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

The USCIS Drops “Nation of Immigrants” From Mission Statement

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) recently changed its mission statement to remove the section describing the U.S. as “a nation of immigrants.” Before the recent change, the USCIS’s mission statement read:
“USCIS secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and […]

By |April 4th, 2018|Citizenship, E visas, Green Cards, H-1B visas, L visas, News, TN visas|Comments Off on The USCIS Drops “Nation of Immigrants” From Mission Statement

USCIS Increases Scrutiny for Nonimmigrant Extension Petitions

In a policy memorandum dated October 23, 2017, the USCIS announced that it has instructed its adjudicating officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension petitions for H-1B, L-1, TN, and other nonimmigrant categories. This is a significant change from the USCIS’ previous policy, which did not allow […]

By |November 14th, 2017|H-1B visas, L visas, News, TN visas|Comments Off on USCIS Increases Scrutiny for Nonimmigrant Extension Petitions

How does the limited enforcement of the Travel Ban affect foreign workers and U.S. companies?

On June 27, 2017, the Supreme Court ordered that the Trump administration may ban “foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United State” from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The Court will hear the case on the travel ban in October, at which time […]

By |July 11th, 2017|E visas, H-1B visas, L visas, News, TN visas|Comments Off on How does the limited enforcement of the Travel Ban affect foreign workers and U.S. companies?

Update on the President’s Executive Order Banning Entry

A federal district court has issued a nationwide temporary restraining order against the President’s entry ban. The President has asked the federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to place a hold on the district court order, but the Ninth Circuit has declined to do so. Therefore, the entry ban remains suspended currently.  […]

By |February 6th, 2017|E visas, Green Cards, H-1B visas, L visas, News, TN visas|Comments Off on Update on the President’s Executive Order Banning Entry

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

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 […]

By |June 30th, 2015|E visas, H-1B visas, L visas, News, TN visas|Comments Off on Most U.S. Consulates Resume Visa Issuance

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

TN Work Permits

The TN work permit is available to Canadians and Mexicans who will engage in an occupation listed under the NAFTA agreement.  That list is available at http://canada.usembassy.gov/visas/doing-business-in-america/professions-covered-by-nafta.html.  When applicable, the TN offers some advantages over the H-1B visa. For example, it is not subject to quotas and it is renewable indefinitely in three-year increments.  […]

By |October 6th, 2014|TN visas|Comments Off on TN Work Permits