Visa Bulletin Retrogression for June 2014

The U.S. Department of State has released the , and unfortunately, for some categories the priority dates have retrogressed.  The Priority Date cut-off for (except India and Philippines) is currently October 1st, 2012.  However, starting June 1st, 2014, only those applicants whose Priority Dates are earlie...

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Recent U.S. Supreme Court decision is a major setback to principles of family reunification

In , a divided Supreme Court ruled last week that young immigrants who were included in their parents’ visa petition, but “aged out” – that is, turned 21 – before their visas became current, would not be able to retain the original priority date of their parents’ petition.  This is a tremendous setback for immigrant fami...

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Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision is a Major Setback to Principles of Family Reunification

June 17, 2014 In , a divided Supreme Court ruled last week that young immigrants who were included in their parents’ visa petition, but “aged out” – that is, turned 21 – before their visas became current, would not be able to retain the original priority date of their parents’ petition.  This is a tremendous setback for...

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What Entrepreneurs Need to Consider When Hiring a Foreign Worker who needs U.S. Permanent Residence (“greencard”) Sponsorship

As an entrepreneur, one of the key factors to consider is how to get the right people on board to help you grow your business.  Say you just received your second round of financing for your start up that is going to make the world a better place, but in order to embark on this noble and significant endeavor, you need to hire a team ...

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Department of Labor to Pursue Modernized Recruitment and Application Requirements for the PERM Program

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the PERM regulations, which govern the labor certification process for the permanent employment of immigrant foreign workers and establish responsibilities of employers who wish to employ these workers permanently in the United States. The Department has not comprehensively examined and modifie...

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FILING I-130 PETITIONS AT USCIS OVERSEAS OFFICES

In limited circumstances, I-130 petitions may be filed directly with a US embassy, which will forward the request to a USCIS overseas office for adjudication.  The I-130 is the first part of a family based immigrant visa petition. In 99% of all cases, the I-130 is filed in the United States even if the beneficiary plans to in...

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Issues with the Biometric Scheduling System

Persons living on the east coast filing Adjustment of Status applications for permanent residence, Employment Authorization Documents (EAD), Advance Parole Documents, Permanent Residence Card renewals  or replacements and re-entry permits (I-131), all need to first obtain biometric appointments (basically getting fingerprinting at a...

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BIOMETRICS OUTSIDE OF THE US

Anyone who has filed for a re-entry permit or I-90 (green card renewal) knows that they need to be fingerprinted in the US. This has caused much disruption for those living abroad. We have always wondered why the USCIS could not process these biometrics abroad. Recently, the USCIS said, " USCIS generally collects biometrics overseas...

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March 2015 Visa Bulletin Released with Few Changes

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released its March 2015 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin regulates adjustment of status (AOS) and consular immigrant visa applications by setting priority date cutoffs. Foreign nationals can file their AOS applications or obtain immigrant visas at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad if their...

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FY 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Winners Have Been Selected

The U.S. Department of State has chosen the winners of the Fiscal Year 2016 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery and notified winners of their selection. Foreign nationals who entered the lottery can also check whether they were selected by visiting the Entrant Status Check website: If your lottery entry was chosen, the Entrant Status Check...

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