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Good news on delayed EADs

Due to the extraordinary and unprecedented COVID-19 public health emergency, the production of certain Employment Authorization Documents (Form I-766, EAD) is delayed. As a result, employees may use Form I-797, Notice of Action, with a Notice date on or after December 1, 2019 through and including August 20, 2020 informing an applicant of approval of … Read more

August 2020 Visa Bulletin

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES First: (F1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference. Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents:  114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, plus any unused first preference numbers: A. (F2A) Spouses and Children … Read more

When should you file an Appeal to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO).

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When a USCIS Service Center denies an employment-based visa petition you often have 2 options: Refile a new petition with USCIS File an Appeal to the AAO There are certain situations where refiling with USCIS is not an option. Advantages of Filing an Appeal to the AAO: You can use the administrative review process to … Read more

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests [July 1st, 2020]

From uscis.gov on July 1st 2020. In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain: Requests for Evidence; Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14); Notices of Intent to Deny; Notices of Intent to … Read more

USCIS H-1B June 17, 2020 – Policy Memorandum – Determining Employer – Contracts and Itineraries Requirements for H-1B Petitions – Employer / Employee Relationship

Direct Link to USCIS: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of the Director (MS 2000) Washington, DC 20529-2000 June 17, 2020   PM-602-0114 Policy Memorandum SUBJECT:    Rescission of Policy Memoranda Purpose U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is rescinding two policy memoranda regarding the adjudication of certain petitions for H-1B nonimmigrant classification Background USCIS is rescinding … Read more

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Certain Petitions

From USCIS.gov on 5/29/20: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in phases over the next month. Effective June 1, 2020, USCIS will accept Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for all eligible Form I-140 petitions. Effective June 8, USCIS will accept premium processing requests for: … Read more

The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act of 2020

What is The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act of 2020? The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act, or S.3599, is a bipartisan bill that would respond to the healthcare worker shortage in the midst of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by recapturing 40,000 unused employment-based visas and using them to expedite processing for immigrant doctors and nurses. The … Read more

Executive Order Immigration – COVID-19

SUSPENSION OF ENTRY OF IMMIGRANTS WHO PRESENT A RISK TO THE UNITED STATES LABOR MARKET DURING THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY FOLLOWING THE 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has significantly disrupted the livelihoods of Americans. … Read more

H-1B Visas for Search Marketing Strategists / SEO Positions and a victory for the Specialty Occupation

A recent US District Court Case provided a victory for H-1B Visa Employers, Employees, and Practitioners. The March 6, 2020 decision in 3Q Digital v USCIS Judge Lamberth ordered USCIS to reopen the case and approve the H-1B petition. There are a few points of interest: The H-1B Visa Petition Job Title was Search Engine … Read more