USCIS Changes Adjudication Standard for I-129 Renewals

ALERT: Delays at some USCIS local Offices – arrive early

  I reported the other day of the implementation by USCIS of their new identification system for those coming to the local offices for interviews or to receive evidence of their status.  Well, reports are in and, as I had stated, people are experiencing long delays at many USICS local offices.  If you have an

USCIS Implements its new Customer Verification Program – Be prepared

Today USCIS is implementing its new customer verification program at all local offices.  Customers will now submit biometric data, specifically fingerprints and photographs, when appearing at USCIS offices for interviews or to receive evidence of an immigration benefit. In this way, USCIS is looking to combat fraud and improve its systems.  Be prepared for the

Authorized Stay? Illegal Presence? What does it all mean?

Many times an attorney may talk about “period of authorized stay” or “unlawful presence” or even “lawful status”. It is important to understand what all these terms mean and refer as the subtle differences between them can make a very big difference on whether you may have to leave the US or if you are

ALERT: New Telephone Scam displaying false USCIS Information

There is a new telephone scam whereby someone claiming to be a USCIS officer is calling people and getting personal information and credit card/bank account information.  Apparently, they are using a technique so that the called ID shown is USCIS.  Be warned, according to UCSIS if a real USCIS officer were to call you they

USCIS and implementation of the Supreme Court DOMA decision

                                                         USCIS has issued a memo implementing the US Supreme Court’s decision in overturning DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act).  In a statement, SecretaryNapolitano stated: After last week’s

USCIS begins returning H-1B applications not Selected in Lottery

USCIS has begun returning H-1B application for cases that were not lucky enough to be picked for the random audit. If you do not recall, USCIS received more application in the first week of H-1B availability than it had visas for. Therefore, USCIS pooled all applications received during the first 5 business days and conducted

June Visa Bulletin Out

The June Visa Bulletin has been released by the Department of State.  EB-2 numbers for India remain at Sept. 1, 2004.  This is in line with the predictions of the DOS that these numbers would not progress at all for India in the near future.   For China the date is now July 15, 2008.

New I-9 Forms for employers

<a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/7449501/?claim=cu2hrptenhq”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> USCIS has issued a new I-9 form for employers to use when checking that their workers are eligible to work.  The form goes into effect tomorrow, May 7th.   (Here is a link to the form: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=31b3ab0a43b5d010VgnVCM10000048f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=db029c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD).  Most importantly USCIS has made clear that the section 1 of the form,

House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Goodlatte held Press Conference on Immigration Reform

Rep. Goodlatte (R) held a press conference this morning regarding immigration reform efforts underway in the Senate.  While he stated that he welcomed such efforts, he also stated that the House Judiciary committee would be looking at Immigration differently.  The House will be dividing the legislation into separate bills so that Representatives can review and look at each aspect