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August 8, 2022

The United States State Department has released the September 2022 Visa Bulletin. Overall, there is little to no movement in Final Action Dates and Date for Filing. However, the Final Action Date for China will advance one month, to December 22, 2015, in the Unreserved EB-5 category.

August 2, 2022

What your employees post on social media can have a positive impact on your brand, or it can expose your company to legal liability. During this live event, we cover some of the most important things that businesses should consider when crafting their social media policy

July 25, 2022

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has further extended its flexibility for delays in responding to certain agency requests through October 23, 2022 for applicants and petitioners who are required to respond to certain:

July 11, 2022

The United States State Department August 2022 Visa Bulletin features limited forward movement for India and China in the EB-2 and EB-3 categories in the Final Action dates chart. The EB-1 visa is current for all countries. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept adjustment of status applications …

August 2022 Visa Bulletin: Most Cutoff Dates Remain Unchanged While EB-3 Moves Forward Slightly for China and India Read More »

July 8, 2022

What your employees post on social media can have a positive impact on your brand, or it can expose your company to legal liability. During this live event, we cover some of the most important things that businesses should consider when crafting their social media policy

July 7, 2022

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has rescinded its adopted decision of the Matter of Z-R-Z-C- case.[1] This change will allow beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to travel with a new TPS travel authorization document, instead of requiring TPS applicants to apply for advance parole.

July 5, 2022

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ombudsman Phyllis Coven released her Annual Report to Congress, revealing that the agency is facing an increasing backlog and delays in processing. USCIS is currently seeking additional funding beyond its fee model.

June 28, 2022

The regular H-1B cap visa lottery allots 65,000 H-1B visas to foreign skilled workers each year, with an additional 20,000 visas available for master’s degree holders. Employees can only receive an H-1B visa if their registration is selected in the lottery.

June 24, 2022

The Biden administration has revealed plans to reform multiple immigration policies. This includes new final rules regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the reversal of many Trump-era immigration policies.

June 24, 2022

Inadmissibility can make it difficult to adjust status to lawful permanent resident in the United States. An exciting new policy interpretation from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) could change how the agency enforces three- and ten-year bars to inadmissibility.

June 23, 2022

The United States Departments of Homeland Security, Labor, and State have released new regulatory agendas for spring 2023. The agendas outline short-term and long-term priorities and timelines for each agency.

June 22, 2022

The Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) has received many case assistance requests for pending employment-based adjustment of status applications. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) cannot provide individual assistance or updates due to the volume of requests.

June 21, 2022

Mengxin “Esther” Cui loves that being an attorney enables her to explore new things every day. Says Esther, “Every day provides a new challenge for me. The diversity of work in corporate law – and the opportunity to make a difference – makes me excited and keeps me satisfied.”

June 17, 2022

It is relatively easier for employers to sponsor foreign national nurses on green cards than it is to sponsor other professionals. This is great news for a profession that is facing a shortage of workers.

June 13, 2022

The United States government will no longer require international air travelers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight to the US. International travelers departing from their point of origin on or after June 12, 2022, at 12:01 AM EDT will no longer have to submit …

US No Longer Requires a Negative COVID-19 Test for International Air Travelers Read More »

June 10, 2022

Employers must maintain Public Access Files (PAFs) for their H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 employees. The regulations for maintaining PAFs can be complicated, and penalties for noncompliance are steep.

June 10, 2022

The United States State Department has released its July 2022 Visa Bulletin, which features little to no movement in final action dates and dates for filing in most categories. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has not yet announced which chart it will use to accept adjustment of status …

July 2022 Visa Bulletin Features Little Movement in Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Cases Read More »

June 6, 2022

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) reissued guidance allowing for distance learning and other actions to combat COVID-19-related public health concerns for the 2022-23 academic year.

June 1, 2022

Recently a temporary final rule added an additional 35,000 H-2B nonimmigrant visas for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2022. Of these, 23,500 visas were set aside for returning workers. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has now received enough applications to fill the supplemental cap for returning …

USCIS Meets Supplemental Cap for Additional Returning Worker H-2B Visas for FY 2022 Read More »

June 1, 2022

In October 2020 the EB-3 visa category for certain Filipino professions became current. This was a welcome change, as the visa category faced numerous backlogs in prior years. As recently as September 2015, the wait for Filipino nurses was over ten years.

May 27, 2022

Estate planning is essential for everyone, no matter how many assets they may have. With careful estate planning, you can ensure that your assets get transferred to the most important people and organizations in your life after you pass away.

May 27, 2022

A lawsuit was filed on May 25, 2022 against United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for unreasonable delays in processing applications for naturalization. The plaintiffs in this case are current US lawful permanent residents who applied for naturalization to become US citizens …

USCIS and NARA Subject to Lawsuit Aiming to End Naturalization Application Delays Read More »

May 27, 2022

As a result of a lawsuit, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) intends to no longer force adjustment of status applicants to leave the United States during their period of inadmissibility. Additionally, USCIS will not reject adjustment of status applications if an applicant was in the United States …

USCIS to Adjust Its Interpretation of Three and 10-Year Bars of Inadmissibility Read More »

May 24, 2022

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is expanding the premium processing program to include certain Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker applicants under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. Currently the expansion only applies to previously filed Form I-140s. USCIS will not accept new Form I-140s with premium processing …

Premium Processing Expanded to include Certain Form I-140 Petitioners Read More »

May 23, 2022

The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is designed for foreign nationals with extraordinary abilities in a variety of fields including sciences, education, and business. Individuals must apply for the correct O-1 visa subcategory based on their qualifications.

