National Visa Center Blunders

On July 30, 2015, the National Visa Center (“NVC”) sent out a notification confirming reports that applicants had been receiving letters or emails from the NVC on July 29, 2015 stating that their applications would be terminated or that their applications were in the process of being terminated under INA 203(g) for failure to con...

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What is ADIT Processing?

Congratulations! Your green card has been approved and you received an electronic alert from USCIS:   On August 20, 2015, we registered your permanent resident status and mailed you a Welcome Notice for Receipt Number LIN1234567890. Please follow the instructions in the notice. Your new permanent resident card should arriv...

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Mini Article: Revisions in the October Visa Bulletin

On September 25, 2015, the Department of State issued a revised Visa Bulletin for October 2015. The new revision rolls back the cutoff dates for eligibility to file for adjustment of status or an immigrant visa. Specifically, the new Visa Bulletin rolls back eligibility dates by two (2) years for EB-2 India (July 1, 2009), sixteen (1...

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USCIS Implements Acceptance of Adjustment Applications from Filing-Eligible Foreign Nationals in November

USCIS has confirmed that it will accept adjustment applications beginning in November from foreign nationals with a priority date that makes them eligible for application filing according to the State Department’s November Visa Bulletin.   Under the reformed Visa Bulletin, the Stat...

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Visa Bulletin for March 2016

The United States Department of State has recently published Visa Bulletin for March 2016 which include availability of family-based and employment-based imm...

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SEPTEMBER 2016 VISA BULLETIN FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED CATEGORIES

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its final September 2016 Visa Bulletin for Fiscal Year 2016.  Fiscal Year 2017 begins with the October 2017 Visa Bulletin where some categories will return to their “current status.” For the September 2016 Visa Bulletin, as expected during the end of each fiscal year, there is very littl...

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USCIS Proposes New Program for International Entrepreneurs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing a new rule, which would allow certain international entrepreneurs temporary stay in the U.S. so that they may start or scale their businesses here. Under this proposed rule, DHS may parole, on a case-by-case basis, eligible entrepreneurs of startup enterprises if s/he me...

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JANUARY 2017 VISA BULLETIN DOS & USCIS

DEPARTMENT OF STATE JANUARY 2017 VISA BULLETIN FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED CATEGORIES EB-1 REMAINS CURRENT WORLDWIDE EB-2 WORLDWIDE REMAINS CURRENT EB-2 Slow ADVANCEMENT FOR INDIA AND CHINA EB-3 ONE MONTH ADVANCEMENT W...

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USCIS ESTABLISHES NEW CRITERIA FOR NATIONAL INTEREST WAIVERS

In Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016), USCIS announced a new analytical framework for adjudicating National Interest Waivers (“NIW”), explicitly overturning the controlling framework laid out in Matter of New York State Dep’t of Transp., 22 I&N Dec. 215 (Acting Assoc. Comm...

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H-1B Fiscal Year 2018 Cap: What You Need to Know

The number of petitions that may be filed for this year’s H-1B 2018 Cap season is anticipated to surpass last year’s 236,000 applications. With the large pool of applicants, it is important to know how to keep yourself ahead of the game—or at least give yourself a fighting chance at the 85,000 H-1B quota. Today, we will discuss...

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