Category Archives: Immigration Law

The USDOL Tightens Restrictions for H-1B Workers at Third-Party Worksites

Over the past few months, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has tightened restrictions for H-1B workers placed at third-party worksites. These changes are in accordance with the presidential administration’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order. In a policy … Continue reading

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Who Pays the Fees in the Employment-Based Green Card Process?

When considering whether to sponsor a foreign national for a green card, U.S. companies should know who is responsible for paying which portions of the costs associated with the green card. This knowledge is especially vital for companies using green … Continue reading

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The Rise of Administrative Processing at U.S. Consulates in India and China

Since January 2018, our firm has seen a sharp increase in administrative processing for U.S. visa applications at consulates in India and China. This has caused significant delays in visas being approved and has resulted in foreign nationals spending an … Continue reading

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USDOS Announces April Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of April 2018. Category Country of Chargeability Priority Date Comment EB-1 Worldwide Current Unchanged EB-1 China January 1, 2012 Retrogressed 74 months EB-1 India … Continue reading

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The USCIS Drops “Nation of Immigrants” From Mission Statement

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) recently changed its mission statement to remove the section describing the U.S. as “a nation of immigrants.” Before the recent change, the USCIS’s mission statement read: “USCIS secures America’s promise as a … Continue reading

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USDOS Announces March Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of March 2018. Category Country of Chargeability Priority Date Comment EB-1 Worldwide Current Unchanged EB-1 China Current Unchanged EB-1 India Current Unchanged EB-1 Mexico … Continue reading

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Work Permits for H-4 Spouses Face Uncertain Future

Based on current political talks, work permits (“EADs”) for H-4 visa holders may no longer be an option. The current law states that spouses of H-1B visa holders, also known as H-4 visa holders, may not apply for work authorization. … Continue reading

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