines
Vietnam

EB-1
C
1/1/12
C
1/1/12
C
C
C

EB-2
C
1/1/15
C
3/15/09
C
C
C

EB-3
C
1/1/13
C
11/1/08
C
1/1/17
C

EB-3 Other
C
5/1/07
C
11/1/08
C
1/1/17
C

 

“C” indicates that the category is current, meaning that the application can be filed. If a date is shown, then the priority date […]

By |June 29th, 2018|Green Cards, News|Comments Off on USDOS Announces July Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

Who Pays the Fees in the Employment-Based Green Card Process?

When considering whether to sponsor a foreign national for a green card, U.S. companies should know who is responsible for paying which portions of the costs associated with the green card. This knowledge is especially vital for companies using green card repayment agreements, which indicate how much money is recoverable by the U.S. company […]

By |May 10th, 2018|Green Cards, PERM|Comments Off on Who Pays the Fees in the Employment-Based Green Card Process?

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 2018.

Category
Country of Chargeability
Priority Date
Comment

EB-1
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
China
January 1, 2012
Retrogressed 74 months

EB-1
India
January 1, 2012
Retrogressed 74 months

EB-1
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
China
August 1, 2014
Advanced 31 weeks

EB-2
India
December 22, 2008
Advanced 1 week

EB-2
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
China
June 1, 2015
Advanced 26 weeks

EB-3
India
February 1, 2008
Advanced 56 weeks

EB-3
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
Philippines
January 1, 2017
Advanced 32 weeks

 

Dan White leads the law […]

By |April 9th, 2018|Green Cards, News|Comments Off on USDOS Announces April Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The USCIS Drops “Nation of Immigrants” From Mission Statement

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) recently changed its mission statement to remove the section describing the U.S. as “a nation of immigrants.” Before the recent change, the USCIS’s mission statement read:
“USCIS secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and […]

By |April 4th, 2018|Citizenship, E visas, Green Cards, H-1B visas, L visas, News, TN visas|Comments Off on The USCIS Drops “Nation of Immigrants” From Mission Statement

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 2018.

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 8, 2013

Advanced 9 weeks

EB-2
India
December 15, 2008

Advanced 1 week

EB-2

Mexico
Current

Unchanged

EB-2

Philippines
Current

Unchanged

EB-3

Worldwide
Current

Unchanged

EB-3

China
November 15, 2014
Advanced 8 weeks

EB-3

India
January 1, 2007
Advanced 4 weeks

EB-3
Mexico
Current

Unchanged

EB-3
Philippines
May 1, 2016

Advanced 8 weeks

Dan White leads the law practice at The Immigration Group, focusing exclusively on […]

By |February 21st, 2018|Green Cards, News|Comments Off on USDOS Announces March Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

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 2018.

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
October 1, 2013
Advanced 7 weeks

EB-2
India
December 8, 2008
Advanced 2 weeks

EB-2
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
China
September 15, 2014
Advanced 5 months

EB-3
India
December 1, 2006
Advanced 1 month

EB-3
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
Philippines
March 1, 2016
Advanced 2 weeks

 

Dan White leads the law practice at The Immigration Group, focusing exclusively on […]

By |January 24th, 2018|Green Cards, News, PERM|Comments Off on USDOS Announces February Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications