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  • Business Visa

    The latest posts for Business Visa are listed below.
    • What's Happening with H-1B Visas?

      USCIS Not Considering H-1B Visa Rule Changes President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative aims to stop hundreds of thousands of foreign workers, predominantly Indian IT professionals, from keeping their H-1B visas while their green card applications are pending. The goal is to impose new restrictions to prevent abuse and misuse of H-1B visas, aside from ending the provision of ...
    • How Do the Recent Employment-Based Visa Changes Affect Me?

      Rules on immigration have been experiencing upheaval recently. The current U.S. president’s executive order banning about 218 million people from entering the country concerned millions of others across the United States. Countries around the world also found it cause for concern, as many immigrants flock to the country on visas that could be rendered useless by another such order. For now, a ...
    • Alternatives to the H-1B Visa

      Obtaining a business visa for the United States can be tougher than it appears. The US Citizen and Immigration Services reached its quota of 236,000 H-1B petitions for the fiscal year of 2017 within the first week of opening the pool in April. On April 9, USCIS used a computer-generated lottery to randomly select petitions for the general category cap and the advanced degree cap. As USCIS will ...

    Criminal Convictions

    The latest posts for Criminal Convictions are listed below.
    • Immigration Policy Changes Affecting Legal Immigrants in 2019

      The Trump administration in 2018 focused on finding ways to curtail legal immigration and increase the powers of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enforce immigration laws. Although there are some updates and changes which have a negative impact on foreigners, others provide significant help. Immigrants will be affected by the following changes and updates in U.S. immigration law: ...
    • Crimes that Can Result in Deportation

      According to U.S. immigration law, certain crimes in California can result in deportation if you are not a U.S. citizen. In fact, all immigrants--even green card holders--can be deported if they violate immigration laws. In general, immigrants can be deported if they are convicted of either a “crime of moral turpitude” or an “aggravated felony.” Furthermore, there are specific crimes that qualify ...
    • Immigrants Can Be Detained Indefinitely Without Bond Hearings, Supreme Court Rules

      The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-3 in February that immigrants, even those with permanent legal status and those seeking asylum, do not have the right to bond hearings every six months—essentially meaning the government is allowed to detain them indefinitely. The majority opinion—written by Justice Samuel Alto and joined by the court’s conservatives—said that the decision by the Ninth Circuit Court ...

    DACA

    The latest posts for DACA are listed below.
    • Texas Judge Says DACA Must Resume For Now

      At the end of August, a federal judge in Texas choose not to issue a preliminary injunction that would terminate DACA; however, he said the Obama-era program--that protects nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation and allows them to work legally--will end in the future. Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen found that Texas and a coalition of other states failed to bring their case in ...
    • USICS Completes Lottery for Temporary Increase in H-2B Visas for FY 2018

      The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) started receiving H-2B petitions on May 31, under the temporary rule which increased the cap on such visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the end of FY 2018. The government agency received petitions for more beneficiaries compared to the number of H-2B visas available under the supplemental cap in the first five business days of ...
    • Federal Judge Orders DACA Program Must Be Resumed

      While the Trump administration aims to end deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants under DACA, a D.C. federal judge ordered the government to continue the Obama-era program and reopen it to new applicants. The decision was issued last Tuesday evening by U.S. District Judge John Bates, a George W. Bush appointee in Washington D.C. Bates is the third judge to rule against the Trump ...

    Employer Verification Questionnaire

    The latest posts for Employer Verification Questionnaire are listed below.
    • Employer Verification Questionnaire Sample Sent to Employer by FDNS

      The Vermont Service Center’s Fraud Detection and National Security unit (FDNS) recently sent a H-1B employer an employment verification questionnaire. An employer would typically be sent this type of questionnaire after an H-1B employee commences work. This type of worksheet would be used by FDNS to determine whether the employer is complying with the terms of the H-1B petition.

