EB-1A: How Publications Can Show you Have Extraordinary Ability

In the EB-1A Extraordinary Ability green card regulations, one of the 10 enumerated types of evidence is “Evidence of the alien’s authorship of scholarly articles in the field, in professional or major trade publications or other major media” (See 8 CFR 204.5(H)(3)(vi)).  Many of our clients have seen this, read about it online, and feel that

I am about to file my I-140, should I file the I-485 concurrently with it or wait to file the I-485 until the I-140 is approved?

Many, many clients have asked us this question, and it is not an easy question to answer. Most importantly, the answer may be different depending on each persons exact situation. First, to explain a little bit, this question is looking at the fact that, under current USCIS rules, you can file the I-485 at the

Delay in having your EAD issued? You are not the only one.

USCIS, under it guidelines, is suppose to adjudicate an EAD application for an adjustment applicant within 90 days of filing.  If they are unable to do so, the regulations clearly state that an interim EAD is suppose to be made available to the applicant.  However, realistically, USCIS has not had a process in place to

January 2015 Visa Bulletin Released – Worldwide EB-3 Movement

The January 2015 Visa Bulletin was released by the Department of State today.  While family based cases moved forward about 1-2 months in each category, the major movement forward was for employment based category 3 (EB-3) – those sponsored by employers for Professional or skilled jobs.  In this category, the priority date moved forward from

Changes to NVC Processing Procedures

The NVC just announced that, as of the 12th of November, they are no longer requiring that original documents (except the affidavit of support documentation) be submitted to their office with Immigrant Visa applications.  Instead, applicants need only submit copies of documents, and, once the NVC reviews the documents and ensures that all copies are present,

December 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

The December 2014 visa bulletin was released just recently.  There were no major surprises, but some movement forward almost across the board. In Family Cases: Unmarried sons and daughters of US Citizens:  Moved forward about 2 weeks for most of the world to June 22, 2007.  Mexico jumped about 1.5 months to August 15 ,1994

Department of State has Changed its fees

    The Department of State (DOS) has revised certain nonimmigrant and immigrant visa fees. The following categories have new fees: E visas – treaty/trader and Australian specialty occupation visas decreased to $205 (from $270). K visas – Fiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. citizen category visa increased to $265. Immigrant visa application processing fee based on an approved I-130

Scam Alert!

    Callers, posing as officers of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have been calling unsuspecting persons.  They then claim that USCIS has found problems or discrepancies in the person’s immigration files and ask for personal information.  Do not share any personal or petition data with anyone, as it can be used to get more

EB-2 for India may Retrogress as Early as November

According to Charles Oppenheim, the Chief of the visa Control and Reporting Division, US Department of State, the usage patterns for India, the number of visas used, etc. mean that there will definately be retrogression, and it may happen as soon as November. India has seen rapid forward movement of its priority date for the

September Visa Bulletin – A little Movement

The September Visa Bulletin was released by the Department of State and does show a little movement forward in certain categories.  First we will look at the family based immigrant visas.  In this area, there was not much movement forward, but a few notable movements are: Unmarried sons and daughters of US Citizens:  Moved forward

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