Category Archives: Immigration Law

USDOS Announces December Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of December 2017. Category Country of Chargeability Priority Date Comment EB-1 Worldwide Current Unchanged EB-1 China           Current Unchanged EB-1 India           Current Unchanged … Continue reading

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USCIS Increases Scrutiny for Nonimmigrant Extension Petitions

In a policy memorandum dated October 23, 2017, the USCIS announced that it has instructed its adjudicating officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension petitions for H-1B, L-1, TN, and other nonimmigrant categories. … Continue reading

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USDOS Announces November Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of November 2017. Category Country of Chargeability Priority Date Comment EB-1 Worldwide Current Unchanged EB-1 China           Current Unchanged EB-1 India           Current Unchanged … Continue reading

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Spouses of Employment-Based Visa Holders May Now Apply for Work Authorization and Social Security Number via Form I-765

Spouses of employment-based visa holders who hold H-4, L-2 or E status may now apply for work authorization and a Social Security Number via Form I-765, instead of appearing at a local Social Security Administration office. In order to pursue … Continue reading

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Premium Processing Resumed For All H-1B Petitions

The USCIS has resumed premium processing service (“PPS”) today for all H-1B visa petitions. PPS guarantees a 15-calendar day processing time. If the guaranteed time frame is not met, the $1,225 government filing fee is refunded by the USCIS, which … Continue reading

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Premium Processing Resumes for 2018 H-1B Cap Cases

The USCIS has announced that it will accept premium processing requests for all H-1B Cap petitions submitted during the 2018 Fiscal Year Cap. This change applies to petitions that were filed in the H-1B Lottery in April 2017. This information … Continue reading

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USDOS Announces October Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of October 2017. Category Country of Chargeability Priority Date Comment EB-1 Worldwide Current Unchanged EB-1 China Current Advanced 68.5 months EB-1 India Current Advanced … Continue reading

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