August Visa Bulletin: EB-1 backlogs for India and China, EB-2 Backlogged for Everyone

The August 2016 visa bulletin was released by the Department of State yesterday.   It features backlogs for ALL countries in the EB-2 category and other changed.  However, readers should understand, that while certain countries (India and China) have regular backlogs in the EB-2 category, those for other countries in the EB-2 category and those

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.

July 2016 Visa Bulletin and Check-In with DOS

The Department of State (DOS) released the July visa bulletin recently and Charlie Oppenheim, the person at the DOS who is in charge of the visa bulletin also updated the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association on what further movement or backlogs can be expected in the near future. For family based cases, there was not much

June 2016 Visa Bulletin is Out

In the last week, the Department of State released the June, 2016 visa bulletin,  USCIS has announced which tables they will utilize for this month and Charlie Oppenheim, the Department of State employee in charge of immigrant visa numbers, issued guidance for the coming months.   Below is a summary of the relevant points for all

National Interest Waiver: You May Be Surprised

Does the National Interest Waiver (a self-sponsored green card application) require that you be working for or funded by the US Government?  The short answer is no, it most certainly does not.  Is it as hard as the Extraordinary Ability application?  Again, the short answer is no, definitely not.  The National Interest Waiver is actually

Legislative Update: Restrictive H-1B Bill Introduced

Update from DOS on Visa Availability

REMINDER: Webinar January 27th at 12:00 pm

WHEN:   January 27, 2015, 12:00 pm WHAT:  A fee seminar detailing the self-sponsored green card application requirements for the National Interest Waiver (EB-2) application and the Extraordinary Ability (EB-1) application.  We will also touch on the various types of evidence that can be submitted to meet the regulations and statutory standards used by USCIS in adjudicating

UPDATE: February 2016 Visa Bulletin

As we previously reported, the Department of State released the February 2016 visa bulletin several days ago.  Today, USCIS finally determined which dates (the “final action date” or the “dates for filing” can be used.  Their decision is: Family Based Cases You may use the “dates for filing” table to determine if you can file

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