DOS Expands Visa Interview Waiver Program

The New Policy:
The Department of State has extended its visa interview waiver policy. This policy gives U.S. consulates discretion to waive the visa waiver interview for certain nonimmigrant visa categories. Each consulate will decide internally whether it will be implementing the policy and to what degree. Here are the biggest changes under the new […]

By |January 6th, 2022|H-1B visas, L visas|Comments Off on DOS Expands Visa Interview Waiver Program

USCIS Reaches Settlement That Benefits L-2 and H-4 Spouses

As a result of a lengthy lawsuit, the USCIS willlower thehurdles for some H-4 and L-2 spouses. The lawsuit, Shergill et al, v Mayorkas, challenged the extensive
processing times for H-4 and L-2 spousal work permits (EADs). Overall, the settlement offers stronger benefits to L-2 spouses, but doesaccommodate for some of the H-4 spouse EAD […]

By |November 18th, 2021|L visas|Comments Off on USCIS Reaches Settlement That Benefits L-2 and H-4 Spouses

Executive Order June 2020

The President Signs an Executive Order Banning Entry of Some Foreign Nationals Applying for Work Visas
On Monday, June 22, 2020, the president signed an Executive Order banning the entry of many foreign nationals hoping to apply for work visas abroad. The visa categories included in the Order are H-1B, L-1, and H-2B, as well […]

By |June 23rd, 2020|H-1B visas, L visas, News|Comments Off on Executive Order June 2020

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

The Rise of Administrative Processing at US Consulates in India and China

Since January 2018, our firm has seen a sharp increase in administrative processing for U.S. visa applications at consulates in India and China. This has caused significant delays in visas being approved and has resulted in foreign nationals spending an additional three weeks to two months in the country of the visa interview, as […]

By |April 12th, 2018|E visas, H-1B visas, L visas, News|Comments Off on The Rise of Administrative Processing at US Consulates in India and China

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

USCIS Increases Scrutiny for Nonimmigrant Extension Petitions

In a policy memorandum dated October 23, 2017, the USCIS announced that it has instructed its adjudicating officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension petitions for H-1B, L-1, TN, and other nonimmigrant categories. This is a significant change from the USCIS’ previous policy, which did not allow […]

By |November 14th, 2017|H-1B visas, L visas, News, TN visas|Comments Off on USCIS Increases Scrutiny for Nonimmigrant Extension Petitions

Spouses of Employment-Based Visa Holders May Now Apply for Work Authorization and Social Security Number via Form I-765

Spouses of employment-based visa holders who hold H-4, L-2 or E status may now apply for work authorization and a Social Security Number via Form I-765, instead of appearing at a local Social Security Administration office. In order to pursue this streamlined option, spouses must answer a few additional biographical questions on the form. […]

By |October 9th, 2017|E visas, H-1B visas, L visas, News|Comments Off on Spouses of Employment-Based Visa Holders May Now Apply for Work Authorization and Social Security Number via Form I-765

How does the limited enforcement of the Travel Ban affect foreign workers and U.S. companies?

On June 27, 2017, the Supreme Court ordered that the Trump administration may ban “foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United State” from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The Court will hear the case on the travel ban in October, at which time […]

By |July 11th, 2017|E visas, H-1B visas, L visas, News, TN visas|Comments Off on How does the limited enforcement of the Travel Ban affect foreign workers and U.S. companies?

Should Companies Enter Their L-1A Visa Holder in the H-1B Lottery?

Many multinational companies are interested in pursuing green cards for their foreign workers, a process that can take anywhere between a few months and a few years. Companies who have numerous foreign workers present in the U.S. on L-1A visas may find themselves conflicted on whether to enter a foreign worker in the H-1B […]

By |June 21st, 2017|Green Cards, H-1B visas, L visas|Comments Off on Should Companies Enter Their L-1A Visa Holder in the H-1B Lottery?