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Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 (H.R. 1044 / S. 386)

On September 19, 2019, the U.S. Senate held an unanimous consent vote on S. 386, the Senate version of H.R. 1044, Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019. The Senate bill contained several amendments to the House bill, which includes:

  • A set-aside provision for no fewer than 5,000 visas for shortage occupations, as defined in […]
By | 2019-09-19T19:04:00+00:00 September 19th, 2019|Categories: Immigration Legislation, Immigration Reform, Permanent Residence|Comments Off on Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 (H.R. 1044 / S. 386)

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

AAO precedent decision makes the National Interest Waiver process more accessible for entrepreneurs & self-petitioners

After almost two decades, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) revisited and revised the analytical framework USCIS will now use for determining eligibility for a National Interest Waiver (NIW), which allows certain highly qualified individuals to pursue Legal Permanent Resident status (a “green card”) without the need for employer sponsorship or an approved PERM labor certification […]

By | 2017-01-12T17:16:03+00:00 December 28th, 2016|Categories: I-140, Permanent Residence|Comments Off on AAO precedent decision makes the National Interest Waiver process more accessible for entrepreneurs & self-petitioners

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

USCIS releases “Same or Similar Occupational Classification” Draft Policy Memorandum

USCIS published today a draft policy memorandum to help clarify whether a new job is in the “same or similar occupational classification” for purposes of Section 204(j) Job Portability for permanent residence. Job portability permits a foreign national to change jobs to one that is the “same or similar” when s/he has an approved […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:03+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Categories: Administrative Action, I-140, Permanent Residence|Comments Off on USCIS releases “Same or Similar Occupational Classification” Draft Policy Memorandum