New Rules Affecting H-1B Workers and Employment-Based Green Card Applicants, October 2020

On October 8, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a new rule, “Strengthening the H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Classification Program” and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a new rule, “Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States.” The DHS rule only affects the […]

By |October 16th, 2020|News|Comments Off on New Rules Affecting H-1B Workers and Employment-Based Green Card Applicants, October 2020

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

How Does a Foreign National Qualify for a Recovery Rebate under the CARES Act?

Many foreign nationals living in the U.S. may be wondering whether they will receive recovery rebates, also known as stimulus checks, from the government in their bank account or in their mailbox through the CARES Act. In order to determine if you qualify for a recovery rebate as a foreign national, you must (A) […]

By |April 17th, 2020|News|Comments Off on How Does a Foreign National Qualify for a Recovery Rebate under the CARES Act?

Premium Processing Now Available For All H-1B Petitions

As of March 12, the USCIS is resuming premium processing services (PPS) for all new and pending H-1B petitions. Employers may upgrade pending cases to PPS by filing Form I-907 with the $1,410 USCIS fee. PPS is now available for H-1B extensions of status, changes of employer, amendments, and quota-exempt H-1B filings. It appears […]

By |March 12th, 2019|H-1B visas, News|Comments Off on Premium Processing Now Available For All H-1B Petitions

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

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

The USDOL Tightens Restrictions for H-1B Workers at Third-Party Worksites

Over the past few months, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has tightened restrictions for H-1B workers placed at third-party worksites. These changes are in accordance with the presidential administration’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order.

In a policy memorandum from February 2018, the USCIS announced that it would require all U.S. employers to […]

By |June 15th, 2018|H-1B visas, News|Comments Off on The USDOL Tightens Restrictions for H-1B Workers at Third-Party Worksites

USCIS Completes H-1B Cap Filing Intake

The USCIS states on May 15 that is has finished the initial data entry of all H-1B cap cases selected in the lottery. Selected petitioners are now receiving case filing receipts by mail.  Without indicating a time frame, the USCIS has also indicated that it will soon begin returning to petitioners by mail the […]

By |May 16th, 2018|H-1B visas, News|Comments Off on USCIS Completes H-1B Cap Filing Intake