Premium Processing for FY 2018 Cap Petitions Resume Sep25

Premium Processing for FY 2018 Cap Petitions Resume

On September 18, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions selected under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. Likewise, premium processing has also resumed for the annual 20,000 petitions that are set aside for hiring workers with a U.S...

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The End of DACA Sep06

The End of DACA

On September 5, 2017, President Trump made a decision ordering the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA is a program that began during the Obama-era that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation. It is believed that nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants will be subject to deport...

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USCIS Announces Expansion of In-Person Interviews Aug29

USCIS Announces Expansion of In-Person Interviews

On August 28, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an expansion of in-person interviews. In compliance with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” this expansion will apply to several types of immigration applications for perman...

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What is the “National Interest Waiver” Visa Category?

On Monday, July 31, 2017, attorneys Barbara Wong and Jenny Wang gave a brief overview of the National Interest Waiver visa category. ...

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SEPTEMBER 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED Aug10

SEPTEMBER 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its September 2017 Visa Bulletin.  Most notably, there has been a significant advancement for the priority dates for EB-2 and EB-3. There continues to be no advancement for the priority dates for EB-1 for China and India following a significant retrogression during the June 2017 Visa Bulletin...

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WHAT IS THE RAISE ACT? Aug10

WHAT IS THE RAISE ACT?

On August 2, 2017, Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) introduced a revision to the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act. The main purpose of this bill is to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to: Establish a skills-based immigration points system; Focus family...

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AUGUST 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED Aug03

AUGUST 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its August 2017 Visa Bulletin.  Most notably, there has been a significant retrogression for the priority dates for EB-2 and EB-3 worldwide and no advancement for EB-2 for India and EB-3 for China. There has also been no advancement for the priority dates for EB-1 for China and India followi...

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JULY 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED Jun15

JULY 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its July 2017 Visa Bulletin.  Most notably, there has been a significant retrogression for the priority dates for EB-3 for China. There has also been no advancement for the priority dates for EB-1 for China and India following a significant retrogression during the June 2017 Visa Bulletin. ...

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PLANS TO AGGRESSIVELY CONFRONT VISA PROGRAM FRAUD AND ABUSE Jun08

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PLANS TO AGGRESSIVELY CONFRONT VISA PROGRAM FRAUD AND ABUSE

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RETROGRESSION OF EB-1 PRIORITY DATES FOR CHINA AND INDIA May15

RETROGRESSION OF EB-1 PRIORITY DATES FOR CHINA AND INDIA

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