Employment-Based Immigration Category

Legal updates- quick snapshot

Dear Readers, June and July have been busy months of speaking engagements as well as meeting various deadlines mainly H1b RFEs. (You know what I am talking about if you are dealing with them too!). Follow us on Twitter to get real time updates, if you are not already since blogging updates has been a […]

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USCIS complete return of all H1b cap petitions not selected in the lottery

Here is a copy/paste of USCIS’s announcement of returned H1bs.  USCIS announced on July 14, 2015, that it completed processing the return of fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in our computer-generated random selection process.   USCIS previously announced on May 4, 2015, that it completed data entry of all selected […]

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Premium Processing for H1b Resumes

This morning USCIS announced that it will lift the suspension on premium processing filings for all H1bs.  Previous guidance was that the suspension would be until July 27th.  This is great news for many I am sure, including some of our clients. If you are waiting to file for premium processing, you can now file […]

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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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