    Firm News

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    • USCIS Issues Additional Information to Employers Whose H-1B Petitions for Health Care Specialty Occupations Have Been Denied

      WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today issued guidance to certain employers who received a denial of Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting H-1B classification for a beneficiary to practice in a health care specialty occupation prior to May 20, 2009. If the Form I-129 was denied solely on the basis that the beneficiary did not possess a Master’s or ...
    • Neufeld Memo on 1-751 Filed Prior to Termination of Marriage

      U.S. Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Domestic Operations Directorate Washington, DC 20529-2110 I See Immigration and Naturalization Service Memorandum, "Filing a Waiver of the Joint Filing Requirement Prior to Final Termination of the Marriage," dated April 10, 2003. 2 A CPR who is separated from the petitioning spouse, or has initiated divorce or ...
    • USCIS Releases Immigration Q&As for Members of Armed Forces and Their Families

      Immigration Information for Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their Families Background U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers immigration services and resources specifically for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families who are stationed in the United States and abroad. USCIS established a military assistance team to ensure that the military community receives quick ...

    Foreign Affairs

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    • New DOS rule regarding alien conduct inconsistent with his or her non-immigrant status within 90 days of entry

      On September 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) updated the Field Adjudicators Manual (“FAM”) by adding a new rule so as to provide U.S. consular officers with new guidance relating to the term “misrepresentation” as it relates to aliens in the U.S. If an alien violates or engages in conduct inconsistent with his or her nonimmigrant status within 90 days of entry, the US Consular ...
    • The International Entrepreneurial Rule Faces Delay And Possibly Rescission

      The International Entrepreneurial Rule, announced in January 2017, was supposed to go into effect July 17, 2017, but the Department of Homeland Security issued a memo on July 10, 2017 delaying its implementation until March 14, 2018. According to the memo, this delay will provide DHS with an opportunity to obtain comments from the public regarding a proposal to rescind the rule pursuant to ...
    • Supreme Court temporarily allows broader exemptions for relatives from countries affected by Travel Ban

      The Supreme Court has for the time being allowed the Trump administration to implement restrictions on the nation's refugee program, but it let stand a lower court order from Hawaii regarding the extended definition of a ‘close familial relationship’. The Supreme Court stated last month that the Travel Ban could go into effect and be applied to people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and ...

    Foreign Workers

    The latest posts for Foreign Workers are listed below.
    • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions Effective Immediately

      On October 3, 2017, USCIS announced that premium processing was once again available to all Petitioners seeking H-1B visas. H-1B visas allow skilled workers in certain specialty occupations to temporarily work and reside in the United States. When a request for premium processing is made and the requisite fee is paid, USCIS has 15 calendar days during which to make a decision on the application. ...
    • USCIS Issues New Policy Memorandum Regarding Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites

      USCIS recently issued a new policy memorandum entitled “Contracts and Itineraries Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites”. This memorandum summarized the primary requirements for establishing eligibility for an H-1B petition involving a third-party worksite, or end-client worksite, namely: The beneficiary will be employed in a specialty occupation and The employer will ...
    • Temporary vs. Permanent Work Visas: What’s the Difference?

      The United States attracts immigrants from all sorts of professional backgrounds. Researchers, artists, religious workers, scientists and even athletes seek employment in the U.S. However, to enter and work in the country, immigrant workers will need to have a visa. There are two categories of employment visas for workers: temporary and permanent . In this blog, we explain what the differences are ...

    H-1B Cap

    The latest posts for H-1B Cap are listed below.
    • USCIS Reaches Statutory Limit of H-1B Cap Cases for Fiscal Year 2020

      On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020. After completing the random selection process for the regular cap, USCIS also determined that it has received a number of petitions projected as sufficient to meet the 20,000 H-1B ...
    • USCIS reaches the H-1B Regular Cap for FY 2020

      U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Friday, April 5, 2019 that they have received sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap for fiscal year 2020. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited multiple filings. The fiscal year begins October 1, 2019 ...
    • How to Find an H-1B Visa Sponsor

      If you wish to work in the United States, you need to obtain a work visa. The most common type of work visa is the H-1B visa . An H-1B visa allows U.S. companies and/or organizations to hire immigrant workers in a specialty line of work (e.g. lawyers, engineers, architects, computer programmers, business executives, etc.). In order to file a petition for this type of work visa, you must have a job ...

