J-1 hosts should review their policies and procedures in anticipation of unannounced site visits.
The U.S. Department of State, Office of Private Sector Exchange, will begin conducting random J-1 host site visits...more
Bulletin shows minor to moderate advancement of cutoff dates in all EB-2 and EB-3 categories, with the exception of EB-2 India, which will remain unchanged.
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its March...more
Employers of L-1 transferees should now set up processes to deal with such visits.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced its intention to begin conducting worksite inspection visits to...more
Bulletin shows no movement of cutoff dates in the EB-2 and EB-3 India categories; the cutoff dates in the EB-2 and EB-3 China categories show minor forward movement with EB-3 China continuing to move ahead of EB-2 China.
Bulletin shows no movement of cutoff dates for individuals born in India in the EB-2 and EB-3 preference categories; the cutoff date for individuals born in China in the EB-3 category continues to move ahead of the EB-2...more
Department of State’s Visa Office comments on demand in the employment-based immigrant visa categories, indicating an early retrogression of the cutoff date for EB-2 India.
Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control...more
Bulletin shows severe retrogression of the cutoff date for individuals born in India in the employment-based second preference category and continued advancement of the cutoff date for individuals born in China in the...more
Bulletin shows no significant movement in cutoff dates in the employment-based second preference category and moderate forward movement in cutoff dates in the employment-based third preference category for individuals...more
Programs at the Departments of State and Labor are likely to be affected more than others if partial government shutdown occurs on October 1.
The potential U.S. government shutdown on October 1 could have...more
There is no significant movement in cutoff dates in the employment-based categories; spouses and children of permanent resident family-based sponsors no longer remain current.
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has...more
EB-3 category for individuals from most countries advances significantly, and EB-2 category for individuals from India advances by five-and-a-half months.
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its September...more
USCIS issues expanded and revised FAQ in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision overturning DOMA.
EB-2 category for individuals chargeable to India advances by more than three years.
Court's holding that section 3 of the act is unconstitutional will allow U.S. nationals to sponsor same-sex spouses for immigration benefits.
On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that section 3 of the Defense of...more
Identical requests on Adjustment of Status applications have been issued specifically to EB-2 applicants chargeable to India.
On June 13, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) began issuing a substantial...more
Individuals in the United States applying for visas to India should expect processing delays in the coming weeks and months as India transitions to a new visa services vendor....more
EB-2 category for all chargeable areas other than China and India remains current, with considerable forward movement in the EB-3 category for the third month in a row....more
Employers and third-party vendors should identify needs and explore alternatives.
On May 30, the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) issued a...more
All airports and seaports have implemented the new system as of May 21, 2013.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has completed the process of automating Form I-94, the document issued to foreign nationals upon...more
EB-2 category for all chargeable areas other than China and India remains current, with considerable forward movement—but continued backlog—in the EB-3 category for a second month in a row....more
Use of the new form is mandatory starting May 7, 2013.
As we reported earlier, on March 8, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a newly revised Employment Eligibility Verification form, Form...more
The first major immigration proposal in several years contains sweeping changes, with the president potentially signing a version by mid-June....more
EB-2 category for all chargeable areas other than China and India remains current, with some considerable forward movement but continued backlog in the EB-3 category....more
Automation will occur over a four-week period across U.S. ports of entry.
On March 21, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced a rule to implement a paperless Form I-94. On April 2, the CBP announced that...more
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has stopped accepting H-1B petitions subject to the 2014 fiscal year H-1B cap or the advanced degree exemption....more