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Update: The Diversity Lottery Will Restart Following Resolution Of Technical Issue

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

We previously reported on the Department of State’s acceptance of applications for the diversity immigrant lottery. Since then, the DOS has announced on the Diversity Lottery website:-...more

U.S. Department Of State Announces Revised Registration Dates For Diversity Lottery Program And Voids All Prior Entries Submitted...

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

On Monday, October 16, the U.S. Department of State announced that due to a technical issue, the diversity lottery (DV-2019) entry period that commenced on October 3 has been closed. The Department of State further advised...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

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

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

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

USCIS Announces Expanded In-Person Interview Requirement

by Foley Hoag LLP on

US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced that beginning October 1, 2017, it will require far more people to appear at its offices for in-person interviews – a change that could potentially impact hundreds...more

Effective May 1 Redesigned Green Cards will be Issued

Earlier this month the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS) announced that redesigned Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document(EAD) will begin being issued on...more

USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

by Cozen O'Connor on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification...more

Legal Alert - IMMIGRATION UPDATE: Executive Order’s Travel Ban Creates Chaos for Foreign Workers and Their Employers

by Snell & Wilmer on

Late on Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order immediately suspending the ability of citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to enter the United Sates for a period of 90...more

Matter of Dhanasar Breathes New Life into NIW Green Card Category

At the end of the 2016 calendar year, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) published a welcome precedent decision, Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016). In this case, the AAO has significantly revised the...more

Matter of Dhanasar: A New Standard for National Interest Waivers in the United States

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On December 27, 2016, the AAO issued a decision that modifies the standards for granting a National Interest Waiver (NIW) in Matter of Dhanasar. This decision will impact thousands of applicants seeking U.S. permanent...more

2018 Green Card Lottery Registration

by Mintz Levin on

On October 1, 2016, the US Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2018), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a...more

China Eases Requirements for Foreigner Permanent Residency Applications

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In February 2016, China’s General Office of the State Council issued its Opinion on Strengthening Management of the Service for Foreigners’ Permanent Residency (“Opinion”), setting out a framework for the development of less...more

Immigration News Flash: 2017 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens October 1, 2015!

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2017 opens Thursday, October 1, 2015. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 1, 2015, and noon on November 3,...more

Department of State Releases October 2015 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

A new category of “filing” cutoff dates has been introduced to allow for earlier filing of adjustment of status applications and immigrant visa applications. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its October 2015...more

Immigrant Fee Payment Process Just Made Easier

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) just made it easier for immigrants to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee online through their electronic immigration system. The USCIS Immigrant Fee is required for individuals...more

The Other EB Visa for Foreign Investors? EB-1(c) Visas as an Alternative to the EB-5 Visa

by Gerald Nowotny on

Overview - I have written a few articles regarding the over-promotion of the EB-5 visa program from the standpoint that frequently the foreign investor’s desire for a Green Card is over-zealous before considering all of...more

EB-5 Program Reauthorization: Proposed Legislative Reforms

by Mintz Levin on

Created by the Immigration Act of 1990, the Immigrant Investor Program, more commonly referred to as the EB-5 program, offers foreign investors an opportunity to secure permanent residency in the United States by making a...more

Overview of U.S. Immigration Law & Procedures for Employers

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In This Presentation: - Government Agencies Involved - Terms & Definitions - U.S. Citizens - Lawful Permanent Residents (Immigrants or “Green Card” Holders) - Paths to Permanent Residency -...more

Business and Employment Based Permanent Residence Information Chart

by Williams Mullen on

This chart provides a guide compiled by Williams Mullen’s Immigration Practice Group to “green cards” in the U.S. Please see full chart below for more information....more

Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling Provides New Immigration Opportunities for Same-Sex Spouses

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

The United States Supreme Court’s June 2013 ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional has created an opportunity for certain foreign nationals in same-sex marriages to petition for...more

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