    Immigrant Employment

    The latest posts for Immigrant Employment are listed below.
    • How to Find an H-1B Visa Sponsor

      If you wish to work in the United States, you need to obtain a work visa. The most common type of work visa is the H-1B visa . An H-1B visa allows U.S. companies and/or organizations to hire immigrant workers in a specialty line of work (e.g. lawyers, engineers, architects, computer programmers, business executives, etc.). In order to file a petition for this type of work visa, you must have a job ...
    • What's Happening with H-1B Visas?

      USCIS Not Considering H-1B Visa Rule Changes President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative aims to stop hundreds of thousands of foreign workers, predominantly Indian IT professionals, from keeping their H-1B visas while their green card applications are pending. The goal is to impose new restrictions to prevent abuse and misuse of H-1B visas, aside from ending the provision of ...
    • Do I Qualify for an H-1B Visa?

      An H-1B Visa is for temporary specialty workers who meet specific requirements and immigration regulations. To qualify for an H-1B Visa, you must do the following. Basic Requirements You have to be coming to the U.S. to perform services in a specialty occupation. Jobs that require the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge, are considered specialty ...

    Immigrant Investors

    The latest posts for Immigrant Investors are listed below.
    • Does the Government Shutdown Affect Immigration Matters?

      There are has been an enormous amount of concern and confusion surrounding the current government shutdown, especially those who are federal employees or receive federal subsidies. While the main issue for the shutdown is immigration , specifically building a “steel wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border, most immigration processes remain ongoing. The following blog post answers the most frequently asked ...
    • What Is an Investor Visa & Who Qualifies?

      The U.S. offers a way for wealthy investors to enter the country to stimulate the economy. Known as an investor visa, the EB-5 visa can allow investors to enter the country and immediately obtain permanent residence. There are a limited number of these visas issued each year, and the number of visas issued to investors of any one country is also limited. If the limit of either quota is reached, ...
    • USCIS holds EB-5 Immigrant Investor Quarterly Stakeholder Engagement

      The USCIS Office of Public Engagement held a stakeholders meeting to discuss current USCIS policy and practice for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program.

    Immigrant Petition

    The latest posts for Immigrant Petition are listed below.
    • Barr Makes Significant Changes to Immigration Courts

      After being confirmed as the new U.S. Attorney General, William Barr has set his sights on making substantial changes to immigration courts. Under Barr, the Justice Department is set to issue new rule changes that will make it easier for appellate immigration judges to declare their rulings binding on the entire immigration system. Among the changes was expanding the use of single-judge, cursory ...
    • 9 Common USCIS Form Mistakes

      U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) applications can be complicated and meticulous. There is plenty of room for error when it comes to filling these forms out. Any mistakes made on your applications can result in the delay or denial of your visa. The following are the most common mistakes made when filling out USCIS paperwork: Forget to sign the document - A form could be returned or ...
    • Does the Government Shutdown Affect Immigration Matters?

      There are has been an enormous amount of concern and confusion surrounding the current government shutdown, especially those who are federal employees or receive federal subsidies. While the main issue for the shutdown is immigration , specifically building a “steel wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border, most immigration processes remain ongoing. The following blog post answers the most frequently asked ...

    Immigrants

    The latest posts for Immigrants are listed below.
    • Barr Makes Significant Changes to Immigration Courts

      After being confirmed as the new U.S. Attorney General, William Barr has set his sights on making substantial changes to immigration courts. Under Barr, the Justice Department is set to issue new rule changes that will make it easier for appellate immigration judges to declare their rulings binding on the entire immigration system. Among the changes was expanding the use of single-judge, cursory ...
    • Leader of Militia Detaining Migrants at the Border Arrested by FBI

      Larry Mitchell Hopkins, the leader of the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), was recently arrested by the FBI just days after video was released showing the group holding migrants near the U.S border against their will. Hopkins was arrested in New Mexico on charges of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. In 2017, the FBI discovered weapons at Hopkins’s residence after the ...
    • What's Happening with H-1B Visas?

      USCIS Not Considering H-1B Visa Rule Changes President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative aims to stop hundreds of thousands of foreign workers, predominantly Indian IT professionals, from keeping their H-1B visas while their green card applications are pending. The goal is to impose new restrictions to prevent abuse and misuse of H-1B visas, aside from ending the provision of ...

