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Category: Employment-Based Immigration Law

Premium Processing Continues for More Categories of H-1B Filings; The Green Card Lottery (DV-2019)

Sep 20, 2017
Published September 20, 2017     Premium Processing Continues for More Categories of H-1B Filings In an abrupt about face earlier in the year, U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and...

Who Are The Top Users of H-1B Visas?

Aug 8, 2017
Published August 8, 2017   The H-1B visa is among the most popular avenues through which U.S. companies employ foreign nationals.  H-1B visa issuance depends primarily on two factors:  1)...

Certain EAD Holders with Pending Extension Requests Can Continue to Work

Jul 9, 2017
Published July 9, 2017   Foreign nationals in the U.S. can qualify to obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) under a variety of circumstances.   There are more than a couple...

DHS Confirms DACA Still In Effect; Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions May Soon Return

Jun 20, 2017
Published June 20, 2017   Department of Homeland Security Confirms DACA Still in Effect In a recent memorandum to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sub-agency heads, DHS Secretary, John...

When Will CIS Expedite Processing of your Petition or Application? AND New Vetting Procedures in Place for Visa Applicants

Jun 6, 2017
Published June 6, 2017   These days, with processing times for various petitions and applications getting longer, it is important to be aware that U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and...

More Than Enough H-1B Petitions Received, But Overall Filings Decline

Apr 21, 2017
Published April 21, 2017   Within the first week of availability, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services received more than enough petitions to exhaust the entirety of the coming fiscal year’s...

H-1B Cap Quickly Reached Yet Again; Outsourcing Firms and Computer Programmers Going Out of Style

Apr 10, 2017
Published April 10, 2017   Like in years past, the annual supply of 85,000 H-1B professional work visas for the coming fiscal year was exhausted within the first week employers...

Yes, Now Is the Time to Get H-1B Work Visa Petitions Ready for Filing

Jan 4, 2017
Published January 4, 2017   As the new year begins, so does the rush for U.S. employers and prospective foreign workers to compete for a chance at one or more...

After Much Confusion, CIS Will Accept Older Versions of Certain Forms Until February 21, 2017

Jan 2, 2017
Published January 2, 2017   Two weeks ago, and without any prior notice, U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) abruptly announced that as of December 23, 2016...

Naturalization Without the English and/or Civics/History Requirement

Dec 14, 2016
Published December 14, 2016   With few exceptions, eligibility for U.S. naturalization depends on an applicant:  1)  having accumulated a minimum number of years of lawful permanent residence, 2) demonstrating good...
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