New I-485 Supplement J Required for Most Employment-Based​ I-485 Filings

Final Rule Published by USCIS – Clarifies H-1B Cap Exemptions, Grace Periods for Non-Immigrant Visas, Retention of Priority Dates, and More

USCIS has just issued its final rule to  amend and add to its regulations regarding highly skilled worker.  These are the same changes I discussed about 1 year ago when USCIS issued a draft rule on these issues.  They have now been adopted.  Below is a summary of the provisions of this new rule.  Please

H-1B/PERM Update – Who Can Pay Fees?

Timelines for Prevailing Wage Determinations Now More Than 4 Months

The DOL recently reported that Prevailing Wage requests for both H-1B and PERM cases are taking about 5 months to process.  For those planning to file an employer sponsored PERM case, this means really advance planning is needed.  Prior to advertising it is important to have the prevailing wage determination, otherwise you may have to

PERM and Inadvertent Errors

The current labor certification process known as PERM has been around for several years now.  While it was originally touted as being a streamlined, easier way to do the labor certification process that would get rid of backlogs, etc.  it has not turned out that way at all.  Instead, it has become what I would

October 2016 VIsa Bulletin: Forward Movement for All

The Department of State released the visa bulletin for October 2016 recently. Below is a summary of movement and changes. Family Based Immigrant Visa Numbers F1 – Unmarried Sons and Daughters of US Citizens: This category moved forward about 1 week to September 22, 2090 for every country except Mexico (which moved forward 1 week

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Does Hiring an Attorney Increase Your Chances of Success with USCIS?

I have had many potential clients ask me this question, and I wish I could give a simple “yes” or “no” answer. There are two things I can say for sure. First, just the fact that you have an attorney, while it does not make it more likely, in and of itself that the case

USCIS Proposed New Regulations for Skilled Workers

USCIS has just submitted a proposal to amend and add to its regulations regarding highly skilled worker.  Below is a summary of the provisions of this proposed rule. Before discussing the proposed rule, however, let me be clear – this is proposed at this point, so it is not currently law.  The provisions may or

January 2016 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State issued its visa bulletin for January of 2016.  The following are the highlights in terms of movements forward and backwards of priority dates: Family Based: Final Action Dates:  For most of the world (including China and India), the dates moved forward in all categories by about 1 month (except spouses and