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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Changes to the Visa Bulletin

On September 9, 2015, the Department of State and USCIS announced changes to the Visa Bulletin to allow individuals who are waiting for a family-based or employment-based immigrant visa to become available, to begin their immigrant visa paperwork or apply for adjustment of status (AOS) before their prio...

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Change in Annotation on L-1 Visa Stamp

We have noticed a recent change in the annotation on L-1 visa stamps issued by the U.S. Department of State. Previously, all L-1 visa stamps including L-1A, L-1B and L Blanket included an annotation that said: “must present Approved I-797 or I-129S at POE”. However, the new L-1 visa stamps appear to differentiate between those fo...

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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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FY 2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Opened on October 1

What is the Diversity Visa (DV) lottery? The United States makes 50,000 green card numbers available annually through random selection and is open to foreign nationals of countries that historically have had low rates of immigration to the United States. Individuals may qualify if they have a high school education (or equiva...

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New L-1B Ltr Writing Guideline

With continuing increase in the number of Request for Further Evidence (“RFE”) and denials for L-1B petitions, the USCIS has finally issued a new memorandum hoping to clarify what type of evidence will satisfy the requirements for an L-1B Visa. More specifically, it recently issued the INS Office of Director Policy Memorandum “...

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) OPT (Optional Practical Training) Extension Proposed Rule

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has just released its proposed rule for extending optional practical training for international students working in the U.S. The proposed rule will give international students who study Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects two extra years to stay and work in the U...

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Delays in Processing Times for USCIS

Currently, it appears that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is experiencing delays in processing times for nonimmigrant visa applications. According to processing time reports as of August 31, 2015, H-1B applications filed at the Vermont Service Center should be taking 4 to 5 months for both Change of Status...

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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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Breaking News on L-1 BLANKET I-94 Validity Dates

The following is a summary taken from a memorandum issued by the AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) and DOS (U.S. Department of State) Liaison Committee on October 8, 2015.   The U.S. Department of State Visa Office (VO) clarified its current policy relating to its endorsement of Forms I-129S for Nonimmigrant L-1 ...

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