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Final EB Job Flexibility Rule Published but doesn’t go Far Enough

On November 17, 2016  USCIS issued a long-awaited final rule to make the waiting periods for employment-based green cards easier to bear for highly-skilled immigrants and their families.  While the law does provide some relief and certainty for employers and employees … Continue reading

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Unofficial Predictions from the Visa Office

This information is courtesy of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. (AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12012349 (posted Nov. 27, 2013) During a recent conversation with Roberta Freedman, AILA Students & Scholars Committee member, Charlie Oppenheim of the Department of State’s Visa … Continue reading

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December Visa Bulletin Update, EB-2 for India Retrogresses

The employment-based second preference category is current for all countries of chargeability, except India and China. December will have a retrogression of India EB-2 applicants to a cutoff date of November 15, 2004, in large part due to the rapid … Continue reading

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SHUTDOWN Impact: USCIS, DOL, E-Verify, Consulates & More

Applications and Interviews: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Is Not Affected USCIS operations are fully funded by application fees paid when applications are filed, so the agency is not affected by federal budget negotiations. As a result, all USCIS … Continue reading

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May Visa Bulletin: Strong EB-3 Advancement for All Areas except India

The May Visa Bulletin has been released by the Department of State and things are looking up for those in the EB-3 category with large advancements for Chinese, Mexican, and all other chargeability area nationals. With regard to the EB-2 … Continue reading

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March Visa Bulletin shows Modest Movement in EB-3

The March Visa Bulletin has been released by the Department of State. Chinese nationals in the EB-2 category will experience a one month advancement from January 15, 2008 to February 15, 2008; while Indian nationals remain at September 1, 2004, … Continue reading

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The Immigration Innovation Act: Beneficial Changes for EB Immigrants

On January 29, 2013, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced Senate Bill 169, The Immigration Innovation Act of 2012 (“I-Squared Act”). The I-Squared Act includes a number of proposals that if enacted will benefit U.S. businesses and highly-educated and skilled foreign … Continue reading

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