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USCIS will require COVID-19 vaccine series for green card medical exams starting October 1, 2021

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) announced August 19, 2021 that applicants for adjustment of status to permanent residence in the U.S. must obtain the COVID-19 vaccine series starting October 1, 2021. The CDC is providing waivers for individuals who are too young to receive the vaccine (currently, children under the age […]

By | 2021-08-25T13:31:14+00:00 August 24th, 2021|Categories: AOS, Permanent Residence|Comments Off on USCIS will require COVID-19 vaccine series for green card medical exams starting October 1, 2021

October 2020 Visa Bulletin Advances significantly

On Thursday, September 24th, 2020, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) released the October Visa Bulletin. The Filing Chart for Employment-Based Cases show dramatic jumps forward, especially for Indian nationals in the EB-3 category. Later in the day, USCIS announced that it will honor the filing chart as follows:

By | 2020-09-25T20:30:14+00:00 September 24th, 2020|Categories: AOS, I-140|Comments Off on October 2020 Visa Bulletin Advances significantly

USCIS and Consulates suspend services due to COVID-19

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 […]

By | 2020-03-18T10:30:17+00:00 March 17th, 2020|Categories: AOS, Travel, Visa|Comments Off on USCIS and Consulates suspend services due to COVID-19

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