Immigration Solutions

Essential Workers Update – Immigration Reform Reconciliation Bill – 9/14/2021

On September 13, 2021 the Immigration Language for the Reconciliation Bill passed. You can find it here. 1) It creates a path to Permanent Residency for Dreamers, (anyone who came to the US under the age of 18 and has continuously resided here since January 1, 2021 would be considered a dreamer). 2) Essential workers: those … Read more

USCIS Creates a New Webpage for Lockbox Filing Location Updates – 2021

09/01/2021. USCIS has created a new Lockbox Filing Location Updates page on their website for customers to keep track of updates we make to lockbox filing locations. You can use this page to easily see which lockbox form filing locations USCIS has updated and when USCIS made the update. USCIS will update this page regularly, but USCIS … Read more

New Notice of Filing Address for ETA 9089 Petitions

Reminder for those who file PERM and Schedule A I-140 petitions: There is a new ANPC Mailing Address for ETA 9089 Notice of Filings. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/07/16/2021-15112/relocation-of-the-office-of-foreign-labor-certifications-atlanta-national-processing-center-change Employers are reminded to adhere to regulatory requirements at 20 CFR 656.10(d), including providing ANPC’s correct new mailing address, specified above, on the Notice of Filing (NOF) that must be posted … Read more

Vermont Service Center – New Mailing Addresses

Effective June 14, 2021, the Vermont Service Center will no longer receive any incoming mail at the St. Albans, VT facility, which is being decommissioned. Mail sent to the previous addresses will be forwarded for one year, but any mail sent to the previous addresses after June 2022 may be returned to the sender by the United States Postal Service or the courier … Read more

USCIS Confirms Elimination of “Blank Space” Criteria

USCIS today confirmed that for all forms it has reverted to the form rejection criteria it applied before October 2019 regarding blank responses. In 2019, USCIS changed the form rejection criteria for: Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal; Form I-612, Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement (under Section 212(e) … Read more

H-1B Visa – Cap/Lottery for FY 22

Here is the timeline for the 2021 (fy22) H-1B Visa filing. March 25: The online registration period will close at 12:00 p.m. EST. All electronic registrations must be submitted with registration fees paid. March 26–31: USCIS will conduct the H-1B regular cap and master’s cap lotteries. March 31: USCIS will notify employers and their representatives … Read more

Premium Processing for E-3 Visas

Starting Feb. 24, 2021, petitioners filing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting a change or extension of status to E-3 classification will have the option to request premium processing service for their petition. The E-3 classification applies only to nationals of Australia who are coming to the United States solely to perform services in a specialty occupation. An Australian … Read more

USCIS Lockbox Receipt Update – 2/5/21

Dallas Lockbox: Currently intaking Employment-Based I-485 adjustment of applications and standalone cases filed around Oct. 29, 2020, and Oct. 30, 2020, with approximately 415,000 applications/petitions waiting to be receipted Phoenix Lockbox: Currently intaking cases of all form types filed in early December 2020 with approximately 67,000 envelopes (or about 100,000 applications) waiting to be receipted

Visa Bulletin For January 2021

EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES For Employment-Based Preference Filings:For all employment-based preference categories, you must use the Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for January 2021. First:  Priority Workers:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences. Second:  Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons … Read more