Recent Posts in Immigration

  • 22-Jun-2020

    URGENT IMMIGRATION UPDATES

    Trump to Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa (H-1B, L-1, J-1) Entries to U.S. Extend Blockage on Issuance of Greencards In an escalation of the Trump Administration’s efforts to restrict immigration to the United States, an Executive Order ...
  • 22-Jun-2020

    USCIS RESCINDS MEMOS ON EMPLOYER - EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIPS AND ITINERARY OF SERVICES

    Memos Rescinded As Part of Court Settlement As part of a court settlement in the ITServe Alliance case, the USCIS agreed to rescind the two restrictive memos that impacted H-1B petitioners, especially in cases involving Third Party Placements. These ...
  • 12-Jun-2020

    USCIS Recommencing Premium Processing

    The USCIS has announced that it will be resuming premium processing of cases in states starting next week. - Effective on June 1, 2020 USCIS will accept and process I-140 applications in premium processing - Effective June 8th, all H-1B cases (that ...
  • 12-Jun-2020

    DRACONIAN MEASURES AGAINST IMMIGRATION BEING CONTEMPLATED

    Complete Ban on Non-Immigrants and Gutting of the H-1B Visa Program President Donald J. Trump and his administration are considering draconian measures to try and stop most non-immigrants from entering the United States for an initial period of 180 ...
  • 29-May-2020

    IMMIGRATION UPDATES

    USCIS IS REOPENING OFFICES ON JUNE 4th U.S. GOV’T SUPPORTS H-4 EAD PROGRAM IN COURT NEW USCIS ACTION EXPECTED IN 90-DAYS AS A RESULT OF THE ITServe Alliance, Inc. SETTLEMENT BI-PARTISAN BILL INTRODUCED TO RECONFIGURE H-1B AND L-1 VISAS The ...
  • 9-Aug-2018

    USCIS Issues Revised and Final Policy Memorandum Governing the Accrual of Unlawful Presence for F, J, and M Nonimmigrants

    The Policy Memorandum, effective August 9, 2018, Changes the Policy in which F, J, and M Nonimmigrants Accrue Unlawful Presence On August 9, 2018, the USCIS released a new policy memorandum that revises and supersedes their previous May 10, 2018 ...
  • 22-Jan-2018

    Nearly Half of American Innovators Are Immigrants

    Business ownership and innovation are highly prized qualities in American culture. It may be surprising to learn that nearly half of the 2010 Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants, and that more than a third ...
  • 18-Jan-2018

    Government Shutdown

    Impact on Immigration Matters There seems to be an increasing likelihood of a U.S. government shutdown as legislators continue to debate a spending bill to fund the government. If a bill is not passed into law by tomorrow, the government will ...
  • 12-Jan-2018

    Business Leaders Speak Out Against Ending DACA

    As the Trump administration sets its sights on the end of DACA, American business executives are raising their voices in defense of DACA beneficiaries, called Dreamers. More than 400 business leaders have signed their name to a letter to Trump or ...
  • 8-Jan-2018

    Why DACA Is Necessary for American Businesses

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to America as young children. In addition to providing protection from removal, DACA also authorizes beneficiaries to work legally in ...
  • 29-Dec-2017

    We Need Immigrant Workers After Natural Disasters

    In the wake of natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey, we find ourselves faced by a dilemma. There is a considerable amount of cleanup and rebuilding that must occur, but there are not nearly enough workers to take on the job. Historically, ...
  • 23-Jan-2017

    Will Divorce Affect My Immigration Status?

    Are you currently in the United States on a visa that was granted to you based on your spouse’s application or citizenship? If so, your immigration status may be affected in the event that you should ever divorce or separate from your spouse. ...
  • 10-Jan-2017

    Can I Receive a Waiver for Immigration Fraud and Misrepresentation?

    If you are applying for an immigration visa, employment visa, visitor visa, or other type of visa authorizing your travel to the United States, your application may be denied if you are found inadmissible for various reasons. Depending on the ...
  • 7-Nov-2016

    U.S. Immigrant Population Hits Record High

    According to a new survey of the immigrant population in the United States, American immigration has reached an all-time high in recent years, with immigrants comprising 13.3 percent of U.S. residents in 2014. This marks the highest annual percentage ...
  • 15-Sep-2016

    Interesting Immigration Facts You Might Not Know

    No matter your viewpoint, immigration is a hot topic in America, especially in recent years. It is also an ever-present issue all around the world. People in general are concerned with their borders, who is crossing them, and why. But not many people ...
  • 30-Jul-2016

