Additional Countries Added to Travel Ban

On January 31, 2020 President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation expanding the Travel Ban enacted in 2018 to include certain foreign nationals of the following six countries: Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. According to the Department of Homeland Security, these additions were based on an assessment from the Department of Homeland Security

February Visa Bulletin and Update from DOS

National Interest Waiver: Not just for Scientists

Immigrant Visa Backlogs and Congress: Can They Fix the Problem?

Not everyone realizes but there are huge backlogs of cases for employment based immigrant visas.  For about 1 year now the EB-1 category (Extra-ordinary Ability, Outstanding Professor and Researchers and Intra-Company Transferees) category has been backlogged about 1 year for most of the world and several years for China and about 4-5 years for India.

January Visa Bulletin – Good Surprises

H-1B Grace Period: What is it?

We have received a good number of questions about the grace period afforded to H-1B visa holders recently, so I thought I would go through the grace period and what it covers.  We discussed this previously in this blog post but this post will clarify and expand on exactly how the grace period works. Who is

Potential EB-2 Backlog starting as early as January 2020

December Visa Bulletin Update

The December Visa Bulletin was released just a couple days ago. The most startling item in the bulletin was a note by Mr. Oppenheim stating that EB-2 and EB-3 may no longer be current come January or February of next year.  This is a major change from previous years, as these categories either remained current,

USCS Raising Fees

November Visa Bulletin and an Update From Charlie Oppenheim