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

Who Pays the Fees in the Employment-Based Green Card Process?

When considering whether to sponsor a foreign national for a green card, U.S. companies should know who is responsible for paying which portions of the costs associated with the green card. This knowledge is especially vital for companies using green card repayment agreements, which indicate how much money is recoverable by the U.S. company […]

By |May 10th, 2018|Green Cards, PERM|Comments Off on Who Pays the Fees in the Employment-Based Green Card Process?

USDOS Announces February Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of February 2018.

Category
Country of Chargeability
Priority Date
Comment

EB-1
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
China
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
India
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
China
October 1, 2013
Advanced 7 weeks

EB-2
India
December 8, 2008
Advanced 2 weeks

EB-2
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
China
September 15, 2014
Advanced 5 months

EB-3
India
December 1, 2006
Advanced 1 month

EB-3
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
Philippines
March 1, 2016
Advanced 2 weeks

 

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USDOS Announces December Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of December 2017.

Category
Country of Chargeability
Priority Date
Comment

EB-1
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
China
          Current
Unchanged

EB-1
India
          Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
China
July 1, 2013
Advanced 2 weeks

EB-2
India
November 1, 2008
Advanced 3 weeks

EB-2
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
China
March 8, 2014
Advanced 5 weeks

EB-3
India
October 15, 2006
Unchanged

EB-3
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
Philippines
January 15, 2016
Unchanged

 

 

By |November 27th, 2017|Green Cards, News, PERM|Comments Off on USDOS Announces December Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

USDOS Announces October Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of October 2017.

Category
Country of Chargeability
Priority Date
Comment

EB-1
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
China
Current
Advanced 68.5 months

EB-1
India
Current
Advanced 68.5 months

EB-1
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Worldwide
Current
Advanced 20.5 months

EB-2
China
May 22, 2013
Advanced 5 weeks

EB-2
India
September 15, 2008
Advanced 3 weeks

EB-2
Mexico
Current
Advanced 20.5 months

EB-2
Philippines
Current
Advanced 20.5 months

EB-3
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
China
January 1, 2014
Advanced 24 months

EB-3
India
October 15, 2006
Advanced 3 months

EB-3
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
Philippines
December 1, 2015
Advanced 6 months

 

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By |September 18th, 2017|Green Cards, News, PERM|Comments Off on USDOS Announces October Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

USDOS Announces September Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of September 2017.

Category
Country of Chargeability
Priority Date
Comment

EB-1
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
China
January 1, 2012
Unchanged

EB-1
India
January 1, 2012
Unchanged

EB-1
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Worldwide
January 1, 2016
Advanced 8 months

EB-2
China
April 15, 2013
Advanced 2 days

EB-2
India
August 22, 2008
Advanced 1 month

EB-2
Mexico
January 1, 2016
Advanced 8 months

EB-2
Philippines
January 1, 2016
Advanced 8 months

EB-3
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
China
January 1, 2012
Unchanged

EB-3
India
July 15, 2006
Unchanged

EB-3
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
Philippines
June 1, 2015
Unchanged

By |August 17th, 2017|Green Cards, News, PERM|Comments Off on USDOS Announces September Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

USDOS Announces August Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of August 2017.

Category
Country of Chargeability
Priority Date
Comment

EB-1
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
China
January 1, 2012
Unchanged

EB-1
India
January 1, 2012
Unchanged

EB-1
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Worldwide
April 1, 2015
Retrogressed 27 months

EB-2
China
April 13, 2013
Advanced 3 weeks

EB-2
India
July 22, 2008
Unchanged

EB-2
Mexico
April 1, 2015
Retrogressed 27 months

EB-2
Philippines
April 1, 2015
Retrogressed 27 months

EB-3
Worldwide
Current
Advanced 5 weeks

EB-3
China
January 1, 2012
Unchanged

EB-3
India
July 15, 2006
Advanced 4.5 months

EB-3
Mexico
Current
Advanced 5 weeks

EB-3
Philippines
June […]

By |July 17th, 2017|Green Cards, News, PERM|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 applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of July 2017.

Category
Country of Chargeability
Priority Date
Comment

EB-1
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
China
January 1, 2012
Unchanged

EB-1
India
January 1, 2012
Unchanged

EB-1
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
China
March 22, 2013
Advanced 3 weeks

EB-2
India
July 22, 2008
Advanced 3 weeks

EB-2
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
Worldwide
June 8, 2017
Advanced 7 weeks

EB-3
China
January 1, 2012
Retrogressed 33 months

EB-3
India
February 2, 2006
Advanced 9 months

EB-3
Mexico
June 8, 2017
Advanced 7 weeks

EB-3
Philippines
May 15, 2014
Advanced 12.5 months

 

By |June 15th, 2017|Green Cards, News, PERM|Comments Off on USDOS Announces July Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

USDOS Announces June Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of June 2017.

Category
Country of Chargeability
Priority Date
Comment

EB-1
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
China
January 1, 2012
Retrogressed 67 months

EB-1
India
January 1, 2012
Retrogressed 67 months

EB-1
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
China
March 1, 2013
Advanced 3 weeks

EB-2
India
July 1, 2008
Advanced 1 week

EB-2
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
Worldwide
April 15, 2017
Advanced 1 month

EB-3
China
October 1, 2014
Unchanged

EB-3
India
May 5, 2005
Advanced 6 weeks

EB-3
Mexico
April 15, 2017
Advanced 1 month

EB-3
Philippines
May 1, 2013
Advanced […]

By |June 6th, 2017|Green Cards, News, PERM|Comments Off on USDOS Announces June Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

USDOS Announces May Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of May 2017.

Category
Country of Chargeability
Priority Date
Comment

EB-1
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
China
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
India
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-1
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Worldwide
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
China
February 8, 2013
Advanced 3 weeks

EB-2
India
June 22, 2008
Unchanged

EB-2
Mexico
Current
Unchanged

EB-2
Philippines
Current
Unchanged

EB-3
Worldwide
March 15, 2017
Advanced 1 month

EB-3
China
October 1, 2014
Advanced 6 weeks

EB-3
India
March 25, 2005
Advanced 1 day

EB-3
Mexico
March 15, 2017
Advanced 1 month

EB-3
Philippines
January 1, 2013
Advanced 3.5 months

 

 

By |April 21st, 2017|Green Cards, News, PERM|Comments Off on USDOS Announces May Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications