Temporary Rule Allows for 540 Day Automatic Extension for Some EADs

The USCIS has issued a temporary final rule that allows for a 540 day automatic extension for some EAD renewal applications. This is a significant increase from the previous rule that allowed for a 180 day extension. This rule goes into effect immediately and affects the EAD categories mentioned below. In the realm of […]

By |May 6th, 2022|News|Comments Off on Temporary Rule Allows for 540 Day Automatic Extension for Some EADs

Victoria Gentry Serves as Chair of Immigration Practice Committee of Nashville Bar Association

The Immigration Group is pleased to announce that Victoria Gentry, the firm’s Managing Attorney, will serve as the Chair of the Immigration Practice Committee of the Nashville Bar Association for the 2022 calendar year.

The Nashville Bar Association committees evaluate important bar or court-related issues. The Immigration Committee will host quarterly events and at least […]

By |January 31st, 2022|News|Comments Off on Victoria Gentry Serves as Chair of Immigration Practice Committee of Nashville Bar Association

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination is Now Required for Land or Ferry Entry to the U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security now requires that all visa holders entering the U.S. from Mexico or Canada via land or ferry must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. This new policy does not apply to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (green card holders), or U.S. nationals. The following groups are excepted from the […]

By |January 28th, 2022|News|Comments Off on Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination is Now Required for Land or Ferry Entry to the U.S.

President Biden Issues Executive Order That Will Lift the Travel Ban on November 8, 2021

On November 8, 2021 the regional COVID-19 travel bans will be lifted and a vaccination requirement for nonimmigrant visa holders entering the U.S. via airplane will take their place. Nonimmigrant visa holders will need to show proof of full vaccination upon boarding a U.S.-bound airplane abroad in addition to showing a negative COVID test […]

By |November 4th, 2021|Green Cards, I-9 Compliance, News|Comments Off on President Biden Issues Executive Order That Will Lift the Travel Ban on November 8, 2021

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