    US Colleges Using Legal Loophole to Help Students Get Visas

    A number of U.S. colleges are using a legal ambiguity to help international entrepreneurs stay in America after graduating by hiring them upon graduation. While most foreign students would be required to compete for one of the United States’ ...
  • 27-Jul-2016

    Despite Rate Hikes, India Receives Majority of H-1B Visas

    Despite a hike in fees, India continues to receive a considerable share of the United States government’s H-1B visas. According to US Ambassador to India Richard Verma, who was present at the recent “The Future is Now: From COP21 to ...
  • 10-Mar-2016

    OPT STEM 24 Month Extension - Effective May 10, 2016

    On March 10, 2016 a final rule was published in the Federal Register which amends the regulations on some F-1 nonimmigrant students’ participation in optional practical training (OPT) who have received degrees in science, technology, ...
  • 7-Mar-2016

    Known Employer Pilot - USCIS Streamlines Certain Petitions

    The Known Employer Pilot On March 3, 2015 a one year Known Employer pilot program was launched in an effort to test a program to streamline certain petitions. The Known Employer pilot includes the participation of nine employers and focuses on ...
  • 12-Jan-2016

    New Fees for H-1B and L-1 Visas Effective 12/18/2015

    USCIS Guidance Clarifies Effective Date The USCIS has just issued guidance that the effective date for the enactment of Public Law 114-113 that imposes new fees for H-1B and L-1 filings will be effective on December 18, 2015. Those cases that have ...
  • 11-Jan-2016

    New Fees for H-1B and L-1 Visas

    As has been widely reported in the media the Omnibus spending bill signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 18, 2015 contained a surprise for some companies who are dependent on high-skilled foreign workers. The new law imposes ...
  • 9-Sep-2015

    New Guidance Should Provide Flexibility on L-1B Adjudications

    The publication of the Final Guidance on L-1B Adjudications Policy Memorandum provides “consolidated and authoritative guidance on the L-1B program” and will serve as guide for adjudication of all L-1B petitions pending or filed with the ...
  • 9-Apr-2015

    USCIS Responds to Concerns Following Release of March 24, 2015 L-1B Adjudications Policy Memorandum

    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) held a Stakeholder Engagement on April 9, 2015 to discuss the L-1B Adjudications Policy Memorandum, which was posted by the USCIS on March 24, 2015. The initial L-1B memorandum will ...
  • 9-Apr-2015

    L-1B Adjudications Policy Memorandum

    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) held a Stakeholder Engagement on April 9, 2015 to discuss the L-1B Adjudications Policy Memorandum, which was posted by the USCIS on March 24, 2015. The initial L-1B memorandum will ...
  • 15-Dec-2014

    THE PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION

    The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions announced last month contained a raft of measures principally aimed towards providing relief for individuals in the United States who are out of status. The Executive Action also ...
  • 15-Dec-2014

    THE PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION

    The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions announced last month contained a raft of measures principally aimed towards providing relief for individuals in the United States who are out of status. The Executive Action also ...
  • 30-Sep-2013

    IMPACT OF U.S. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ON U.S. IMMIGRATION PROCESSING

    There seems to be a general consensus that a government shutdown is very likely as legislators continue to debate a spending bill to fund the government. If the legislature does not pass a bill by 12 midnight, then the government will officially shut ...
  • 30-Sep-2013

    IMPACT OF U.S. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ON U.S. IMMIGRATION PROCESSING

    There seems to be a general consensus that a government shutdown is very likely as legislators continue to debate a spending bill to fund the government. If the legislature does not pass a bill by 12 midnight, then the government will officially shut ...
  • 1-May-2013

    Primer on Immigration Reform

    The United States Congress is moving forward on a once in a generation reorganization of the nation’s Immigration laws. The President has declared this to be a top priority for his new term. The Congress is actively engaged and there is ...
  • 1-May-2013

    Primer on Immigration Reform

    The United States Congress is moving forward on a once in a generation reorganization of the nation’s Immigration laws. The President has declared this to be a top priority for his new term. The Congress is actively engaged and there is ...
  • 1-May-2013

    Primer on Immigration Reform

    The United States Congress is moving forward on a once in a generation reorganization of the nation’s Immigration laws. The President has declared this to be a top priority for his new term. The Congress is actively engaged and there is ...
  • 17-Apr-2013

    Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act

    Millions of immigrants currently residing in the United States illegally may be granted the opportunity to obtain citizenship under a comprehensive Senate proposal that would represent the most audacious overhaul of the nation’s immigration ...