How do I sponsor an employee for a Green Card, or Lawful Permanent Residence?

The process to sponsor a prospective employee for a green card varies based on which employment-based (EB) preference category they fall under. There are five EB categories for green card sponsorship, which are ranked based on qualifications. This discussion focuses on EB-2 and EB-3 preference categories. Employment-Based Preference Category Who is eligible? EB-1 Those with “extraordinary […]
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PERM Processing Times – Updated 10/31/17

The U.S. Citizen & Immigration Services (USCIS) releases updated PERM processing times once a month, around the 15th. These processing times reflect the previous month. Processing Queue Priority Dates Month Year Analyst Review July 2017 Audit Review March 2017 Reconsideration Requests to the CO October 2017
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Proposed Merit-Based Immigration Reforms

By: Navdeep Meamber The White House has released important information on the proposed merit-based reforms. Some of these reforms include ending of chain based migration, which would impact the family based visa category. Under the proposed reform, the family-based green cards would be limited to the spouses and the minor children of U.S. citizens and […]
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Will USCIS Interview Me? In-Person Interviews Expected for Employment-Based Green Card Applicants

By: Elizabeth Goings After October 1, 2017, USCIS will begin to phase-in interviews for employees with a pending I-485 application based on employment.  Foreign national employees working in the United States will most likely be required to schedule an in-person interview as part of their application and prior to green card approval. This move is […]
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Employment-Based Immigration: First Preference (EB-1)

There are five total preference categories for employment-based permanent residence, ranked based on the foreign national’s qualifications. First Preference (EB-1) is generally processed the fastest of the five categories. However, there may be delays due to country of origin, and US government backlogs. First Preference (EB-1) has an annual cap of 40,000, or 28.6% of the total […]
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