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