May 19, 2022

The Department of Homeland Security has published a Federal Register notice (FRN) for public inspection. The FRN was published on May 19, 2022 and designates Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months.

May 17, 2022

A new temporary final rule (TFR) announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) will make an additional 35,000 H-2B nonagricultural worker visas available for the second half of the current fiscal year.

May 16, 2022

Many children who came to the US legally – often as dependents on their parents’ temporary work visas – risk aging out of the US immigration system when they turn 21.

May 12, 2022

Following a recent court decision, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer require a biometrics fee for asylum-based applicants for employment authorization documents (EADs).

May 11, 2022

Following a recent court decision, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer require a biometrics fee for asylum-based applicants for employment authorization documents (EADs).

May 10, 2022

El Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos (DOS) ha publicado el Boletín de Visas de mayo del 2022. Los solicitantes deben consultar las nuevas tablas de Acción Final y Fechas de Presentación en categorías basadas en peticiones familiares.

May 4, 2022

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new Temporary Final Rule (TFR) on May 3, 2022 to automatically extend certain Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) for a period of up to 540 days.

May 3, 2022

If you are applying for a United States immigrant visa or green card with consular processing, the National Visa Center (NVC) plays an important role in your case. After your immigrant visa petition is approved by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency sends it to the NVC …

National Visa Center Processing and Interview Timelines for Immigrant Visas as of April 25, 2022 Read More »

May 2, 2022

New Illinois law imposes stringent restrictions on employee non-compete and non-solicitation agreements signed after January 1, 2022. It is important to work closely with an attorney to ensure that your contracts comply with the new law.

April 28, 2022

A new class action lawsuit alleges that two American companies, SMART Alabama, LLC and AGWM United, LLC, have used the TN visa to hire professional workers for underpaid, unskilled positions.

April 27, 2022

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a recent United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) final regulation to temporarily increase the automatic extension period of employment authorization and documentation for certain renewal applicants.

April 27, 2022

The EB-5 Regional Center Program has been officially extended through September 30, 2027 by Congress’s EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022. The policy also increases the minimum investment required EB-5 visas, and sets aside part of the annual EB-5 immigrant visa quota for rural areas, high unemployment areas, and …

EB-5 Visa Regional Center Program Extended Through September 2027 Read More »

April 25, 2022

During the COVID-19 pandemic, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) temporarily allowed certain employers to inspect Form I-9 documentation remotely. The remote verification policy was expected to expire on April 30, 2022. However, ICE extended the flexibility through October 31, 2022.

April 22, 2022

Employers won’t want to miss this live conversation with Chugh, LLP Partner and Attorney Gladys Gervacio and host Business Development and Outreach Manager Neha Mahajan as they delve into important Form I-9 topics.

April 22, 2022

President Biden is expected to announce a new streamlined system for Ukrainian citizens fleeing the Russian invasion.

April 21, 2022

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has indefinitely extended its COVID-19 vaccination requirement for non-US travelers entering the country from Canadian and Mexican land and ferry borders. The restriction will remain in effect until DHS announces that it has ended.

April 20, 2022

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently began issuing separate employment authorization documents (EAD) and advanced parole (AP) documents. Previously, the agency issued a combo card with both an EAD and AP.

April 18, 2022

Employers submitted 483,927 registrations for selection in the fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B cap lottery. This is about 57% more than employers filed in the FY 2022 lottery.

April 18, 2022

Join Attorney Swapnali Kelkar and our host Neha Mahajan (Business Development and Outreach Manager) for a conversation on some of your most frequently asked US immigration questions.

April 15, 2022

The United States Department of Homeland Security has redesignated South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), extending TPS for the 18-month period from May 3, 2022 to November 3, 2023.

April 14, 2022

The US Department of State (DOS) has released the May 2022 Visa Bulletin. Applicants should refer to the new Final Action and Dates for Filing charts in employment-based categories. Most employment-based Final Action dates have not changed for May 2022, while EB-2 India advances two months to September 1, 2013.

April 14, 2022

H.R. 7374, or the “Jumpstart our Legal System Act” was introduced in the House by Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19). The bill aims to recapture 400,000 employment- and family-based visas and pave an accelerated path for adjustment of status applicants who are currently residing in the United States.

April 9, 2022

Join our skilled legal professionals for a detailed video overview of corporate compliance.

April 8, 2022

Many companies are looking to build a global mobility strategy as they plan to relocate their headquarters or employees internationally.

April 7, 2022

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will use a risk-based approach to determine when to waive interviews for certain conditional permanent residents (CPRs) that file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.

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