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Category: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

In Just 5 Days, the H-1B Visa Cap Is Reached

Apr 10, 2018
Published April 10, 2018   For the 6th year in a row, during the first week of the filing season U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) received more than enough...

Premium Processing Suspended for H-1B Cap Filings Starting April 2, 2018

Mar 21, 2018
Published March 21, 2018 On April 2, 2018, the filing season begins for the new batch of H-1B visas that become available for fiscal year 2019 – which starts October...

More DACA Drama

Mar 15, 2018
Published March 15, 2018 The processing of applications for employment authorization documents for hundreds of thousands of young adults under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama...

The Bad Lawyer and the Fake Lawyer

Feb 21, 2018
Published February 21, 2018   In my 25+ years as an immigration lawyer, I have seen many versions of both the bad lawyer and the fake lawyer.    Each is poisonous...

Chicago Based Applicants for Green Cards and Citizenship: DHS/CIS Processing Times

Feb 6, 2018
Published February 6, 2018   Marriage based adjustment of status applicants living in CIS Chicago’s jurisdiction are seeing an approximately 7-8 month wait to be scheduled for an interview.  Applicants...

Our Budget Impasse and Immigration

Jan 23, 2018
Published January 23, 2018   Our country endured a brief government shut down in recent days, and there is a decent chance for a repeat performance in the coming weeks.   ...

The H-1B Visa Rush Is On – Start Preparing Now

Jan 9, 2018
Published January 9, 2018   Starting April 1, 2018, employers and their foreign worker employees will get a chance at one or more of the 85,000 H-1B visas available each...

The Unknown Future of DACA

Jan 1, 2018
Published January 1, 2018   The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals measure implemented by President Obama has come to represent an issue bigger than just the undocumented young adults it...

Update: Green Card Interviews for Marriage Based Applicants, Including for Same Sex Partners

Nov 28, 2017
Published November 28, 2017     A foreign national applying for permanent resident status by way of marriage to a U.S. citizen, continues to enjoy a mostly efficient and streamlined...

Beware Immigrants: Automatic Voter Registration

Nov 15, 2017
Published November 15, 2017   On the topic of well-intended laws and unintended consequences, one of the first things that come to my mind is the law requiring local Department...