Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The August visa bulletin reflects important movement in several preference classifications. EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines and Vietnam retrogresses almost two years to July 1, 2016. EB-1 China also retrogresses nearly a year to July 1, 2016, while EB-1 India has no movement and holds at January 1, 2015.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) News

Immigration Enforcement News

With the ongoing debates regarding the border wall construction and mass deportations of illegal aliens, many have forgotten of the infamous ‘silent raids’ which have not slowed down with the current administration in Washington. These raids do not involve immigration agents’ search of company facilities and arrests ‘on the spot.’ Rather, businesses are served Notices

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The July visa bulletin reflects important movement in several preference classifications. EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines and Vietnam remains at April 22, 2018. EB-1 China advances 2 weeks to May 8, 2017, while EB-1 India has no progress and holds at January 1, 2015. DOS expects EB-1 India to

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the launch of a new program called eProcessing as part of USCIS’s effort to transition to a digital business model. eProcessing allows applicants to apply for a benefit, communicate with USCIS, and receive a decision on a case. The new technology connects previously separate technology systems within the

Immigration Enforcement News

Immigration Enforcement News

An investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has resulted in a federal grand jury indictment charging 96 people for their alleged roles in a large-scale marriage fraud scheme to illegally obtain admission and immigrant status in the U.S. According to the criminal charges, each beneficiary spouse entered into an agreement

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the launch of a new program called eProcessing as part of USCIS’s effort to transition to a digital business model. eProcessing allows applicants to apply for a benefit, communicate with USCIS, and receive a decision on a case. The new technology connects previously separate technology systems within the

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The June visa bulletin reflects minimal movement from the prior month in several preference classifications and a significant retrogression for EB-1 India. EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability Areas: El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines and Vietnam advance 7 weeks to a cut-off date of April 22, 2018. EB-1 China has no movement and remains at February

Immigration Enforcement News

Immigration Enforcement News

The Social Security Administration (SSA) began sending no-match letters to companies who have at least one W-2 employee whose social security number does not match the SSA’s records. Since March 2019, the SSA has issued nearly 600,000 such letters. Receiving a no-match does not necessarily mean that an affected employee is not work authorized; therefore,

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

USCIS has completed its computer-generated H-1B petitions selection process under the lottery for fiscal year (FY) 2020.  The government reported receipt of 201,011 H-B petitions during the brief filing period in early April 2019. USCIS had started the lottery process with the selection of the H-1B petitions submitted on behalf of all beneficiaries and followed

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The May visa bulletin continues to reflect very minimal movement from the prior month.  EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines, and Vietnam advance just 1 month to a cut-off date of March 1, 2018.  EB-1 China and India have no movement and remain at February 22, 2017.  EB-2 “Members of