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Premium Processing Suspension Leaves Money on the Table

Facing difficulty in meeting the 15-day commitment to review Premium Processing requests for I-129 and I-140 petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) halted the service on March 20, 2020. Ironically, since then, processing times for many H and L visa petitions have gone from several months to just a few weeks. Employers welcome the […]

The President’s Covid-19 Immigration Ban

In typical fashion, the White House released this latest Executive Order after business hours last night and made it effective today, April 23, 2020. Let’s first be clear about what’s going on here. This no doubt was engineered by the president’s anti-immigration, xenophobic sycophants who are trying desperately to salvage the waning votes he may […]

The New Public Charge Rule

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new rule in August 2019 to require a review of the financial situation of each person applying for lawful permanent resident status, i.e. a “green card.” After several court challenges, the rule finally went into effect on February 24, 2020. While there likely will be more litigation […]

Coronavirus and Immigration – Some Tips

It has become increasingly difficult to sort through the fog of coronavirus updates. I’d like to offer just a few tips based upon what I’ve seen in my practice. I’ve also included some links to resources that may be of help. Travel to the United States Until at least mid-April, persons who have been in […]

A Baby for Valentine’s Day?

If you’re expecting, the Trump administration says, “not here.” A new regulation directs visa officers at U.S. embassies and consulates abroad to deny visitor visas to women whose sole purpose for traveling to the United States appears to be to give birth. Apparently, the administration believes that “birth tourism” has become the latest national security […]

E Visas for Iranians Ending

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a notice today announcing that it no longer will grant changes or extensions of status to citizens of Iran seeking E-1 Treaty Trader or E-2 Treaty Investor status. In most cases, persons coming to the U.S. to engage in trade with their country of citizenship or to invest […]

H-1B Pre-Registration Lottery to Begin March 1, 2020

In what has become the norm for the Trump administration to release important announcements at the end of the week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent out its latest update last Friday at 5:25 p.m. Eastern. The press release confirmed that USCIS will implement the electronic pre-filing registration system for H-1B employers for the next […]

Poland Joins Visa Waiver Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced this week that it has approved Poland for participation in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) as of November 11, 2019. It joins 38 other countries, which include: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, […]

It’s Green Card Lottery Time Once Again

The annual Diversity Lottery (i.e. green card lottery) opened this week. The registration period is from October 2, 2019 until noon Eastern Standard Time on November 5, 2019. Each year the U.S. State Department runs the program to encourage individuals from countries with historically low numbers of immigrants to the United States to apply for […]

E-Verify Social Security Number Glitch

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services this week announced an “enhancement” to the E-Verify system that employers use to confirm that new employees have authorization to work in the United States. It has created more frustration than anything. The update to the system is to accept only an “Unrestricted Social Security Number” when entering the new […]

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