Employment Authorization Documents for certain Temporary Protected Status Immigrants are Automatically Extended to January 4, 2021

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today extended the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan through Jan. 4, 2021.  The notice automatically extends the validity of Employment Authorization Documents; Forms I-797, Notice of Action; and Forms I-94, Arrival/Departure Record …

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November 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for November 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date has jumped forward to June 1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in China with a cutoff date of February 1, 2017 and those born in India remain with a cutoff date of January 2, 2015.  Other …

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October 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for October 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date has moved forward to October 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in China with a cutoff date of November 1, 2016 and those born in India with a cutoff date of January 2, 2015.  Other categories …

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USCIS Proposes New Electronic Registration Fee for H-1B Cap Subject Visa Petitions

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to pay a $10 fee for each electronic registration they submit to USCIS. Because USCIS must expend resources to implement and maintain the H-1B registration system, and because USCIS operations are funded by fees …

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September 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for September 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date has slid back to October 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in China with a cutoff date of January 1, 2014 and those born in India with no visas available in this category. All other  employment …

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USCIS Announces Major Changes for New EB-5 Immigrant Visa Applicants Set for November 21, 2019

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will publish a final rule on July 24 that makes a number of significant changes to its EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, marking the first significant revision of the program’s regulations since 1993. The final rule will become effective on Nov. 21, 2019. Major changes to EB-5 in the final …

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The Troubling Trend of Long Delays in EB-5 Immigant Investor Application Process

Nearly all immigration applications before the USCIS are experiencing slow processing times.  EB-5 immigrant investor petitions are no different. In fact, since May of this year, the estimated processing time of EB-5  I-526 petitions has spiked to its highest yet: 45.5 months.   Even though thee Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) announced that the backlog of …

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Visa backlog grows in August, causing longer delays for many green card applicants

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for August 2019. Almost all employment based (EB) green card categories are now experiencing backlogs which are expected to continue through September. In October, a new round of immigrant visas become available so the backlogs might become shorter or eliminated at that time.But right now, the …

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Visa Bulletin Trends for Employment Based Green Cards

Each month, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) checks in with Charlies Oppenheim, who is the Department of State (DOS) official responsible for managing the visa bulletin.   Here are AILA DOS Liaison Committee notes of its most recent monthly "check-in" with Charlie. AILA Doc. No. 14071401 | Dated June 21, 2019 General Trends and Observations: …

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