    Immigration Attorneys

    The latest posts for Immigration Attorneys are listed below.
    • Uncertainty Surrounds the H-1B Visa Program

      The H-1B Visa has helped thousands of foreign workers secure gainful employment here in the United States. The program offers work visas for jobs that require theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge. Those who have obtained an H-1B Visa often see this milestone as the start of a long and hopefully permanent stay in the U.S. However, since the election of ...
    • How to Choose the Right Immigration Attorney

      The U.S. immigration process can be highly complex and treacherous, especially in this current political climate. When you are navigating through the convoluted system, you will want an attorney that can best handle your case. A skilled immigration lawyer can make a substantial difference in your case. In fact, many people lose their cases simply because they didn’t have any legal representation, ...
    • How Does U.S. Citizenship Through Parents Work?

      There are two ways to obtain U.S. citizenship through one’s parents. The first is at birth, while the second is after birth but before reaching the age of 18. A person’s parents can include: genetic fathers, genetic mothers, and non-genetic gestational mothers. In general, a child born outside the U.S. can become a citizen at birth if: Both of their parents were married to each other at the time ...

    In the News

    The latest posts for In the News are listed below.
    • Barr Makes Significant Changes to Immigration Courts

      After being confirmed as the new U.S. Attorney General, William Barr has set his sights on making substantial changes to immigration courts. Under Barr, the Justice Department is set to issue new rule changes that will make it easier for appellate immigration judges to declare their rulings binding on the entire immigration system. Among the changes was expanding the use of single-judge, cursory ...
    • Leader of Militia Detaining Migrants at the Border Arrested by FBI

      Larry Mitchell Hopkins, the leader of the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), was recently arrested by the FBI just days after video was released showing the group holding migrants near the U.S border against their will. Hopkins was arrested in New Mexico on charges of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. In 2017, the FBI discovered weapons at Hopkins’s residence after the ...
    • DHS Tightens Rules to Detect Child Marriage

      Although the latest immigration news reports have focused on national security matters, especially after President Trump declared a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern U.S. border, the Department of Homeland Security announced new rules to track child marriages through immigration. Currently, federal immigration laws do not establish a minimum age requirement for an ...

    Legal Permanent Residency

    The latest posts for Legal Permanent Residency are listed below.
    • How to Avoid the I-751 Interview

      Going into a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office for your I-751 interview can be terrifying, to say the least. Since the stakes are extremely high, making a mistake could mean that you or your partner’s conditional resident’s status could be in jeopardy. Fortunately, it is possible to have the interview waived and obtain approval for the I-751 petition, as long as USCIS believes the ...
    • Do I Qualify for an H-1B Visa?

      An H-1B Visa is for temporary specialty workers who meet specific requirements and immigration regulations. To qualify for an H-1B Visa, you must do the following. Basic Requirements You have to be coming to the U.S. to perform services in a specialty occupation. Jobs that require the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge, are considered specialty ...
    • Immigration Policy Changes Affecting Legal Immigrants in 2019

      The Trump administration in 2018 focused on finding ways to curtail legal immigration and increase the powers of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enforce immigration laws. Although there are some updates and changes which have a negative impact on foreigners, others provide significant help. Immigrants will be affected by the following changes and updates in U.S. immigration law: ...

    Naturalization

    The latest posts for Naturalization are listed below.
    • Immigration Policy Changes Affecting Legal Immigrants in 2019

      The Trump administration in 2018 focused on finding ways to curtail legal immigration and increase the powers of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enforce immigration laws. Although there are some updates and changes which have a negative impact on foreigners, others provide significant help. Immigrants will be affected by the following changes and updates in U.S. immigration law: ...
    • What to Expect During the Naturalization Process

      Naturalization is the process through which someone who is not born in the United States becomes a U.S. citizen. From start to finish, this process can take months or even years, and each step is instrumental in achieving your ultimate goal—becoming a U.S. citizen. Below, we explain each step and what you can expect. Determining Eligibility Before you apply, you must first determine whether or not ...
    • The Citizenship Test: What to Expect

      If you are applying for naturalization, there are several steps to complete your application. One of these steps is a naturalization test , which tests your ability to read, write, and speak English, as well as measure your knowledge of U.S. history and government. Here’s what you should expect from these examinations. Language Test The English proficiency test is meant to demonstrate that you are ...

