Immigration Briefs

USCIS Closes all Field Offices to the Public until atleast April 1, 2020

USCIS has closed all its field offices to the public until at least April 1, 2020 as of today.  Any appointments or biometrics scheduled today through April 1, 2020 are canceled and will be rescheduled once USCIS starts interviews and biometrics again. Please call us or email us if you have any questions!  Our office

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March Visa Bulletin Update – EB2 Remains current but EB3 Backlogged

This past month’s Visa Bulletin had some bright spots and not so bright spots.  The biggest news is that the EB-2 category remained current and most likely will remain current next month as well.  Additionally, the EB-3 category was backlogged worldwide – and will most likely remain that way for the rest of the fiscal

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Additional Countries Added to Travel Ban

On January 31, 2020 President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation expanding the Travel Ban enacted in 2018 to include certain foreign nationals of the following six countries: Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. According to the Department of Homeland Security, these additions were based on an assessment from the Department of Homeland Security

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February Visa Bulletin and Update from DOS

Once again the EB-2 category has remained current despite the projections that there could be a backlog (although, as you will see below, we are not yet out of the woods on the EB-2 retrogression as of yet).  Below are the movements in most Family and Employment categories as well as an update from Charlie

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National Interest Waiver: Not just for Scientists

A big question that many people have, before even asking if they would qualify for a National Interest Waiver application, is can I even file one considering that I am a [fill in the blank with your profession].  You may be surprised that, for the most part, the answer is “Yes, people in that profession

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Immigrant Visa Backlogs and Congress: Can They Fix the Problem?

Not everyone realizes but there are huge backlogs of cases for employment based immigrant visas.  For about 1 year now the EB-1 category (Extra-ordinary Ability, Outstanding Professor and Researchers and Intra-Company Transferees) category has been backlogged about 1 year for most of the world and several years for China and about 4-5 years for India.

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January Visa Bulletin – Good Surprises

The Department of State released the January Bulletin as well as an update from Charlie Oppenheim as to usage patterns and what to expect in the future.  The biggest surprise was that there was NO backlog for the EB-2 or EB-3 category as predicted.  In fact, usage patterns slowed so much that Mr. Oppenheim now

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H-1B Grace Period: What is it?

We have received a good number of questions about the grace period afforded to H-1B visa holders recently, so I thought I would go through the grace period and what it covers.  We discussed this previously in this blog post but this post will clarify and expand on exactly how the grace period works. Who is

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Potential EB-2 Backlog starting as early as January 2020

For those who may have missed this in my last blog post (See here), there is a potential that the EB-2 category, which includes the National Interest Waiver may no longer be current for ANY country come January 2020.  What does this mean? In order to file the I-485 application, there must be an immigrant visa

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December Visa Bulletin Update

The December Visa Bulletin was released just a couple days ago. The most startling item in the bulletin was a note by Mr. Oppenheim stating that EB-2 and EB-3 may no longer be current come January or February of next year.  This is a major change from previous years, as these categories either remained current,

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