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Getting a Family-Based Green Card

Family immigration laws make it easier for relatives of U.S. citizens to gain permanent residency in America. With sponsorship, they can can apply for permanent residency status or an immigration visa number based on...more

Holiday Planning Should Include H-1B Cap Planning

While it may seem early, the holiday season is a good time for employers to start preparing for the H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2017, which begins October 1, 2016. Demand for the H-1B has steadily increased so that last year,...more

2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Begins Today

On October 1, 2015, the US Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2017), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a...more

Cruel Joke: Department of State Backtracks on New October 2015 Visa Bulletin: Dates for Filing Retrogress for EB-2 India and EB-2...

In a shocking move late Friday afternoon, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin that supersedes the Visa Bulletin originally published on September 9, 2015. The most dramatic changes...more

Visa Bulletin 2.0 and its Implications for Early Filing for Adjustment of Status

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Government pleasantly surprised the immigration world by publishing a new type of monthly Visa Bulletin for October 2015 with USCIS announcement about a new approach to the timing of the ability...more

USCIS Issues New Procedures for Determining Time for Filing Green Card Application

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) promulgated new procedures for determining the visa availability date for individuals waiting to file employment- and family-based applications for...more

Avoiding Immigration Scams

It’s a sad fact, but immigration scams are all too common. People and businesses try to prey on individuals seeking to come to the United States on immigrant or non-immigrant visas, as well as those within the United States...more

Obama’s Visa Modernization Initiative Allows Earlier Filing of Permanent Resident Applications

Implementing part of President Obama's November 2014 executive actions on immigration modernization, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS"), in coordination with the Department of State ("DOS"),...more

Department of State and Department of Homeland Security Announce a Major Change to the Visa Bulletin

On September 9, 2015, the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, acting through United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced that they were significantly revising Visa Bulletin procedures....more

Obama Proposal Would Allow More Illegal Aliens to Stay in US While Seeking Legal Status

A proposal by President Barack Obama would expand the number of illegal aliens who are permitted to remain in the United States while applying for legal status. Federal law currently requires aliens who entered the country...more

Important Changes to the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Bulletin

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced important changes impacting certain individuals in the permanent residence (“green card”) process. This...more

Department of State Releases October 2015 Visa Bulletin

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

New Immigrant Application Filing Dates Announced for October

Some hoped-for change is finally here. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) have coordinated a system to allow “early” filing of the final step in the green card process for...more

U.S. Department of State Unveils New Process For Determining Immigrant Visa Availability

As part of President Obama’s planned executive action on immigration, which was announced on November 20, 2014, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) has unveiled a new process for determining immigrant visa availability. This...more

U.S. Department of State to Alter Visa Bulletin System

In accordance with President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration proposed in November 2014, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) is expected to announce a new system for determining immigrant visa availability,...more

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

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

Obergefell Expands The Number Of Individuals Potentially Eligible To Apply For Immigration Benefits

Obergefell effectively expands the number of individuals who would be eligible to submit immigration applications on behalf of a same-sex spouse because same sex marriage is now legal across the country, rather than in a...more

Immigration Corner: Time to Get Simeio-Compliant, Faster H-1Bs, a Permanent Resident Card Refresher and Increased Security...

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has now published a final policy memorandum designed to bring employers into compliance with the ruling in Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC and to assess whether H-1B...more

USCIS Says Green Cards Without Signatures Are Acceptable I-9 Documentation

USCIS recently announced that permanent resident cards (also known as “green cards”) that say “signature waived”, on the front and back of where a signature would normally be located, are acceptable documents to prove...more

EB-5 Program Reauthorization: Proposed Legislative Reforms

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

Q&A With Kirton McConkie's Jacob Muklewicz

Jacob T. Muklewicz is a Shareholder in Kirton McConkie PC's Salt Lake City office. Muklewicz's practice focuses on business and investor immigration. He helps employers and investors obtain the proper visas for their...more

Immigration Policy by Lottery?

The diversity visa green card lottery has been an important part of U.S. immigration law for the last 20 years. It allows 55,000 foreign nationals to immigrate each year and was implemented to fulfill the worthy goal of...more

Employment Immigration FAQs

Who files an application for a work visa or employment-based green card? In most situations, the employer will file a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seeking a work visa for the...more

How to Sponsor Same-Sex Spouse for Green Card

Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor in June 2013, in which the Court struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same-sex married couples were not allowed to seek a green card on behalf...more

Visa Restrictions on Foreign Entrepreneurs to Ease Under Obama Immigration Directives

President Barack Obama’s immigration directives, announced on November 20, 2014, include a plan to ease visa restrictions, “mak[ing] it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and...more

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