Category Archives: Immigrant

Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has announced the availability of immigrant numbers during June in the Visa Bulletin for June 2017.

| Immigrant

Biometrics appointment update in New York area

Due to a marked increase in the number of applicants appearing at their centers days/weeks ahead of their scheduled biometric appointments at the USCIS Application Support Centers in New York area,  ASC managers will likely to request that applicants only appear for biometrics on their scheduled appointment date, as the centers do not have the capacity to […]

| Immigrant, ビザ申請手続き

President Trump’s Executive Order

Section 3 of the President Trump’s Executive Order, signed on January 27, 2017, suspends the immigrant and non-immigrant entry of nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. Since the order itself does not define what is meant by “from one of the designated countries,” it would be prudent for […]

| Immigrant, Nonimmigrant

Immigration Visa Issues Addressed (Part II)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule on November 18, 2016, to assist U.S. employers in hiring and retaining high-skilled foreign workers as well as to protect and increase the ability of these foreign national employees to pursue new employment opportunities. Many felt this regulation was required based upon the many […]

| Employment Authorization, Immigrant

Nonimmigrant Changes (Part I)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule on November 18, 2016, to assist U.S. employers in hiring and retaining high-skilled foreign workers as well as to protect and increase the ability of these foreign national employees to pursue new employment opportunities. Many felt this regulation was required based upon the many […]

| Immigrant, Nonimmigrant

New Regulations for Immigrant Workers

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finally published its new regulation “Retention of EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Non-Immigrant Workers” which will take effect on January 17, 2017. Unlike several of President Obama’s recent executive orders, which many fear will be cancelled or modified once President-Elect Trump takes […]

| Employment Authorization, Immigrant, Nonimmigrant

Are you a Grandfathered Alien?

Immigration attorneys face a common problem: there are countless times when a client comes to your office seeking assistance and there is simply nothing that can be done for an individual or family under our U.S. immigration laws. Often this ineligibility is due to a foreign national lacking Section 245(i) protection under the Immigration and […]

| Immigrant

Faster Labor Certification Adjudications

Recently, it appears that the adjudicatory processing times for labor certification applications (also referred to as PERM applications) filed with the U.S. Department of Labor has decreased significantly. As a reminder, this labor certification process is used by employers to sponsor foreign national employees for a green card by testing the American workforce to determine […]

| Immigrant, ビザ申請手続き

DOS Rolls Back “Dates for Filing” for Some Visa Categories in Revised October Visa Bulletin

Unfortunately, late on Friday, September 25, 2015, the DOS released an updated visa bulletin that supersedes the bulletin released on September 9, 2015. As you know, there was a shift in USCIS policy that would allow certain foreign nationals to file adjustment of status applications (“green card” applications) even before a visa number was actually […]

| Immigrant

Revised Procedures for Filing Adjustment of Status Applications

THE REVISED PROCEDURE USCIS announced on September 9, 2015 a change in the rules as to when an adjustment of status application (AOS) can be filed. Previously, the AOS applications could not be filed until the Department of State’s visa bulletin indicated the applicant’s priority date had been reached. Now, two separate charts will be […]

| Employment Authorization, Immigrant