USCIS and Workload Transfers: What you Need to Know

USCIS frequently is juggling around case types between various service centers to try and assure that all case types are adjudicated as quickly as possible.  Fairly recently they started transferring EB-1A Extraordinary Ability cases to Nebraska from the Texas Service Center.    Even more recent certain H-1Bs were sent from Vermont to California and Nebraska.

Self-Sponsored Green Cards: What are your major findings?

Invariably when working with scientists it becomes apparent that USCIS’s definition of your “most important” work and our client’s definition of their “most important” work are very different.  This leads to issues over what findings should be discussed in the memo and highlighted for the USCIS officer to review.  Scientists, for good reason, feel that

February 2016 Visa Bulletin -Not Much Movement

The Department of State just came out with the Visa Bulletin for February 2016.  Unfortunately there was not much movement on either the family or employment front.  Below we summarize what movement there was. Family Based Immigrant Visas: Final Action Dates:  Most categories moved forward between 1-2 months. Dates For Filing:  Again, they moved 1-2

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

Free Webinar on Self-Sponsored Green Cards!

We will be hosting a free webinar for those interested in self-sponsored green card (Extraordinary Ability and National Interest Waiver applications).  It will be on January 27th, 2016 at 12:00 pm.  If you are interested you can sign up by sending your name and email address to webinar@leavyfrank.com.  Space will be limited.

O and P Visa Delays and Premium Processing

December Visa Bulletin and Update from Mr. Oppenheim

  The Department of State recently released the December 2015 visa bulletin and Mr. Charlie Oppenheim, the person at the Department of State in charge of the Visa Bulletin also recently gave AILA an update on his predictions for future movement of the Bulletin.  I will summarize both of these documents below. Family Based: Final

USCIS Updates its Directions for Use of the New Visa Bulletin Tables

USCIS has updated its directions in terms of when the new “Dates for Filing Visa Applications” chart can be used to determine when you can file your I-485, or if you need to wait for the “Final Action Date” to become current. To refresh people’s memories, the Department of State, starting with the October Visa

I-140 Premium Processing: Update

Just about 1 month ago I wrote a blog post on using premium processing for EB-1 (both Outstanding Researcher and Extraordinary Ability) and EB-2 National Interest Waiver applications.  Well, USCIS just put in place a  new policy that may cause, at least some people, to change their minds and not use this service.  Before discussing

October Visa Bulletin and Check in With the Dept. of State

Because of the new format of the Visa Bulletin, it will be easier for me to break these updates into two sections:  Section 1 will discuss the Final Action Date; and, Section 2 will discuss movements in the Dates for Filing section. Final Action Date Movements: Family Based:  Most categories moved forward somewhere between 1-2