    Nonimmigrant Visa

    The latest posts for Nonimmigrant Visa are listed below.
    • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions Effective Immediately

      On October 3, 2017, USCIS announced that premium processing was once again available to all Petitioners seeking H-1B visas. H-1B visas allow skilled workers in certain specialty occupations to temporarily work and reside in the United States. When a request for premium processing is made and the requisite fee is paid, USCIS has 15 calendar days during which to make a decision on the application. ...
    • One-Time Increase in H-2B Nonimmigrant Visas for FY 2017

      On July 19, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security and Labor published a final rule increasing the numerical limit (“cap”) on H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2017, beyond the annual cap of 66,000 visas allotted for this current fiscal year. These visas will be available only to American businesses which attest that they will likely ...
    • The K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa Process

      A K-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa that can be issued to the fiancé or fiancée of a U.S. citizen for the purpose of entering the U.S. to get married. After the marriage, it is possible for the foreign spouse to apply for lawful residence through a process known as the adjustment of status. Find out more about the process of obtaining a fiancé visa. Am I Eligible for a Fiancé Visa? In order to be ...

    NTA Issuance

    The latest posts for NTA Issuance are listed below.
    • Immigration Policy Changes Affecting Legal Immigrants in 2019

      The Trump administration in 2018 focused on finding ways to curtail legal immigration and increase the powers of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enforce immigration laws. Although there are some updates and changes which have a negative impact on foreigners, others provide significant help. Immigrants will be affected by the following changes and updates in U.S. immigration law: ...
    • Updated Guidance regarding NTA Issuance (Implementation Pending)

      USCIS recently announced an update in its guidance regarding the issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs), Form I-862. An NTA is a charging document that is issued to foreign nationals placing them in removal proceedings and directing them to appear before an Immigration Judge. The new USCIS Policy Memorandum entitled: Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) ...

    Permanent Resident

    The latest posts for Permanent Resident are listed below.
    • What Happens to My Green Card After Divorce?

      While divorce means the end of a marriage, it could also result in revocation of permanent residence—and even deportation from the United States. According to U.S. immigration laws, an immigrant who is part of a legitimate marriage can qualify for a green card . In the event of a divorce, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may review the validity of the marriage. Fortunately, ...
    • Immigrants Can Be Detained Indefinitely Without Bond Hearings, Supreme Court Rules

      The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-3 in February that immigrants, even those with permanent legal status and those seeking asylum, do not have the right to bond hearings every six months—essentially meaning the government is allowed to detain them indefinitely. The majority opinion—written by Justice Samuel Alto and joined by the court’s conservatives—said that the decision by the Ninth Circuit Court ...
    • Temporary vs. Permanent Work Visas: What’s the Difference?

      The United States attracts immigrants from all sorts of professional backgrounds. Researchers, artists, religious workers, scientists and even athletes seek employment in the U.S. However, to enter and work in the country, immigrant workers will need to have a visa. There are two categories of employment visas for workers: temporary and permanent . In this blog, we explain what the differences are ...

    Statistics

    The latest posts for Statistics are listed below.
    • Selected Statistics for FY2011 Released

      The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) released a worksheet detailing selected statistics for fiscal years 2011. According to the statistics the OFLC received 43,179 online PERM applications between October 2010 and May 2011. Only 1,905 mail-in applications were received for the same year. The newly released statistics also stated that of the active PERM cases (as of May 31, 2011), 37 ...

    Student Exchange Programs

    The latest posts for Student Exchange Programs are listed below.
    • University of Northern Virginia SEVP Program is in the Process of Being Revoked

      Students from the University of Northern Virginia should be aware that a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) representative recently served the school’s officials with a Notice of Intent to Withdraw the school’s SEVP-certification and SEVIS access. Students at the University of Northern Virginia are now left with two options: 1) Continue to attend classes and maintain their active status ...

