New USCIS Regulations Effective In January

New USCIS Regulations will go into effect on January 17, 2017 both codifying existing guidelines and introducing new rules.  The first three items below are codified existing policies, whereas the remaining items constitute new law.

A foreign national whose I-140 petition has been approved for at least 180 days will not have that petition automatically […]

By |December 21st, 2016|E visas, Green Cards, H-1B visas, L visas, News, TN visas|Comments Off on New USCIS Regulations Effective In January

USCIS Issues New Guidance on L-1B Specialized Knowledge Visas

The USCIS has issued new guidance, effective August 31, 2015, on the eligibility of an employee for L-1B specialized knowledge visa status. It reconfirms that specialized knowledge need not be narrowly held within an organization, as some companies may employ large numbers of specialized knowledge workers with the sheer number of specialists not negating […]

By |August 26th, 2015|L visas, News|Comments Off on USCIS Issues New Guidance on L-1B Specialized Knowledge Visas

Most U.S. Consulates Resume Visa Issuance

As of June 25, 2015, most U.S. consulates are back online and are resuming visa issuance operations. (A computer system outage created a backlog of more than 200,000 visa applications, and the State Department is now working through that backlog.)  Many visa applicants have had to reschedule their visa interview as a result of […]

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Visa Delays Continue Abroad

U.S. consulates worldwide continue to have technical problems preventing visa issuance. The State Department indicates that visa issuance will not resume until June 22 at the earliest and that, after service resumes, visa applicants will encounter a delay of up to two weeks as the backlog of applications is reduced.  Permanent visas (green cards) […]

By |June 17th, 2015|E visas, H-1B visas, L visas, News, TN visas|Comments Off on Visa Delays Continue Abroad

Presidential Action Affecting Employment-Related Immigration

Under the Executive Action announced on November 20, the following changes among others are indicated:

Early Green Card filing and related work permits and travel permits for those who are eligible to apply for adjustment of status but do not have a current priority date.
Employment authorization for spouses of H-1B workers.
Improved adjudication of L-1B “specialized […]

By |November 24th, 2014|Green Cards, H-1B visas, L visas, News|Comments Off on Presidential Action Affecting Employment-Related Immigration

L Visa Eligibility and Green Card Alignment

An L-1 visa is available to an individual who was been employed by a company abroad for one continuous year during the past three years and is coming to the United States to work for a related company.  They must have worked abroad as an manager, executive, or specialized knowledge employee and must fill […]

By |October 13th, 2014|Green Cards, L visas|Comments Off on L Visa Eligibility and Green Card Alignment