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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. 

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.

Important information regarding H-1B / E-3 Employees temporarily working from home

By |2020-04-14T20:08:52+00:00April 14th, 2020|Citizenship, Coronavirus, Green Cards, H-1B, H-1B lottery, I-129, Immigration, Nonimmigrant Visas, Travel Ban, USCIS|

It’s hard to believe, but it has almost been 30 days since the country first began sheltering in place. Unfortunately, there are a few H-1B / E-3 posting requirements that are triggered when employees are moved to locations not listed as work sites on their H-1B / E-3 applications.

E&M Mayock COVID-19 Visa / US Immigration / International Travel Resources

By |2020-04-07T14:02:29+00:00April 7th, 2020|Citizenship, Coronavirus, Green Cards, H-1B, H-1B lottery, I-129, Immigration, Nonimmigrant Visas, Travel Ban, USCIS|

This blog post is intended to provide a source of COVID-19 information provided by agencies and organizations.  International travel issues and impediments are arising rapidly.  These resources are updated internally by the hosts and reflect the most recent and reliable information available to the public.

H-1B Registration – A Look Back at an Administrative Nightmare

By |2020-04-03T21:37:01+00:00April 3rd, 2020|H-1B, H-1B lottery, I-129, Immigration, Nonimmigrant Visas, Travel Ban, USCIS|

On April 1, 2020, USCIS announced the opening of the 90 day window for filing H-1B cap petitions. Registrants selected in the Pre-Registration lottery may now file full petitions. This announcement was met with discouragement by many immigration attorneys whose registrations were erroneously denied as “duplicate” registrations.