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Court grants Preliminary Injunction on Public Charge regulation

Friday, October 11, 2019, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York temporarily enjoined the implementation of USCIS’ Public Charge Regulation. This ruling prevents USCIS from implementing or requiring the use of any new forms that require responses to the information required by the Public Charge regulations. USCIS has not yet […]

By | 2019-10-11T20:34:54+00:00 October 11th, 2019|Categories: AOS, Court Decision|Comments Off on Court grants Preliminary Injunction on Public Charge regulation

USCIS Medical Exams valid for 2 years, beginning 11/01/18

USCIS announced Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, that it is updating its policy manual to extend the validity date of Medical Exams (Form I-693) from one year to two years. This change begins November 1, 2018. It is important to note that medical exams will be valid for a two-year period following the date the civil […]

By | 2018-10-16T14:45:18+00:00 October 16th, 2018|Categories: Administrative Action, AOS|Comments Off on USCIS Medical Exams valid for 2 years, beginning 11/01/18

USCIS Honors “Filing” dates for both EB and FB Petitions in October 2018

USCIS announced Friday, September 14th, 2018, that in October 2018 it will accept employment-based and family-based I-485 adjustment of status applications (Form I-485) from foreign nationals with a priority date that is current for “Filing” under the State Department’s […]

By | 2018-09-16T19:42:16+00:00 September 16th, 2018|Categories: AOS, Permanent Residence|Comments Off on USCIS Honors “Filing” dates for both EB and FB Petitions in October 2018

In-person Interview again required for employment-based applications for permanent residence

Officials announced Friday that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) will begin requiring in-person interviews for all employment-based applicants seeking permanent resident status, or, a green card. This announcement is a continuation of President Trump’s “extreme vetting” initiative, and is to take effect starting October 1, 2017.

In-person interviews are a part of the […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:02+00:00 August 27th, 2017|Categories: AOS, Executive Order, Permanent Residence|Comments Off on In-person Interview again required for employment-based applications for permanent residence

Department of Homeland Security Issues Final Regulations Affecting High-Skilled Immigration 

On November 18, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security issued final regulations that will change a number of provisions relating to high-skilled immigration. The new rules become effective January 17, 2017. The regulations offer several positive improvements, and they also codify many of the policy positions and interpretations that USCIS has developed over the […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:03+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Categories: AOS, H-1B, Immigration Legislation, Immigration Reform|Comments Off on Department of Homeland Security Issues Final Regulations Affecting High-Skilled Immigration 

EB-2 All Countries retrogresses August 1, for applicants for permanent resident status

You may recall a few months back the U.S. Department of State (DOS) started bifurcating the monthly visa bulletin into “filing” and “final action” tables. This was an interesting new development that has caused great confusion since its release.

Earlier this week DOS released the August visa bulletin and, while the “filing” date for EB-2 […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:03+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Categories: AOS, Permanent Residence|Comments Off on EB-2 All Countries retrogresses August 1, for applicants for permanent resident status

DHS Announces Plans to Issue Regulations to Modernize the Employment-Based Green Card Process

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a Regulatory Agenda Notice today in the Federal Register indicating that the agency will soon be issuing a proposed regulation intended to modernize certain aspects of the employment-based green card process. While the Notice provides very little detail, it does state that DHS is intending to propose […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:04+00:00 October 8th, 2015|Categories: Administrative Action, AOS|Comments Off on DHS Announces Plans to Issue Regulations to Modernize the Employment-Based Green Card Process

DOS Revises the October Visa Bulletin rolling back the filing eligibility date for certain countries

In an unexpected development, the Department of State issued a revised bulletin on September 25, 2015.  The new Visa Bulletin changes the filing eligibility dates that were to become effective on October 1, 2015, and many individuals who would have been able to file adjustment of status applications will no longer be able to do […]

By | 2015-09-25T21:36:26+00:00 September 25th, 2015|Categories: AOS|Comments Off on DOS Revises the October Visa Bulletin rolling back the filing eligibility date for certain countries

USCIS Suspends Approval of Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications Until October 1, 2015

USCIS posted an announcement on its website today stating that it has reached the statutory limit for approval of employment-based adjustment of status applications for Fiscal Year 2015.  This means that USCIS will be unable to issue any further approvals of employment-based […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:04+00:00 September 24th, 2015|Categories: AOS|Comments Off on USCIS Suspends Approval of Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications Until October 1, 2015

Revision of Visa Bulletin to Allow Earlier Filing of Adjustment of Status Applications

The State Department today posted the Visa Bulletin for October 2015 in which the State Department has made a significant change to implement one of the initiatives announced as part of President Obama’s executive action to improve the high-skilled immigration process. The change to the Visa Bulletin should shorten the time many people going […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:04+00:00 September 9th, 2015|Categories: Administrative Action, AOS|Comments Off on Revision of Visa Bulletin to Allow Earlier Filing of Adjustment of Status Applications