Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

The start of the New Year has been marked by a few immigration controversies. An important federal court decision of January 9th has resulted in the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) resumption of DACA status renewal and temporary employment authorization application acceptance and processing for the registered DACA individuals. USCIS recommends that applicants

Holiday Travel

Happy Holidays

We are wishing you a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year! A few safety tips for your upcoming holiday travel: Check your passport and visa validity before a trip.  Hint: if you are traveling abroad, make sure that you have proper documentation to enter the country of your destination and return

Immigration Service Reminders

Immigration Service Reminders

Importantly, the new year often brings changes to government procedures that can affect employment practices or employees’ immigration proceedings. With the change in year, the immigration service often changes its immigration filing locations, updates immigration and related forms, and imposes new fees on certain applications. It is important to check with immigration counsel regarding any

Department of State

Department of State (DOS) Update

The December 2017 DOS Visa Bulletin “Final Action” chart for employment-based preference cases contains some important updates as we enter the 3rd month of the government’s fiscal year (FY2018).  All qualified EB-1 Priority Workers will remain current for the third consecutive month.  EB-2 “Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability”

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

The new policy guidelines from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reverse the long standing practice of the agency’s deference to its own prior adjudications (i.e., approvals) of certain immigration proceedings for the purpose of the extension filings review.  The newly adopted guidance instructs adjudicating officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to nonimmigrant visa

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The November 2017 DOS Visa Bulletin “Final Action” chart for employment-based preference cases contains some important updates as we enter the 2nd month of the government’s new fiscal year (FY2018).  All qualified EB-1 Priority Workers immigrant visa eligibility remains current for the second consecutive month.  EB-2 “Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) News

Asplundh Tree Expert Co. Case

Following investigation and resulting charges, Asplundh Tree Expert Co. pled guilty to hiring undocumented immigrants and will pay $95 million in criminal forfeiture and civil penalties, which amounts to the largest fine ever assessed in a single immigration case. The government alleged that the higher level management of the company “remained willfully blind” to the

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently resumed expedited processing (Premium Processing service) for all types of H-1B petition proceedings. H-1B petitions can now be filed under the 15-day Premium Processing adjudication program or a Premium Processing service request can be filed on a pending H-1B petition. Importantly, decision to use Premium Processing program

Hot off the Press

Hot Off The Press!

Due to a technical issue, the Diversity Visa (DV) 2019 entry period that began on October 3, 2017, was closed.  Lottery entries submitted between October 3 and October 10, 2017, are not valid and have been deleted; resubmission of any entries made during that period is necessary and will not count as a duplicate entry.  The

Department of State

Diversity Visa Program & DOS Visa Bulletin

The 2019 Diversity Visa Program registration period will start at noon, EST, on October 3, 2017 and will continue through noon, EST, November 7, 2017. During this registration period, interested applicants should submit entries using the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at dvlottery.state.gov. The annual Diversity Visa Program provides an opportunity for a U.S. Green