December 2018 Visa Bulletin Issued Dec01

December 2018 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its December 2018 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were steady advancements for all priority dates. EB-1-Worldwide: China:                      Priority date of September 1, 2016 (Advancement of 92 days) India:                      ...

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January 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued Dec17

January 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its January 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were steady advancements for all priority dates. EB-1-Worldwide: China:                      Priority date of December 15, 2016 (Advancement of 105 days) India:                      ...

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February 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued Jan16

February 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its February 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were steady advancements for all priority dates. EB-1-Worldwide: China:                      Priority date of February 8, 2017 (Advancement of 56 days) India:                      ...

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March 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued Feb15

March 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its March 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were steady advancements for all priority dates. EB-1-Worldwide: China:                      Priority date of February 22, 2017 (Advancement of 14 days) India:                       ...

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April 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued Mar22

April 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its April 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there were steady advancements for all priority dates except for EB-1 for China and India which saw no advancement. EB-1-Worldwide: China:                      Priority date of February 22, 2017 (No Advancement)...

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Two Year Anniversary of the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order Apr18

Two Year Anniversary of the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order

This April marks two years since President Trump signed the  executive order in 2017. Since then, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented the executive order through rules, policy memoranda, and operational changes. The Buy American and Hire American executive order was signed with the goal ...

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USCIS Provides Additional Guidance for Spousal Petitions Involving Minors Apr19

USCIS Provides Additional Guidance for Spousal Petitions Involving Minors

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provided  about the adjudication of spousal petitions involving minors. The guidance instructs USCIS officers to conduct an additional interview for certain I-130 spousal petitions involving a minor. In general, the bona fides nature of the spousal relationship is as...

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USCIS Issues Policy Guidance for Clarification Regarding Violations of Federal Controlled Substance Law Apr19

USCIS Issues Policy Guidance for Clarification Regarding Violations of Federal Controlled Substance Law

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued providing clarification that violations of federal controlled substance law are generally a bar to establishing good moral character for naturalization, regardless of whether or not it would not be an offense under state laws. As an example, the policy guidanc...

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CBP Announces Alphanumeric I-94 Numbers Apr19

CBP Announces Alphanumeric I-94 Numbers

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that beginning in May 2019, I-94 numbers will be alphanumeric. Prior to this point, I-94 numbers have been 11 digits long and only contained numbers. CBP will be implementing this change because of the depletion of numeric-only I-94 numbers ...

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USCIS Releases New Edition of Form I-129 Apr25

USCIS Releases New Edition of Form I-129

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new edition of Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. The new edition is dated 01/31/19. Starting on 05/20/19, USCIS will no longer be accepting earlier editions of Form I-129. 

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