skip to Main Content

Stateside Visa Renewal Pilot Clears Federal Review

A State Department pilot program that will permit certain H-1B nonimmigrants to apply for visa renewal within the United States has cleared the Office of Management and Budget federal review process, putting the pilot closer to implementation. The next step…

read more

Proposal to Request Public Comment on Expanding List of Occupations Eligible for Streamlined Green Card Processing Clears OMB

A U.S. Department of Labor proposal to solicit public input on possible expansion of the “Schedule A” list of occupations exempt from the PERM labor certification process has cleared Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review and is expected to…

read more

DHS Publishes FR Notice Extending TPS Re-registration Periods for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan

Consistent with its September announcement, the Department of Homeland Security has published a Federal Register (FR) notice, reiterating the extensions of the periods to re-register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under the existing designations of El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and…

read more

H-1B Cap Is Reached for FY 2024

USCIS today announced that it has received enough cap petitions to fill the 85,000 slots available for H-1B employment in the current fiscal year. Earlier this year, USCIS conducted two separate lottery selections, in March and in July, to select…

read more

January 2024 Visa Bulletin Update – USCIS to Honor Dates for Filing for Employment-Based Categories

Next month, USCIS will accept employment-based adjustment of status applications from foreign nationals with a priority date that is earlier than the Dates for Filing listed in the State Department’s January 2024 Visa Bulletin. Employment-Based Priority Date Cutoffs for January…

read more

January 2024 Visa Bulletin – Significant Movement for EB-1 India and EB-5 India, Strong Movement Across Most Other Employment-Based Categories

The EB-1 India Final Action Date will advance by three years and eight months, to September 1, 2020, and the Date for Filing will advance by a year and a half, to January 1, 2021. The EB-1 China Final Action…

read more

Immigration Agencies Announce Their Fall 2023 Regulatory Plans

The Department of State plans to implement the limited H-1B domestic visa renewal pilot program in February 2024. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has delayed to April 2024 the publication of a final rule that would increase filing fees for…

read more

November 2023 DOL PERM and PWD Processing Times

As of November 30, 2023, the Department of Labor (DOL) was conducting analyst review for PERM applications filed in December 2022 or earlier, and processing audited cases with priority dates of August 2022 or earlier. DOL is working on standard…

read more

October 2023 DOL PERM and PWD Processing Times

As of October 31, 2023, the Department of Labor (DOL) was conducting analyst review for PERM applications filed in December 2022 or earlier, and processing audited cases with priority dates of July 2022 or earlier. DOL is working on standard…

read more

Congress Passes Stopgap Spending Bill; Immigration Operations Funded Through February 2

Congress has passed a short-term spending bill that will fund some federal agencies - including immigration operations - through February 2, 2024, while other federal agencies will be funded through January 19, 2024. President Biden is expected to sign the…

read more

December Visa Bulletin – Slight Movement for China EB-2 and EB-3, No Change in Remaining Employment-Based Categories; USCIS to Honor Dates for Filing in December

In December, USCIS will accept employment-based adjustment of status applications from foreign nationals with a priority date that is earlier than the Dates for Filing listed in the State Department’s December 2023 Visa Bulletin. The Dates for Filing for all…

read more

DOL to Seek Public Feedback on Streamlined Green Card Eligibility for STEM and Other Occupations

A U.S. Department of Labor proposal to solicit public input on possible expansion of the “Schedule A” list of occupations eligible for streamlined green card processing has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review. The proposal…

read more

Holiday Travel Guidance for Foreign Nationals

If you are a foreign national planning to travel internationally this holiday season, make sure that you have all the necessary documents, including a passport with sufficient remaining validity, a valid U.S. visa in the appropriate classification, and advance permission…

read more

Preparing for a Possible November 17 Federal Shutdown

If appropriations legislation or a stopgap spending bill is not passed by Congress by November 17, 2023, the federal government will enter a partial shutdown on November 18. A shutdown would mean that Department of Labor immigration functions such as…

read more

Reminder – FY 2025 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Ends November 7

Entrants have until Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at noon EST to register online at the State Department’s official lottery website. Lottery applications must conform to the State Department’s strict requirements. A closer look Registration for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Diversity Visa (DV)…

read more

New Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence Asks Federal Agencies for Initiatives to Attract and Retain Foreign AI Talent

President Biden has issued a wide-ranging Executive Order to establish guidelines for artificial intelligence (AI) security, innovation, and advancement – including several immigration provisions related to the attraction and retention of foreign talent in AI. The order directs the State…

read more

Reminder – Starting November 1, New Edition of Form I-9 Becomes Mandatory

The new edition of Form I-9, dated August 1, 2023, will become mandatory for all employers on November 1, 2023. Through October 31, 2023, employers may continue to use the previous edition, dated October 21, 2019. The new form does…

read more

USCIS Proposes Modernization of the H-1B Program

A new proposed rule seeks to enhance integrity and prevent misuse of the H-1B cap registration system, revise the definition of an H-1B specialty occupation, strengthen cap-gap protections for F-1 students awaiting a change of status to H-1B, and clarify…

read more

Israeli Nationals Eligible for Visa Waiver Program Starting Today

Effective immediately, Israeli nationals are now eligible to apply for travel to the U.S. visa-free for business or pleasure under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The effective date for Israeli eligibility to travel under VWP has been moved up from…

read more

Stateside Visa Renewal Pilot Moves Closer to Implementation

Details of the State Department’s long-awaited stateside visa renewal pilot are undergoing federal review, the next step toward executing the program. The pilot is expected to permit certain nonimmigrants with an expired or expiring visa to apply for renewal of…

read more

September 2023 DOL PERM and PWD Processing Times

As of September 30, 2023, the Department of Labor (DOL) was conducting analyst review for PERM applications filed in September 2022 or earlier, and processing audited cases with priority dates of July 2022 or earlier. DOL is working on standard…

read more

DHS Extends and Redesignates Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status; Extends Relaxed Employment Options for Cameroonian F-1 Students

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended and redesignated Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), from December 8, 2023 through June 7, 2025. The registration period for new TPS applicants will run from October 10, 2023 to June 7,…

read more

November Visa Bulletin – EB-2 Rest of World Moves Slightly Forward, No Change in Remaining Employment-Based Categories; USCIS to Honor Dates for Filing in November

In November, USCIS will accept employment-based adjustment of status applications from foreign nationals with a priority date that is earlier than the Dates for Filing listed in the State Department’s November 2023 Visa Bulletin. The EB-2 Final Action Date for…

read more

New Edition of Form I-9 Mandatory Starting November 1

The new edition of Form I-9, dated August 1, 2023, will become mandatory for all employers on November 1, 2023. Through October 31, 2023, employers may continue to use the previous edition, dated October 21, 2019. The new form does…

read more

FY 2025 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Opens Today

Entrants have until Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at noon EST to register online at the State Department’s official lottery website. Lottery applications must conform to the State Department’s strict requirements. A closer look The State Department began accepting online registrations for the Fiscal…

read more
Back To Top