Employment-Based Immigration Category

July 2015 Visa Bulletin Is Out

The Department of State released the July 2015 Visa Bulletin.  Our usual commentary to follow but headline is that Philippines EB3 and EB4 is unavailable.  Stay tuned.

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Bill introduced to extend EB5 Pilot Program and Modify/Reform EB5 program

Sen. Grassley and Sen. Leahy co-sponsored a bill to extend, modify and reform the EB5 program.  Senate bill S.1501 was introduced on June 3 2015 and referred to Committee on the same day.  The EB5 pilot program is to sunset on Sept. 30 2015.  The bill will extend the date to Sept. 30, 2020.  The Pilot […]

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Tahmina’s Guest Blog Post on the AILA Leadership Blog

I am so very honored to have been invited to be a Guest Blogger for the AILA Leadership Blog.  Thanks AILA for the honor. Here is a link to the Blog Post: A Failed Hail Mary. Hope you enjoy!

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Navigating Start-Up Visas Worldwide

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Originally posted on Migreat Blog :
Most Start-up visas schemes are quite new. Read below for a quick outline of each country’s offerings and their differences or download Migreat’s #StartupVisa report to get the all of the details. Which is cheapest? Most entrepreneur visa schemes require entrepreneurs to show investments in the range of $40,000 to $100,000. However,…

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USCIS temporarily suspend H1b premium processing to process H4 EADs

USCIS announced last week that it will temporarily suspend premium processing for H1b petitions as they need give additional attention to the processing of H4 employment authorization document.  Below is a copy of the text from USCIS:   copy text from USCIS This is an update to the alert that we issued on Tuesday, May […]

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USCIS released guidance on when to file amended H1bs if employee will change work site.

Yesterday, USCIS issued guidance clarifying when an amended H1b is necessary if your employee moves from one work location to another.  Here is a link.  Copy of the information is posted below for convenience.  USCIS Guidance on When to File an Amended H-1B Petition after the Simeio Solutions Decision On April 9, 2015, USCIS’ Administrative […]

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June 2015 visa bulletin commentary

The June 2015 visa bulletin was released this week. Here is our commentary. For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category advances 31 days to priority date at 1 October 2013, no movement in F2B preference with PD at 15 September 2008; F4 category advanced 28 days to PD at 8 September 2002; EB2 is […]

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In Depth High-Tech Immigration Report in Puget Sound Business Journal

The Puget Business Journal has gone to great efforts to provide in-depth reports and stories on the need for high-skilled immigration reform.  The stories are poignant and provide great insight on why immigration reform is essential for economic growth.  Thank you to the PSBJ and report Emily Parkhurst for caring about issues that are important […]

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USCIS ready to return ‘unlucky in the lottery’ H1b files

Today USCIS made the below announcement.  My guess is that mid-late June is tentative time frame for receiving your H1b petition that didn’t get selected.  I do hope that many of you were lucky this year. But if not, start finding your backup plan until you can file next fiscal year.   USCIS Completes Data […]

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USCIS received 233,000 H1b visa petitions

Today, USCIS announced that they received 233,000 petitions for fiscal year 2016.  The random selection process will begin soon.  See below copy of USCIS notice. If you have filed a petition, we wish you all the best in ‘winning the lottery’!   U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2015 that it […]

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