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FY2019 Diversity Lottery Instructions Are Now Available

by Mintz Levin on

The U.S. Department of State has announced that registration for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2019), also known as the Green Card Lottery, will commence at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Tuesday, October...more

USCIS Policy Changes Impacting Green Card Filings

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

USCIS has recently enacted two policy changes in regards to permanent residency applicants applying for Adjustment of Status (AOS). These changes impact applications for Advance Parole Travel Authorization (AP) as well as...more

This Year’s Diversity Visa Lottery Opens Oct. 3—For Possibly the Last Time?

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. State Department recently announced that it will begin accepting applications for this year’s Diversity Immigrant Visa Program—commonly referred to as the diversity visa (DV) lottery system—starting on Tuesday,...more

USCIS to Require Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications as of October 1

by LeClairRyan on

As of October 1, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will mandate an in-person interview for any individual adjusting from an employment-based status to permanent residency (Form I-485 adjustment...more

Registration For This Year's Diversity Lottery Program Starts On October 3, 2017: Here's What To Know

The U.S. State Department administered DV Lottery Program awards immigrant visas (green cards) to individuals hailing from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. This year there are 50,000 DV visas...more

The New Redesigned Permanent Resident Card (“Green Cards”) And Employment Authorization Document

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began issuing redesigned versions of the Permanent Resident Card (aka a “Green Card”) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next...more

2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program Announced

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced the opening of the registration period for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program enables foreign nationals to apply for permanent...more

Immigration Enforcement and Deadlines: A Pause for Disasters

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has put a hold on immigration enforcement operations in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Routine non-criminal immigration enforcement operations will not be conducted at...more

Lawful Permanent Residence: How Not to Lose It

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at ports of entry to the U.S. routinely question returning lawful permanent residents (“green card” holders) about the length of time spent outside the U.S.A. and the nature of...more

Updates on Recent USCIS Changes Impacting US Businesses

by White & Case LLP on

In the last month, USCIS has issued news releases announcing two changes that directly impact US businesses. The first relates to the revisions to Form I-9, which is mandated for employers to use to establish and confirm...more

2019 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens on October 3

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2018 opens Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 3, 2017, and noon on November 7,...more

August 2017: The Top 11 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. August was no...more

The Impact of the DACA Rescission

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration formally announced its intent to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. What follows is a practical guide on the impact of this latest...more

Longstanding U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Policies Reviewed And Reversed By Trump Administration With Substantial...

Two longstanding policies adhered to by U. S. Citizenship Services have been reversed by the Trump administration and the U.S. Department of Justice. On August 28, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...more

The Rescission of DACA – A Quick Overview of How This Impacts Your DACA Employees

USCIS announced on September 5, 2017, that they are phasing in a rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The DACA program began in 2012 and granted temporary status and work permits to the...more

Expansion of Interview Requirement for Green Card Applicants, and Rumors of Change in Travel Authorization for Green Card...

by FordHarrison on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the expansion of mandatory in-person interviewing of applicants for lawful permanent residence. In its public announcement, USCIS notes that this change complies...more

New Hurdles in Access to U.S. Immigration Benefits - UPDATE

by Mintz Levin on

Government Confirms New Guidelines -- Interview Requirement for Those Seeking Permanent Residence - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a Press Release, which confirms the implementation of a new policy...more

USCIS Expands In-Person Interview Requirements for Certain Permanent Residency Applicants

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, effective October 1, 2017, it will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applications that currently do not require...more

Department of Homeland Security Will Require In-Person Interviews at Local USCIS Field Offices for Employment-Based Lawful...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On August 28, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security agency responsible for adjudicating immigration benefits, announced that it will begin expanding the...more

USCIS Denying Pending Advance Parole Applications for Abandonment Due to International Travel

Advance Parole allows an individual to travel internationally during the pendency of an adjustment of status (AOS) application. Those individuals who hold a valid H or L visa also have the option of using that visa to travel...more

USCIS to Require Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment Applicants

by Barley Snyder on

Starting in October, there could be a bureaucratic backlog for businesses with employees carrying temporary work visas looking to make them permanent. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) this week...more

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Expanding Interviews

by Kirton McConkie PC on

On Monday, August 28, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a notice explaining the expansion of in-person interviews for immigration benefit applicants. Below is USCIS’ notice....more

Practice Alert: Trump Creates New Hurdles and Delays for Employment Based Green Card Applicants

by Fisher Phillips on

Beginning on October 1, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start phasing in the requirement for an in-person interview for anyone obtaining employment-based permanent residency. For almost...more

In-Person Interviews Mandated for Employment–Based Green Card Applicants and Others

On August 25, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirmed that, as part of President Trump’s “extreme vetting” directives, potential legal immigrant workers will be required to undergo in-person...more

USCIS to Interview Most "Green Card" Applicants: Expect Delays

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has announced that effective October 1, 2017, applicants for “adjustment of status” (the last step in the “green card” process) based on employment sponsorship and for...more

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