New Executive Order and Possible Furloughs at USCIS

The US President issued a new executive order on Monday evening.  The order did several things.  First, it extended the April 22, 2020 order limiting the ability for those overseas to get immigrant visas.  Second, it expanded that order to include certain non-immigrant visas as well.  Lastly, it required USCIS and DOL to review processes

Premium Processing Resuming

USCIS announced last week that it was resuming premium processing as of June 1, 2020.  However, USCIS stated that it would phase in the ability to file premium processing on cases in order to ensure that the office was not inundated with new premium processing cases before it was fully up and running again.  To

USCIS Update on Office Closures due to Covid-19

USCIS has issued an update regarding office closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  USCIS is preparing to reopen CERTAIN offices starting June 4, 2020.  To see if your local office is opening you can go to this page. As USCIS re-opens they have put out a list of precautions they are taking: Beginning June 4,

HHS expands J-1 Waivers for Clinical Care Physician

The Department of Health and Human Services has a program to grant J-1 2 year home residency waivers for clinical care physicians.  Under this program, the physician must be working in a Federally Qualified Community Health Centers (CHC), as designated by the government.  Because of the current pandemic, however, and the great need for primary care

How does the new Proclamation from the President Affect you?

On April 22, 2020. President Trump issued a proclamation “Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak.” This proclamation is effective at 11:59 pm (ET) on April 23, 2020. The proclamation will expire 60 days from its effective date and may be continued. Per

Update on USCIS, DOS, SEVP and Covid-19

This is just an update on what is and is not happening with USCIS, DOS and SEVP during the Covid-19 pandemic. First, it is important to remember that things are changing so current USCIS policy may change very soon. To keep updated with current policies, you can go to the USCIS homepage at http://www.uscis.gov. USCIS

National Interest Waiver: Not just for Scientists

A big question that many people have, before even asking if they would qualify for a National Interest Waiver application, is can I even file one considering that I am a [fill in the blank with your profession].  You may be surprised that, for the most part, the answer is “Yes, people in that profession

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.

Potential EB-2 Backlog starting as early as January 2020

For those who may have missed this in my last blog post (See here), there is a potential that the EB-2 category, which includes the National Interest Waiver may no longer be current for ANY country come January 2020.  What does this mean? In order to file the I-485 application, there must be an immigrant visa

USCS Raising Fees

USCIS just released a proposed rule that would increase most fees for USCIS benefits, some by quite a bit.  I will go through some of the proposals below. I-485: Adjustment of Status Currently, there is a general fee for the I-485 that covers filing the I-485, and the filing of the I-765 and I-131 applications.

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