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

By |2022-11-07T16:47:48+00:00November 4th, 2022|Diversity Lottery, Diversity Visa, Immigration, 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, 2022 at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EST).  Applications must be submitted by noon EST on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. There is no filing tee to apply.

Visa Interview Wait Times Confound Tourist and Business Travelers

By |2022-07-28T15:58:08+00:00July 28th, 2022|Immigration, International, Nonimmigrant Visas, U.S. Embassy, USCIS, Visa appointment, Visa Interview|

Wait times for visa interviews at U.S. Embassies have grown significantly. Interviews for both immigrant and nonimmigrant applicants have developed extraordinarily delays.

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?

Strategy Tip: Consular Process H-1B to Save FICA Taxes for F-1 Students

By |2022-04-07T21:10:03+00:00April 7th, 2022|EAD, F-1, F-1 STEM, H-1B, H-1B cap, H-1B lottery, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, STEM, USCIS|

How H-1B lotto winners and their employers can save $18,000 or more by keeping STEM OPT until the last minute. Many employers of F-1 Foreign Students are unaware that they need NOT withhold FICA taxes OR make an employer contribution.

USCIS Expands Premium Processing

By |2022-03-29T15:42:23+00:00March 29th, 2022|EAD, I-539, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Premium Processing, USCIS|

On March 30, 2022, the Biden administration will publish a final rule implementing the long overdue expansion of Premium Processing for employment-based immigration applications. 

USCIS Begins Notifying 2022 H-1B Pre-Registration Winners

By |2022-03-28T20:23:54+00:00March 28th, 2022|H-1B, H-1B cap, H-1B lottery, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, USCIS, Wage Requirements|

USCIS has begun notifying successful H-1B Cap Lottery "winners" and their attorneys via their USCIS online accounts.  If your registration was selected and you are looking for an attorney to file your H-1B petition, please contact E&M Mayock at or call 415-765-5111.

USCIS Rolls Out 2022 H-1B Pre-Registration Program

By |2022-01-31T19:29:31+00:00January 31st, 2022|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 2022 lottery. USCIS will open registration during a 18-day period from Tuesday, March 1st until Friday, March 18.

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.

Revised COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Announced

By |2021-09-21T19:12:06+00:00September 21st, 2021|Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, Travel Ban, USCIS|

On September 20, 2021, the White House announced that it will rescind the current geographic COVID-19 related travel bans. New vaccination-based requirements for international visitors to the U.S. will be implemented in early November 2021.

USCIS Suspends Collection of Biometrics for H-4 and L-2 Applications

By |2021-05-06T15:22:05+00:00May 6th, 2021|E-1 Treaty Trader, E-2 Treaty Investor, E-3, EAD, H-1B, I-129, I-539, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, L-1A Visa, Nonimmigrant Visas, USCIS|

On May 3, 2021, USCIS announced its intention to suspend the collection of biometrics for applications submitted by the dependents of nonimmigrant workers in the H-4, L-2, and E-1, E-2, and E-3 categories effective 5/17/21. 

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