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March 2018 Department of State Visa Bulletin

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:31:41 +0000

The visa bulletin is out at this link: March 2018 Visa Bulletin For the Application Final Action Dates, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is current for all countries except India (December 15, 2008) and China (December 8, 2013); EB-3 is current for all countries except India (January 7, […]



February 2018 Department of State Visa Bulletin

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 19:44:39 +0000

The visa bulletin is out at this link: February 2018 Visa Bulletin For the Application Final Action Dates, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is current for all countries except India (December 08, 2008) and China (October 1, 2013); EB-3 is current for all countries except India (December 1, […]



U.S. Customs and Border Protection Expands I-94 Website

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 02:01:11 +0000

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has expanded the I-94 website to include a feature which allows Visa Waiver Program (VWP) travelers to check the duration of their stay in the United States.  A new “View Compliance” option provides VWP travelers with the number of days remaining until their status expires, or alternatively, how many […]



January 2018 Department of State Visa Bulletin

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 23:11:22 +0000

The visa bulletin is out at this link: January 2018 Visa Bulletin For the Application Final Action Dates, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is current for all countries except India (November 22, 2008) and China (August 8, 2013); EB-3 is current for all countries except India (November 1, […]



Update on Function Manager Adjudications

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:46:44 +0000

US Citizenship and Immigration Services has adopted new policy guidelines for adjudicating Function Manager visa petitions based upon a recent case ruling from the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO). The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides both temporary (L-1A) and permanent (EB-1C) visa categories for multinational executives or managers. The INA recognizes two different types of […]



Bona Fide Job Offer Verification: The I-485 J Supplement

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:46:02 +0000

As of January 2017, USICS requires supplemental information for certain employment-based Form I-485 Application for Adjustment of Status applicants. For this purpose, USCIS introduced a new form, the I-485 Supplement J, Confirmation of Bona Fide Job Offer or Request for Job Portability. Who Has to File the J Supplement? Applicants filing adjustment of status applications […]



December 2017 Department of State Visa Bulletin

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:38:59 +0000

The visa bulletin is out at this link: December 2017 Visa Bulletin For the Application Final Action Dates, employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 is current for all countries except India (November 1, 2008) and China (July 1, 2013); EB-3 is current for all countries except India (October 15, […]



USCIS Rescinds Extension Rule Giving Deference to Prior Nonimmigrant Petitions

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 22:59:05 +0000

On October 23, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new Policy Memorandum, rescinding a former memo from April 23, 2004, which instructed adjudication officers to defer to an original petition’s finding of eligibility when reviewing requests for extension of already approved nonimmigrant status, unless significant material changes in circumstances had arisen since […]



Update on New Interview Requirement for Adjustment of Status Applications

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:50:47 +0000

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they would expand in-person interviews for applicants for adjustment of status to permanent residence for all applications based upon employment and refugee/asylee relative petitions.  In-person interviews have seldom been required for these categories. Under the new policy, all employment-based applications for permanent residence filed after March 6, […]



State Department Updated Regulation on “Misrepresentation”

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 01:15:03 +0000

On September 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of State amended its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), with a new directive regarding “misrepresentation” as it relates to foreign nationals in the U.S. “who conduct themselves in a manner inconsistent with representations they made to consular officers concerning their intentions at the time of visa application or to […]