The State Department released the April Visa Bulletin today. All of the worldwide categories remain current (no backlogs). The April Visa Bulletin contains some very significant retrogressions and advancements in the employment-based categories. The EB-1 category for persons born in China and India went from being current in March back to January 1, 2012 in […]
H-1B Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Cap Season The congressionally mandated number for H-1B cap cases is 65,000 H-1B regular cap and 20,000 H-1B master’s exemptions. Please note that up to 6,800 visas are set aside from the 65,000 each fiscal year for the H-1B1 program for citizens of Chile and Singapore. When should you […]
Between January 1 and August 31 2017, USCIS issued 85,000 requests for evidence (RFEs) for H1B petitions. This was a 45% increase over the same period in 2016. We are now in H1B cap season and there are some important factors to take note of in preparing H1B petitions: Timing: H1B cap-subject petitions must be […]
The State Department released the March 2018 Visa Bulletin today. As Congress is currently debating immigration policy, this would be a perfect time for Congress to end the outmoded and unfair 7% per-country limitation. Employment-Based Categories The worldwide employment-based categories all remain current. There is considerable movement for persons born in mainland China. The […]
On February 14, people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day, a day filled with love and traditions. Although Sweetheart Candies, red rose bouquets, and valentine cards are common in the United States, other countries celebrate the day of love with their own traditions and customs. Below are three traditional Valentine’s Day customs. See if you […]
On September 5, the Trump Administration announced the end of DACA a program which has shielded 690,000 young people who were brought to the US as children from deportation for the past 5 years. The USCIS will no longer accept new applications for DACA or issue advance parole travel permits. However, for a brief period […]
Although many people see President Trump as the most anti-immigrant President in recent history, to others, he is not anti-immigrant enough. In a memo issued on June 15, 2017, DHS Secretary John Kelley rescinded the Obama Administration’s memorandum expanding the DACA program and creating the DAPA program for certain parents of US citizens. However, the […]
On May 6, President Trump signed a budget bill which will fund the Federal Government through September 30, 2017. The President backed down on his demand that Congress appropriate over a billion dollars as a down payment for his proposed border wall. In fact, Congress refused to spend even a penny for the wall. The […]
The pro-immigration advocacy group led by Michael Bloomberg has launched a new campaign, taking place in all 50 states with pro-reform events and economic reports tailored to each state, with a focus on the economic benefits for an overhaul of the immigration system.
The rising number of unaccompanied minors arriving in the U.S. from Central American nations has exacerbated an already severe backlog in immigration courts. More than half a million cases remain pending, and the resulting delay has real implications for immigrants, asylum-seekers and their families.