Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

Entering the second month of the 2019 fiscal year, the November 2018 Visa Bulletin reflects minimal movement from the prior month. EB-2 “Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability” for China advances six weeks to May 15, 2015. EB-3 “Professionals/Skilled Workers” for the Philippines moves forward only seven days to

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has started implementing their policy memorandum pertaining to the broader use of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in immigration court. USCIS may now issue NTAs to applicants who receive a denial on a petition that affects their U.S. immigration status. USCIS will send denial letters and provide details on how

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

Entering the first month of the 2019 fiscal year, an influx of immigrant visa numbers has led to significantly more favorable priority dates for nearly all of the preference categories. EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines, and Vietnam advances 10 months to April 1, 2017. EB-1 China and India jumps

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy memorandum concerning accrual of unlawful presence for foreign students and exchange visitors (F, M, and J nonimmigrants) recently became effective. While, previously, most foreign students only started accruing unlawful presence on the day after USCIS formally found a nonimmigrant status violation while adjudicating a request for another

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

Starting September 11, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be expanding the temporary suspension of premium processing (currently only applicable to cap-subject H-1B petitions) to include certain additional H-1B petitions. The premium processing suspension for the affected H-1B petitions is expected to last until February 19, 2019. The only H-1B petitions for which

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The September 2018 DOS Visa Bulletin “Final Action” chart contains important updates. The September Visa Bulletin for employment-based cases became effective August 9, 2018, due to high demand of immigrant visa numbers in the EB-2/EB-3 Worldwide, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Philippines preference categories. The DOS states that the increased demand for immigrant visa

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

The later part of July brought two major immigration developments that affect U.S. businesses and foreign nationals. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has recently issued a memorandum pertaining to the government’s policy on the Requests for Evidence (RFEs) issuance for petitions and applications for various immigration benefits. While the practice of the

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The August 2018 DOS Visa Bulletin “Final Action” chart for employment-based preference cases reflects significant movement for All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines, Vietnam, and China. EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines, and Vietnam will now have a cut-off date of May 1, 2016. EB-2 “Members of the Professions

U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Irina Plumlee Discusses Impact of Travel Ban on U.S. Business with Law360

Law360 included comments from Shareholder Irina Plumlee in an article discussing the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to Trump v. Hawaii on U.S. business. Plumlee told the publication that advising against travel, even in the case of green card holders, “isn’t going too far at all.” She also noted that foreign nationals often

Immigration Enforcement News

Immigration Enforcement News

The government’s immigration enforcement efforts remain on the rise. The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) has recently reached a settlement with a North Carolina landscaping company. DOJ’s investigation found that Triple H Services LLC (“Triple H”) engaged in discrimination against U.S. workers qualified, available, and willing to accept positions with the