The December Visa Bulletin: Bad News for India

The Department of State recently released its December Visa Bulletin which updated the priority date listings for immigrant visa categories and also provided some guidance as to future movement of these dates. In addition, Mr. Oppenheim, who is in charge of immigrant visa numbers and the visa bulletin for the Department of State, also met

Updates on Government Shutdown and What it Means

ALERT: What the Possible Government Shutdown would mean for Immigration Services

With the current economic talks stalledand a potential shutdown as early as next week many people want to know what does this mean for immigration services?  For those dealing with USCIS in the US, the answer is easy, nothing.  USCIS is funded through user fees (i.e. the fees they charge for applications, not the general

I want a green card but I am not in the US. Can I get one?

This topic has come up with several of our clients recently, those wanting to hire people not in the US, thosecurrently in the US who needed to leave because of a lost job or because they wanted to take ashort-term job opportunity, and those who were in their own country already and wanted to come

Confidentiality of Documents and USCIS

                We are asked quite frequently by individuals, and especially companies, whether the documents and statements they are giving to USCIS in support of visa applications are “confidential” or can anyone request and receive a copy of such papers.  The answer is complex, and involves the interplay of

E-Verify: Does it work?

E-Verify is the system touted by USCIS to help stop people working who are not in the US in a legal status.  It requires employers to check social security numbers, names, etc. against the social security and USCIS database.   If the databases do not recognize someone, they will send out a flag to the

August 2013 Visa Bulletin Releases – EB2 for India move up to 2008

The Department of State has released the latest visa bulletin for August 2013. In that bulletin there have been several significant movements. First, in terms of family based applications, the F2A category – spouses and children of permanent residents, has come current. Second, the EB-2 for India has moved forward to January 1, 2008. It

July Demand Data for EB2 and EB3 cut-off dates

The Department of State has once again released the demand data used to determine the July cut-off dates for the EB-2 and Eb-3 category. It is important to note that there are additional cases outside of these numbers that have not been counted (those who have already filed an I-485, for instance, are not included.

July Visa Bulletin Released: India 2nd Preference may Progress In the Coming Months

The Department of State recently released the July visa bulletin. While forward movement for the coming month was small or non-existent (1st preference remains current for all countries, 2nd preference is current for all but India (Sept. 1, 2004) and China (August 8, 2008), 3rd preference is at January 1, 2009 for all countries except

Immigration and the Economy: Myths and Facts

Below is a link to an article from the Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Council which goes through many of the myths about Immigration and the economy and explains why they are incorrect. For the most part, immigration actually helps our economy, does not depress wages, and actually stimulates growth of the economy