Immigration

Latest Update on U.S. COVID-19 Travel Restrictions. Biden Shuffles the Criteria for Visa Issuance National Interest Exceptions

By |2021-03-04T19:48:48+00:00March 4th, 2021|E-3, I-129, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, Premium Processing, Wage Requirements|

Good news for travelers from Europe's Schengen area, the United Kingdom and Ireland. On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, President Biden carved out an exception to COVID-19 travel restrictions for those whose work supports “critical infrastructure.”

Great News for Australian Professionals! 

By |2021-02-25T13:19:31+00:00February 24th, 2021|E-3, I-129, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, Premium Processing, Wage Requirements|

Speedy E-3 adjudications now available through premium processing. Starting Feb. 24, 2021, employers filing to requesting E-3 Professional status for a new employee or an extension of E-3 status for an existing employee will have the option to request premium processing service for their petition.

USCIS Rolls Out 2021 H-1B Pre-Registration Program

By |2021-02-08T21:39:21+00:00February 8th, 2021|H-1B, H-1B cap, H-1B lottery, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, USCIS, Wage Requirements|

USCIS is now rolling out its H-1B Pre-Registration program for the 2021 lottery. USCIS will open registration during a 16-day period from Tuesday, March 9th until Thursday, March 25.

USCIS abandons Wage Ranking for H-1B visa selection – Reverts to Luck !

By |2021-02-08T21:27:12+00:00February 4th, 2021|H-1B, H-1B cap, H-1B lottery, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, USCIS, Wage Requirements|

It’s official: Luck rules! The 2021 H-1B Visa Selection process will be random. USCIS Citizenship & Immigration Services will use the same innovative Pre-Registration procedure that was launched last year. E&M Mayock’s Pre-Registration Program includes a full consultation, wage analysis, LCA Labor Condition Application filing with the Dept of Labor and Pre-Registration filing with USCIS Citizenship & Immigration Services.

E&M Mayock Announces 2021 H-1B Professional Visa “Cap Season” Program

By |2021-01-15T21:16:53+00:00January 15th, 2021|H-1B, H-1B cap, H-1B lottery, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, USCIS, Wage Requirements|

Get ready for H-1B Cap Season 2021 now. All 2021 H-1B Cap cases must complete a Pre-Registration process for inclusion. E&M Mayock’s Pre-Registration Program includes a full consultation, wage analysis, LCA Labor Condition Application filing with the Dept of Labor and Pre-Registration filing with USCIS Citizenship & Immigration Services.

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.

Don’t Miss Out on Applying for the Diversity Visa Lottery! It might be your lucky day…

By |2020-10-06T20:40:32+00:00October 6th, 2020|Coronavirus, Diversity Lottery, Diversity Visa, H-1B, Immigration, L-1A Visa, Nonimmigrant Visas, Travel Ban, USCIS|

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to file an application for the Diversity Visa Lottery! Applications for the 2022 Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program will be accepted online starting Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).  Applications must be submitted by noon EDT on Tuesday, November 10, 2022. There is no filing tee to apply.

Judge Halts June Executive Order Providing Relief for Named Parties to Law Suit

By |2020-10-02T17:53:22+00:00October 2nd, 2020|Coronavirus, H-1B, Immigration, L-1A Visa, Nonimmigrant Visas, Travel Ban, USCIS|

On October 1, 2020, a California federal judge issued a ruling overturning the June 24, 2020 Executive Order blocking the issuance of new nonimmigrant employment visas. The judge ruled that President Donald Trump likely overstepped his authority when he issued the Executive Order under coronavirus-related restrictions. This is great news for foreign workers who work for U.S. employers in H-1B, L-1 and J-1 status.  It relieves one obstacle to their ability to leave the U.S. and travel overseas.