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USCIS Can Now Deny Applications without an RFE or NOID

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has taken another step in making it more difficult for employers to hire and retain foreign national employees. On July 13, 2018, USCIS issued a policy memorandum giving immigration officers significantly more discretion to...

More People Can File Their Green Card Applications in October 2018: USCIS to Accept I-485 Applications for Employment-Based and Family-Based Categories Based on the Dates for Filing Charts

In October 2018, more individuals will be eligible to file their green card applications than before. The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that for the month of October 2018, it will accept I-485 adjustment of status (i.e....

September 29, 2017
Tahreem Kalam

What to Expect at your Employment Based Green Card Interview with USCIS

On August 28, 2017, the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) announced a new policy requiring all employment based green card applicants to appear for an in-person interview with a USCIS officer before their green card can be approved. ...

September 18, 2017
Tahreem Kalam

Cross-Chargeability: A Powerful Benefit in Avoiding the Green Card Backlog

One of the main factors in determining a foreign national’s eligibility to apply for an immigrant visa is based on the foreign national’s place of birth. The Immigration and Nationality Act specifies a per-country limit of no more than 7%...

September 13, 2017
Stephen Tarnoff

USCIS Announces Mandatory Interviews for Employment-Based Green Card Applicants

Beginning October 1, employment-based green card applicants will have to undergo in-person interviews with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before their green cards can be approved, according to a recent executive order signed by President Trump. The order...

Two steps forward, one step back: more changes to the State Department’s October Visa Bulletin; Updates on the November and December Visa Bulletins

It was a heart-wrenching wait for October and the State Department’s October Visa Bulletin.  First, on September 9, 2015, the State Department announced significant and exciting changes to the Visa Bulletin.  But then, on September 25, 2015, the State Department...

June 19, 2015
Tahreem Kalam

Prevailing Wages for the PERM-based Green Card Process

When an employer in the United States seeks to employ a foreign worker on a permanent basis through the PERM labor certification process, federal law requires that the offered wage not be used to undercut US workers. In this context,...

Advancements for EB-2 India and China in State Department Visa Bulletin

There is good news ahead for foreign nationals waiting to file their employment-based green card applications under the EB-2 category. The March 2015 Department of State Visa Bulletin has advanced the EB-2 India cut-off date from September 1, 2005 to...

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