    Students

    The latest posts for Students are listed below.
    • Important Reporting Requirements for STEM OPT Students

      If you are participating in a STEM OPT program, you must keep track of the following important reporting requirements in order to maintain your F-1 status: Regularly check in with your DSO to validate Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) information and report changes made to your Form I-983, “Training Plan for STEM OPT Students.” Every 6 months, you must confirm that your SEVIS ...
    • The Fate of DACA Hinges on Year-End Spending Deal

      With Congress leaving Capitol Hill in just under two weeks, the fate of nearly 700,000 immigrants hangs in limbo. Democrats in the Senate now must decide if they want to add protections for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as a condition of their support for what is viewed as a “must-pass” spending bill. Their other option is to kick the issue to next year where they have ...
    • Understanding the DREAM Act

      The DREAM Act is a bipartisan legislation that allows undocumented students who are driven to achieve a way to obtain legal residency. These students were often brought to the U.S. as young children and have spent most of their lives in the U.S. Eligible students are deeply rooted in their communities and often volunteer and participate in activities that benefit American communities, as well as ...

    Temporary Travel

    The latest posts for Temporary Travel are listed below.
    • Temporary vs. Permanent Work Visas: What’s the Difference?

      The United States attracts immigrants from all sorts of professional backgrounds. Researchers, artists, religious workers, scientists and even athletes seek employment in the U.S. However, to enter and work in the country, immigrant workers will need to have a visa. There are two categories of employment visas for workers: temporary and permanent . In this blog, we explain what the differences are ...
    • President Donald Trump Issues New Travel Ban

      President Trump has issued a presidential proclamation banning or restricting travel from eight countries, adding Chad and Venezuela and North Korea to the original list of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. Nationals of Sudan, who were impacted by earlier versions of the travel ban, are not included in the proclamation as senior administration officials said a review of Sudan’s cooperation ...
    • Department of State Implements New DS-160 Form

      The Department of State (DOS) has recently launched a new version of Form DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application. The DS-160 is a fully integrated online form that is used to collect important information about a person seeking a nonimmigrant visa for temporary travel to the United States. The form is submitted electronically, via the Internet, to the Department of State. This form is then used to ...

    USCIS

    The latest posts for USCIS are listed below.
    • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

      USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the premium processing request. When an H-1B petitioner properly requests the agency’s premium processing service, USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time. If we do not take certain adjudicative action ...
    • USCIS Extends Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

      On August 28, 2018, USCIS announced that they will be extending the previously announced suspension of premium processing for H-1B quota petitions and that the suspension of premium processing will also be expanded to include other H-1B petitions. Importantly, the expanded temporary suspension will apply to ALL H-1B petitions filed at the Vermont and California Service Centers (except for those ...
    • Does the Government Shutdown Affect Immigration Matters?

      There are has been an enormous amount of concern and confusion surrounding the current government shutdown, especially those who are federal employees or receive federal subsidies. While the main issue for the shutdown is immigration , specifically building a “steel wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border, most immigration processes remain ongoing. The following blog post answers the most frequently asked ...

    VAWA

    The latest posts for VAWA are listed below.
    • VAWA in the New Administration

      The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was first passed in 1994 and offers immigrants fleeing abuse and violence a path to obtain legal immigrant status in the United States. It has been reauthorized multiple times throughout the past administrations, but the Trump administration has indicated that it is considering significant cuts to the Act’s grant funding. These cuts can be especially ...

    Verma Law Firm

    The latest posts for Verma Law Firm are listed below.
    • How to Choose the Right Immigration Attorney

      The U.S. immigration process can be highly complex and treacherous, especially in this current political climate. When you are navigating through the convoluted system, you will want an attorney that can best handle your case. A skilled immigration lawyer can make a substantial difference in your case. In fact, many people lose their cases simply because they didn’t have any legal representation, ...
    • The Citizenship Test: What to Expect

      If you are applying for naturalization, there are several steps to complete your application. One of these steps is a naturalization test , which tests your ability to read, write, and speak English, as well as measure your knowledge of U.S. history and government. Here’s what you should expect from these examinations. Language Test The English proficiency test is meant to demonstrate that you are ...
    • USCIS Issues Additional Information to Employers Whose H-1B Petitions for Health Care Specialty Occupations Have Been Denied

      WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today issued guidance to certain employers who received a denial of Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting H-1B classification for a beneficiary to practice in a health care specialty occupation prior to May 20, 2009. If the Form I-129 was denied solely on the basis that the beneficiary did not possess a Master’s or ...

    Visa Office

    The latest posts for Visa Office are listed below.
    • How Does the Visa Waiver Program Work?

