Jumping Through Hoops for Health: How to Hire a Foreign Nurse

By |2022-05-05T23:00:54+00:00May 5th, 2022|Green Cards, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, International, Nurse, RN, USCIS|

The U.S. nursing shortage is growing, with no end in sight. Healthcare entities are increasingly looking overseas in their recruiting efforts. What does it take to obtain U.S. work authorization for a foreign nurse?

Biden Rolls Out the Red Carpet for STEM Grads and Entrepreneurs

By |2022-01-25T14:48:20+00:00January 25th, 2022|F-1 STEM, Green Cards, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, J-1, NIW, Nonimmigrant Visas, O-1A, STEM|

On January 21, 2022, the Biden administration announced updated policies designed to enhance immigration opportunities for foreign nationals in STEM fields - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

November Visa Bulletin Disappoints Indian and Chinese Green Card Hopefuls

By |2021-10-14T22:02:26+00:00October 14th, 2021|Green Cards, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, priority date, USCIS, Visa Bulletin|

Today’s release of the November Visa Bulletin resulted in disappointment and frustration among Indian and Chinese nationals who have been waiting in line for years for green cards.

Register now for the Diversity Lottery! 

By |2021-10-07T22:07:39+00:00October 7th, 2021|Diversity Lottery, Green Cards, Immigration, Immigration Regulations|

Register now for the Diversity Lottery! The annual Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery for FY 2023 opened October 6, 2021. Registration closes on November 9, 2021, at noon ET.

Standing on Shifting Sand – A Look Back at 2020

By |2020-12-23T20:54:56+00:00December 23rd, 2020|Green Cards, H-1B, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, USCIS, Wage Requirements|

When I think back on the immigration aspects of the year 2020, I am struck by the amount of time our firm had to regroup, revise and rethink normal ordinary immigration practices and procedures. In the year 2020, immigration lawyers scrambled to ascertain what forms were required, what supporting documents were required, where to file applications and what the fees were.

Experts Weigh In On Biden Paths To Roll Back Trump Immigration Policies

By |2020-11-12T17:02:43+00:00November 11th, 2020|Green Cards, H-1B, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, PERM, USCIS, Wage Requirements|

We are hopeful for substantive change for the better in immigration policies and procedures. Like you, I am wondering… now what happens?

New DOL & DHS Rules Make Game Changing Revisions to PERM and H-1B Wages and Minimum Qualifications

By |2020-10-07T16:46:59+00:00October 7th, 2020|Green Cards, H-1B, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, PERM, USCIS, Wage Requirements|

On October 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the text of game changing revisions to PERM and H-1B regulations. The DOL has announced that an Interim Final Rule, making sweeping changes to H-1B and PERM wage requirements, will be published October 8, 2020 and will be effective immediately upon publication. On the same day, DHS announced the publication of new regulations tightening requirements for H-1B degree requirements and employer / employee relationships. These new regulations are intended to protect U.S. workers by narrowing the pool of qualifying H-1B petitions to high wage / high skill positions.

To Downgrade or Not to Downgrade – That is the Question

By |2020-09-26T21:50:38+00:00September 26th, 2020|Citizenship, Green Cards, Immigration, priority date, USCIS, Visa Bulletin|

On September 24, 2020, the Department of State released the October 2020 Visa Bulletin advancing EB-3 Indian priority dates significantly. The dates that govern the ability to file adjustment of status (“green card”) applications for thousands of foreign workers advanced 5 years. This opens the door for many long languishing cases to be filed. Given the fact that all U.S. Embassies and Consulates are not currently open to the public for visa interviews, it is difficult to imagine that this proclamation has any real immediate effect. Anyone who could get an immigrant visa has already gotten an immigrant visa. Therefore, this proclamation essentially extends the status quo for at least 60 days.

Much Ado About Nothing – Trump’s Latest Travel Ban Extends Status Quo 60 Days

By |2020-04-23T01:18:47+00:00April 23rd, 2020|Citizenship, Coronavirus, Green Cards, H-1B, H-1B lottery, I-129, Immigration, Nonimmigrant Visas, Travel Ban, USCIS|

On April 22, 2020, President Trump signed a proclamation refusing entry to foreign nationals seeking to enter the U.S. as immigrants after 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 23, 2020. The ban lasts for an initial period of 60 days. Given the fact that all U.S. Embassies and Consulates are not currently open to the public for visa interviews, it is difficult to imagine that this proclamation has any real immediate effect. Anyone who could get an immigrant visa has already gotten an immigrant visa. Therefore, this proclamation essentially extends the status quo for at least 60 days.

President Trump Sows Chaos with 4/20/20 Tweet Threatening End to US Immigration

By |2020-04-21T23:25:15+00:00April 21st, 2020|Citizenship, Coronavirus, Green Cards, H-1B, H-1B lottery, I-129, Immigration, Nonimmigrant Visas, Travel Ban, USCIS|

There is much uncertainty surrounding the announcement by President Donald Trump that he will sign an executive order temporarily suspending all U.S. immigration in light of the coronavirus pandemic. As the president has not signed the executive order, all information available is speculation.

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