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February 2018 Visa Bulletin – Check-in with Charlie Oppenheim, Department of State 

January 26th, 2018|

EB-1 India and EB-1 China. Charlie expects these categories to remain current for the coming months, but the imposition of [...]

What Happens If the Government Shuts Down Today?

January 19th, 2018|

USCIS: USCIS is a fee-funded agency with the exception of E-Verify, so if the government shuts down, only E-Verify shuts down. [...]

Re-registration for El Salvador TPS Recipients

January 19th, 2018|

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under El Salvador’s designation [...]

H-1B Cap Season FY2019

January 11th, 2018|

It is time to start working on H-1B CAP cases. The filing period is the first 5 business days of [...]

Important Update: USCIS Is Now Not Considering Changes to the H-1B Extension Rules

January 10th, 2018|

In a news update made available late yesterday, the McClatchy DC news service reported that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration [...]

BREAKING: DHS Ends Temporary Protected Status For Salvadorans

January 8th, 2018|

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today it will terminate a temporary protected status program for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans [...]

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Considering Changes to H-1B Extension Rules

January 5th, 2018|

DHS is reportedly considering new regulations that would limit the ability of H-1B workers who are in the lawful permanent [...]

January Visa Bulletin – Check-in with Charlie Oppenheim, Department of State 

December 22nd, 2017|

Employment-Based Preference Categories EB-1 China and EB-1 India. These categories will remain current for the coming months, but the imposition of a final [...]

TPS Renewal for Honduras

December 20th, 2017|

Current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Honduras’ designation who want to maintain that status through the current expiration [...]

TPS Renewal for Nicaragua

December 18th, 2017|

Current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Nicaragua’s designation who want to maintain that status through the program’s termination [...]

USCIS Specifies Charts for Family- & Employment-Based Filings

December 1st, 2017|

USCIS determined that for December 2017, family-based preference filings must use the Dates for Filing chart and employment-based preference filings must [...]

December Visa Bulletin – Check-In with Charlie Oppenheim, Department of State

November 27th, 2017|

EB-1 China, EB-1 India, and EB-2 and EB-3 Worldwide. As previously reported, these categories are expected to remain current for the foreseeable future, [...]

Potentially Very Bad News for H-4 EAD Holders

November 21st, 2017|

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on plans by the Trump administration to overturn a rule allowing the spouses of H-1B holders, who hold [...]

DACA Renewal Mail Delivery Issues Update

November 17th, 2017|

USCIS announced on 11/15/2017 that it will accept DACA renewal requests that were previously rejected as late if they are resubmitted [...]

I-9 Scam Alert

November 7th, 2017|

USCIS has learned that employers have received scam emails requesting Form I-9 information that appear to come from USCIS. Employers [...]

November 2017 Visa Bulletin – Check-In with DOS’ Charlie Oppenheim

November 1st, 2017|

Employment-Based Preference Categories EB-1 China, EB-1 India, and EB-2 and EB-3 Worldwide. As previously reported, all of these categories are expected to remain [...]

Advance Parole Applications Being Denied for International Travel

October 9th, 2017|

Immigration is now denying applications for advance parole if the applicant travels abroad while the application is pending.  The application [...]

Premium Process Available for All H-1B Petitions

October 3rd, 2017|

Good news!  Premium process is now available for all H-1B petitions.

H-1B Premium Processing Will Be Resumed Oct. 3, USCIS Announces

September 28th, 2017|

USCIS has indicated it will Resume Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions by October 3.  Stay tuned for updates.

October 2017 Visa Bulletin Update with Charlie Oppenheim, Department of State

September 27th, 2017|

EB-1 China and EB-1 India. These categories will become current again in October. These categories are expected to remain current for [...]

Travel Ban

September 26th, 2017|

On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a presidential proclamation, titled "Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry [...]

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Visas

September 18th, 2017|

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year [...]

Diversity Visa Lottery Program Registration for 2019

September 15th, 2017|

Applicants must submit entries for the 2019 diversity visa lottery electronically at www.dvlottery.state.gov between 12:00 pm (ET) on October 3, 2017, and 12:00 pm (ET) on November 7, [...]

TPS Update

September 14th, 2017|

There has been recent news that affects some TPS recipients.  If you live in the Sixth or Ninth Circuits (TN, [...]

USCIS Announces Projected Date for Resuming H-1B Processing

September 12th, 2017|

USCIS has stated that it anticipates resuming premium processing for H-1B petitions on or before October 3, 2017.  It can’t happen [...]

ATTN E-Verify Enrolled Employers

September 7th, 2017|

Recently, E-Verify released a redesigned participation poster. The new poster informs current and prospective employees of their legal rights, responsibilities, [...]

The End of DACA

September 6th, 2017|

While the Trump Administration announced the end of DACA today, September 5, 2017, there is a six month window (to March [...]

ATTN:  DACA Recipients

August 30th, 2017|

The Trump Administration is considering ending the DACA program.  There has not been a final decision yet.  However, since ending [...]

In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based I-485 Applicants to Begin October 1, 2017

August 29th, 2017|

USCIS will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applicants whose benefit, if granted, would allow them to permanently [...]

Attention: Employers Who Use The H-1B Program

August 28th, 2017|

Please consider sending a letter to your members of Congress discussing the value and importance of the H-1B visa program. [...]

September 2017 Visa Bulletin Update with Charlie Oppenheim, Department of State

August 24th, 2017|

EB-1 China and EB-1 India. The final action date of January 1, 2012, which was imposed in June 2017, will remain [...]

