What Factors Affect a PERM Prevailing Wage Determination

In the PERM stage of the green card process, usually once the beneficiary’s employer has finalized all job duties and requirements, it is a mandatory step to submit a prevailing wage request (PWR) to the Department of Labor’s National Prevailing Wage Center (NPWC) to determine the prevailing wage of the offered position. It is an...

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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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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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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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July 2016 Visa Bulletin Released

JULY 2016 VISA BULLETIN NO MAJOR RETROGRESSION OR ADVANCEMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED CATEGORIES. The Department of State (DOS) has issued its July 2016 Visa Bulletin with no major retrogression or advancement for the EB-1 (Priority Workers), EB-2 (Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability), and EB-3 (Skill...

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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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COUNSELING CAUTION WITH INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

In light of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) recent immigration enforcement memoranda, additional scrutiny in all areas of immigration should be expected, particularly at the border.  When traveling internationally, it is important for everyone to be prepared for delays when going through immigration at US airports and ...

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