Updates: Signatures and Credit Card Acceptance at USCIS

USCIS Now Accepting Credit Cards for Most Filings USCIS has issued a new form G-1450 that will allow people to pay for form filing fees via credit card directly with USCIS.  This form is available for all applications filed at lockbox facilities.  It cannot be used for filings at local offices.  You should read all

H1B Recent Trends: The Wage Level 1 Conundrum

In the last year, USCIS has certainly increased its scrutiny on all cases, especially on H-1B cases.One tact that USICS has taken is to insist that, if an employer has used a Level 1 wage, then, without any further review of the position, USCIS can assume that it is an entry level position and is

Want to Make an Infopass Appointment? New Process is Coming Soon.

According to the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association, USCIS is changing the process for making InfoPass Appointments.  According to their press release:     AILA has received reports that as part of a new pilot program, select USCIS field offices are anticipated to roll out a new scheduling process for InfoPass appointments that will eliminate self-scheduling

Check in With Charlie Oppenheim on Immigrant Visa Movement

Charlie Oppenheim has released some more information on how he sees immigrant visa usage heading this year. Overall his  predictions are largely positive, with forward movement predicted in most categories.  However, it should be noted that the new USCIS policy requiring transfer of employment-based I-485s to field offices for interview is expected to increase volatility

February 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

USCIS has released the February 2018 Visa Bulletin. While there is certainly some movement forward, the guidance given by Mr. Oppenheim last month is still in effect and has not changed. Relevant changes are listed below. Employment Based Immigrant Visas: EB-1A: Still current for all Countries EB-2: Current for Worldwide. China is at October 1,

January 2018 Visa Bulletin and Update from Charlie Oppenheim

There have been some movements on the immigrant visa front, and some setbacks.  Below is an update on where things are and where they may be going. Employment Based Immigration Visas: EB-1:  Current across the Board for now, however according to Charlie, India and China may backlog by summer. EB-2:  Current for Wordwide.  China progressed

Interviews for Employment Based I-485’s: What we Know so Far

Beginning on October 2, 2017, USCIS started sending out interview notices for I-140 based adjustment of status applications. As of that date, all I-140 Adjustment of Status applications filed after March 6, 2017 will be subject to interviews. In case you were unaware, March 6, 2017 is the date the President signed Executive Order 13780m

Update from Charlie Oppenheim RE: Visa Bulletin Movement

Charlie Oppenheim recently released a new update on possible movement of various visa categories.  While for the most part there are no surprises, it is good to review what he says on your particular category to ensure you are not surprised in future months.  However, overall, it was a short update this month. EB-1:  All

USCIS Changes Adjudication Standard for I-129 Renewals

November 2017 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State released the November 2017 visa bulletin.  This bulletin includes some modest forward movement in most categories. Family Based Immigrant Visa Numbers USCIS has allowed people to base the filing of the Adjustment of Status applications on the Dates for Filing.  However those dates have not changes since last month.  As most