Registering For The Department Of State Diversity Visa Lottery 2018

The Department of State just announced that the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program 2018 (DV 2018) registration period will begin at 12 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT–4), Tuesday, October 4, 2016, and end at 12 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT–5), Monday, November 7, 2016. Do not wait until the last minute to register ...

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October Visa Bulletin Update: USCIS to Honor Filing Dates for Most Employment-Based Categories Next Month

USCIS has announced that there are more immigrant visas available for FY-2017 than known visa applicants, therefore, instead of using the “Final Action Dates” chart in the October 2016 Department of State Visa Bulletin, adjustment of status applicants may use the “Dates for Filing” charts for...

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Information About The Department Of State’s November 2016 Visa Bulletin For Employment-Based Categories

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its November 2016 Visa Bulletin. There has been slower progress compared to the October 2016 Visa Bulletin.  USCIS also has release its dates for filing, which are ahead of the Visa Bulletin priority dates. In the November Visa Bulletin, EB-1 (Priority Workers) continues to be current worldw...

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Revised I-9 form

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published today, November 14, 2016, a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By January 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016 N. Until then, employers may continue to use the version dated 03/08/2013 N or the ...

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SOME GOOD NEWS IN A SEA OF BAD NEWS

USCIS has announced the publication of new rules, to take effect January 17, 2017. In general, the new rules will establish grace periods for non-immigrant workers before and after their employment, and provides automatic work authorization extensions to adjustment applicants and certain other classes of foreign nationals who have ...

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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’r 1998) (Matter of NYSDOT). Unde...

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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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FEBRUARY 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its February 2017 Visa Bulletin. For the categories that are not current, there continues to be slow advancement for EB-2 and EB-3 categories. Notably, EB-2 India has had no advancement since the January 2017 Visa Bulletin. EB-1-Worldwide:  ...

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NEWS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ENTRY BAN

On Friday January 27th, 2017 President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that suspends the entry of foreign nationals from the following seven countries; Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to the United States for a period of 90 days, or through April 27, 2017. The o...

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UPDATE:  NEWS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ENTRY BAN

President Donald J. Trump has signed an executive order that suspends the entry of foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to the United States for a period of 90 days, or through April 27, 2017. The order also reportedly suspends a worldwide program that exempted cer...

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