UPDATE: Late in the day Tuesday, March 18th, 2020, USCIS announced that it has has suspended all in-person services until at least April 1 to help slow the spread of COVID-19. USCIS confirmed that staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public, which for now, includes services provided at […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]