MAY 2018 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED May02

MAY 2018 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its May 2018 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there was no advancement for the priority dates for EB-1 for China and India since a retrogression from the April 2018 Visa Bulletin. EB-1-Worldwide:    Priority dates are current, except: China:     ...

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USCIS New Policy on Accrual of Unlawful Presence by Students and Exchange Visitors May23

USCIS New Policy on Accrual of Unlawful Presence by Students and Exchange Visitors

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is changing how it calculates unlawful presence for F-1, J-1, and M-1 nonimmigrants and their dependents. These changes are designed to clarify how USCIS implements the unlawful presence grounds of inadmissibility.  In particular, individuals in F, J, or M status who fail to mai...

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June 2018 Visa Bulletin Issued Jun01

June 2018 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its June 2018 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there was no advancement for the priority dates for EB-1 for China and India, EB-2 for China, and EB-3 for China, India, and the Philippines. EB-1-Worldwide:    Priority dates are current, except: China...

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July 2018 Visa Bulletin Issued Jul01

July 2018 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its July 2018 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there continues to be no advancement for the priority dates for EB-1 for China and India and a significant retrogression for EB-3 China. EB-1-Worldwide:    Priority dates are current, except: China:   ...

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USCIS Confirms Processing Delays for Many Application Types Jul01

USCIS Confirms Processing Delays for Many Application Types

 On June 28, 2018, Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Julie Kirchner published her most recent annual report to Congress, revealing USCIS’ intensified anti-fraud initiatives as well as confirming processing delays for multiple applications. The Ombudsman’s Office is an independent entity, created ...

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USCIS Implements Targeted Anti-Fraud Initiatives Jul12

USCIS Implements Targeted Anti-Fraud Initiatives

On June 28, 2018, Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Julie Kirchner published her most recent annual report to Congress, revealing USCIS’ intensified anti-fraud initiatives as well as confirming processing delays for multiple applications. The Ombudsman’s Office is an independent entity, created by Congress, design...

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Department of Homeland Security Proposes Removing Obama-era International Entrepreneur Rule Jul12

Department of Homeland Security Proposes Removing Obama-era International Entrepreneur Rule

The Department of Homeland Security holds the discretionary power to permit entry into the United States in humanitarian or public benefit cases. In the final months of the Obama administration in 2016, the Department of Homeland Security amended its regulations regarding "parole", or temporary entry, to include high-quality entrepre...

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USCIS Issues New Guidance on Notices to Appear Jul12

USCIS Issues New Guidance on Notices to Appear

On June 28, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided This new guidance states that USCIS officers will now issues NTAs for a wider range of cases where the individual is removable and there is evidence of fraud, criminal activity, or where an applicant is denied an immigration benefit and is unla...

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Notices to Appear and Harsh Consequences Possible for H and L Holders Jul16

Notices to Appear and Harsh Consequences Possible for H and L Holders

According to a recent USCIS will greatly expand its mandate for issuing NTAs without first consulting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). USCIS officers will now issue NTAs and thereby place individuals in removal proceedings upon the denial of an application or petition for immigration benefits if the individual is deemed re...

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New Guidance for No Request for Evidence or Notice of Intent to Deny Jul16

New Guidance for No Request for Evidence or Notice of Intent to Deny

On July 13, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided a According to this new guidance, effective September 11, 2018, USCIS adjudicators will have full discretion to deny applications, petitions, and requests without first receiving a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID),...

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