Suspension of Nonimmigrant Visa Operations in Russia Starts Today

August 23rd, 2017|

Nonimmigrant Visa operations across Russia will be suspended beginning August 23, 2017.  Visa operations will resume on a reduced scale.  Please [...]

Advance Parole – Denials due to International Travel

August 22nd, 2017|

USCIS has recently been denying Form I-131 advance parole applications for abandonment in instances where the applicant has traveled abroad [...]

Oppose the RAISE Act!

August 8th, 2017|

Strongly oppose the RAISE Act!  Among other things, the RAISE Act: Aims to cut immigration by at least half from [...]

New Form I-9 Will Be Mandatory Starting Sept. 17, 2017

July 28th, 2017|

A new version of Form I-9 (https://www.uscis.gov/i-9) will become mandatory on September 17, 2017.  Instructions to Form I-9 do not explain how to [...]

New Form DS-5535 for Extra Scrutiny in Connection with National Security Ineligibilities

July 26th, 2017|

Consular processing:  New Form DS-5535, Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants: If a consular officer determines that an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa applicant [...]

August 2017 Visa Bulletin Update

July 24th, 2017|

Check-In with Department of State’s Charlie Oppenheim on the August 2017 Visa Bulletin. EB-1 China and India. A final action date [...]

Dream Act of 2017 Introduced to Congress – Show Support for This Bill!

July 21st, 2017|

Today (July 20, 2017), a bipartisan bill called the Dream Act of 2017 was introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) [...]

2018 H-1B Petitions Not Selected for Processing to Be Returned, USCIS Announces

July 20th, 2017|

USCIS announced on July 19, that it has returned all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected [...]

DREAM Act to Be Reintroduced to Congress Soon

July 20th, 2017|

McClatchy News (McClatchy) reported that Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) plan to re-introduce a version of the [...]

Travel Ban Update

June 28th, 2017|

The Supreme Court this week decided to hear the Travel Ban cases when it reconvenes in the fall. In the [...]

July Visa Bulletin Highlights Final Action Dates for Various EB Visas

June 27th, 2017|

The State Department issued the July Visa Bulletin and provides the following comments regarding the bulletin: EB-1 China and India. The final action [...]

New USCIS App to Help You Prepare for the Civics Test in Naturalization Interview

June 22nd, 2017|

For those preparing for naturalization:  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has introduced a new app:  “USCIS: Civics Test Study Tools,” [...]

Texas Driver License Information from DPS Driver License Division

May 26th, 2017|

“If possible, the customer should visit a driver license office at least 30 days before your driver license or limited [...]

Check-In with the Department of State’s Charlie Oppenheim Regarding the June 2017 Visa Bulletin

May 24th, 2017|

Employment-Based Preference Categories. Increased demand across the employment based preferences, including EB-4 and EB-5, has significantly decreased the "otherwise unused [...]

H-1B Visa Cap for FY 2018 Reached, USCIS Announces

April 18th, 2017|

USCIS announced on April 7, 2017 that it had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 [...]

USCIS Announces New Measures to Deter & Detect H-1B Visa Fraud

April 6th, 2017|

USCIS announced this week multiple measures to further deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. USCIS will now take [...]

NSC Announces Processing Change Due to USCIS’s Premium Processing Suspension

March 30th, 2017|

The Nebraska Service Center (NSC) has advised that, due to the high volume of incoming premium processing requests, H-4 I-539 [...]

Know Your Rights (Brochure)

March 22nd, 2017|

Know Your Rights – Important information is contained in this brochure should you be stopped or detained by Immigration authorities [...]

April Visa Bulletin Released

March 20th, 2017|

The April Visa Bulletin has been released.  Charles ("Charlie") Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department [...]

Temporary H-1B Suspension Announced

March 6th, 2017|

Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to [...]

The March Visa Bulletin Is Now Available

February 14th, 2017|

Visa availability for employment categories for the coming months as set forth in the March Visa Bulletin: Employment First: This [...]

Use the Revised Version of Form I-9

February 6th, 2017|

Beginning Jan. 22, 2017, employers must only use the revised version Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, dated 11/14/2016, to verify [...]

Immigration Documents & Travel

February 3rd, 2017|

Nonimmigrants should carry their original Immigration documents with them at all times.  This includes H-1B and H-4 approval notices, EAD/AP [...]

No Current Plans to Expand Travel Ban Beyond Current Countries

February 2nd, 2017|

In response to rumors of plans to expand the travel ban to other countries, Department of State (DOS) informed the [...]

Homeland Security DHS To Make Exceptions To Trump’s Ban On Refugees & Certain Travelers

January 31st, 2017|

The Department of Homeland Security is planning to make exceptions to President Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees and certain [...]

More Information Regarding the Executive Order (‘Travel Ban’)

January 31st, 2017|

The following link to the CBP website has information regarding the Executive Order (‘travel ban”) signed 1/27/2017. https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states

Travel Ban per 1/27/2017 Executive Order

January 30th, 2017|

The Executive Order applies to all individuals "from" the 7 designated countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. [...]

A Look at the New Executive Order

January 27th, 2017|

Executive Order signed today which includes the following provisions: Refugee Admissions: Suspends the Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days. Reduce [...]

Oppenheim’s Analysis of Current Trends for Various Immigrant Preference Categories

January 22nd, 2017|

Charles ("Charlie") Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, provides his analysis of current [...]

Canadian citizen visitors to the U.S. – Admission issues

January 15th, 2017|

When entering the U.S. by air, the traveler will need to obtain her I-94 record by going to www.cbp.gov/I94.   At [...]

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