Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The April 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 February 1, 2018. EB-1 China and India have no movement and remain at February 22, 2017. EB-2 “Members of the Professions

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 to

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

Entering the third month of the 2019 fiscal year, the December visa bulletin continues to reflect minimal movement from the prior month. EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines, and Vietnam advance 3 months to a cut-off date of July 1, 2017. EB-1 China and India also advance 3 months to

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 State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The February 2018 DOS Visa Bulletin “Final Action” chart for employment-based preference cases contains some important updates as we enter the 5th month of FY2018. All qualified EB-1 Priority Workers will remain current. EB-2 “Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability” for All Chargeability areas, Mexico, El Salvador / Guatemala

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

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Updates

DACA: The Trump administration has initiated a phase out of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Initial requests for DACA and associated applications for employment authorization documents (EADs) are no longer being accepted by USCIS. Note: Initial DACA requests filed by September 5, 2017 will continue to be processed by USCIS.

U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Travel Update

CBP has stepped up scrutiny of foreign nationals entering the U.S. on a visa or without a visa under the U.S. Electronic Systems for Travel Authorization (ESTA) program. Travelers should be prepared for more extensive questioning if a CBP inspector decides that they had not been properly and sufficiently vetted prior to travel.

Department of Homeland Security

H-1B Visa & Form I-9 Updates

On April 7, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for the government’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. USCIS also confirmed it had reached the cap under the 20,000 H-1B petitions allocation for U.S. advanced degree holders. The agency has not yet indicated the anticipated timelines of the