      The Visa Waiver Program, hosted by the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs, is a viable option for immigrants of participating countries. The details of this program allow most citizens or nationals to travel the United States for tourism or business. The stays are detailed in spans of 90 days or less, without the participant first obtaining a visa, as long as he or she meets ...
    • The K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa Process

      A K-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa that can be issued to the fiancé or fiancée of a U.S. citizen for the purpose of entering the U.S. to get married. After the marriage, it is possible for the foreign spouse to apply for lawful residence through a process known as the adjustment of status. Find out more about the process of obtaining a fiancé visa. Am I Eligible for a Fiancé Visa? In order to be ...
    • Filing for Permanent Residency as a Refugee

      Refugees and asylees seeking shelter and sanctuary in the United States seem to be at the top of every headline in recent weeks as the conflict in Syria rages on. While many citizens wonder if the refugees will be forced to leave, the refugees themselves need to start thinking about how they can legally stay. Although it might not be common knowledge, people who have been refugees or held asylum ...

    Visas

    The latest posts for Visas are listed below.
    • New Data Shows USCIS Is Increasing Denial Rates for H-1B Visas

      With the Trump administration cracking down on the way H-1B visas are handled, there has been a substantial increase in legitimate applications being denied, delayed, and rejected. Lawyers from across the country say this crackdown is breaking laws and snarling applicants in red tape. According to a report from Reuters, the Trump administration is delaying and denying more H-1B visa applications ...
    • DHS Tightens Rules to Detect Child Marriage

      Although the latest immigration news reports have focused on national security matters, especially after President Trump declared a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern U.S. border, the Department of Homeland Security announced new rules to track child marriages through immigration. Currently, federal immigration laws do not establish a minimum age requirement for an ...
    • What's Happening with H-1B Visas?

      USCIS Not Considering H-1B Visa Rule Changes President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative aims to stop hundreds of thousands of foreign workers, predominantly Indian IT professionals, from keeping their H-1B visas while their green card applications are pending. The goal is to impose new restrictions to prevent abuse and misuse of H-1B visas, aside from ending the provision of ...

    Wages

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    • The Office of Foreign Labor Certification releasese Q&A's on Delays

      OFLC issues Q&A's regarding delays in the issuance of the prevailing wage determinations and H-1B Labor Condition Applications; information on alternative sources for obtaining a prevailing wage in support of an H-1B application. Visit the website for more details: http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/pdf/PWD_FAQ_Backlog.pdf
    • DOL Updates Online Wage Library

      DOL Updates Online Wage Library The Department of Labor's Foreign Labor Certification Data Center has updated the the Online Wage Library for prevailing wage determinations. Wages for the 7/2011 - 6/2012 program year are now available and are effective 7/1/2011. View them at Online Wage Library
    • DOL's Prevailing Wage Determinations Temporarily Suspended

      As of August 11, 2011, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) National Prevailing Wage Center (NPWC) has temporarily suspended processing of Prevailing Wage Determinations (PWDs). In addition, DOL is not reviewing requests for reconsideration or appeals to the Center Director. Our office has not received PWD from DOL since July 01, 2011. The NPWC is required to reissue approximately 4,000 H-2B wage ...

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    • 9 Common USCIS Form Mistakes

      U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) applications can be complicated and meticulous. There is plenty of room for error when it comes to filling these forms out. Any mistakes made on your applications can result in the delay or denial of your visa. The following are the most common mistakes made when filling out USCIS paperwork: Forget to sign the document - A form could be returned or ...
    • Immigration Policy Changes Affecting Legal Immigrants in 2019

      The Trump administration in 2018 focused on finding ways to curtail legal immigration and increase the powers of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enforce immigration laws. Although there are some updates and changes which have a negative impact on foreigners, others provide significant help. Immigrants will be affected by the following changes and updates in U.S. immigration law: ...
    • USCIS to Address Asylum Backlog with Action

      Last week, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they will schedule asylum interviews for recent applications ahead of older filings, in an effort to curb the growth of the agency’s asylum backlog. The agency is in charge of overseeing the country’s legal immigration system, such as adjudicating asylum claims. Considered to be at a crisis level, USCIS currently faces ...
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