News Updates

Practice Advisory: Highlights of the New I-9

23:47 06 December in News Updates

Highlights of the New I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form When must an employer begin using the new I-9 Form? The new version of the Form I-9 (Revision date 11/14/2016 N) is effective for use immediately.   Employers may continue using the current version of Form I-9 (Revision date 03/08/2013 N) until Jan. 21, 2017. Use of the new version will be mandatory as of January 22, 2017.  The new form bears an expiration date of 8/31/2019. Where can I get the new Form I-9? The new form is available at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9.  The site includes the smart / fillable version of Form I-9; non-fillable "flat" version;...

Immigrant Visas — December 2016 Priority Dates; Predictions of Future Visa Availability

20:29 02 December in News Updates

DECEMBER 2016 PRIORITY DATES AND PREDICTIONS OF FUTURE VISA AVAILABILITY Each month, the U.S. Department of State publishes its Visa Bulletin, in which it establishes cut-off dates in each immigration category, for each nationality.  The recently released Visa Bulletin for December 2016 shows slight forward movement in some categories but overall not much significant movement from the previous month.  All EB-1 categories remain current (for now), EB-3 China remains almost 10 months ahead of EB-2 China, and EB-2 categories continue to show heavy demand across the board.  WHAT IS A PRIORITY DATE? PRIORITY DATES/ IMMIGRANT VISA AVAILABILITY AS OF DECEMBER 1, 2016: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2017/visa-bulletin-for-december-2016.html PREDICTIONS OF...

EVUS Enrollment Now Required for Chinese Nationals Traveling to U.S. on Visitor Visas

16:03 30 November in News Updates

Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) Enrollment Now Required for Chinese Nationals Traveling to U.S. on Visitor Visas Please note that effective November 29, 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection requires all Chinese nationals with 10-year B-1/ B-2 visitor visas to enroll in the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) prior to traveling to the U.S.    As with other visitor visas, although the visa may be used for multiple entries during the 10-year validity period, each admission to the U.S. remains limited to a maximum of six months per visit. https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/cbp-now-requires-evus-enrollments-chinese-national-10-year-visa Release Date: November 29, 2016 Nationals of the People's Republic of China with a 10-year visa...

Post-Election Message to our Clients

18:29 11 November in News Updates

The United States has a new President Elect.  On November 9, 2016, the country, and the world, woke up to a President Elect Donald J. Trump, who will be governing a Republican-controlled Senate, a Republican-controlled House, and will be charged with the responsibility of filling at least one Supreme Court vacancy during his tenure, likely with a very conservative Justice. President Elect Trump made a very restrictive immigration policy a central tenet of his campaign, a message that appeared to resonate with a significant portion of the electorate.  His promises of change, of offering employment opportunities to a sector of American...

Travel Advisory for the Holidays

21:40 08 November in News Updates

Travel Information for Foreign Nationals As the busy holiday travel season approaches, LAC wishes to provide the following information to assist our clients with international travel. Time-Saving Travel Programs Travelers Arriving at a Land Border Port of Entry Can Now Pay for I-94 Online As a way of avoiding long lines at land borders, the I-94 website now allows travelers to submit a request for I-94 online, up to seven days prior to arriving at a land port of entry.  After submitting the application and payment online, travelers will receive a provisional I-94.  The I-94 online application will collect information that is otherwise...

USCIS Filing Fees to Increase on 12/23/2016

22:52 25 October in News Updates

USCIS Filing Fees to Increase on 12/23/2016 On December 23, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will raise certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by a weighted average of 21%.   After a comprehensive fee review, DHS has determined that a fee increase is necessary in order to avoid a $560 million shortfall.  The USCIS fee schedule was last adjusted in November of 2010. The new fees for common applications and petitions are as follows: Immigration benefit request Current fee ($) New fee ($) Difference ($) Percent change I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker   325   460   135   42 I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e)   340   535   195   57 I-130 Petition for Alien Relative   420   535  115  27 I-131 Application...

Immigrant Visas–November 2016 Priority Dates; Predictions of Future Visa Availability

22:37 18 October in News Updates

PRIORITY DATES AND PREDICTIONS OF FUTURE VISA AVAILABILITY Each month, the U.S. Department of State publishes its Visa Bulletin, in which it establishes cut-off dates in each immigration category, for each nationality.  The recently released Visa Bulletin for November 2016 shows slight forward movement for most categories.  Significant advancements include an almost 10 month advancement in the EB-2 India preference category and a 5 month advancement in the EB-2 China preference category.  WHAT IS A PRIORITY DATE?    PRIORITY DATES/ IMMIGRANT VISA AVAILABILITY AS OF November 1, 2016: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2017/visa-bulletin-for-november-2016.html PREDICTIONS OF FUTURE VISA AVAILABILITY:    Courtesy of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  AILA...

Travel Advisory: Nonimmigrant Visa Wait Times at U.S. Consular Posts in India

17:19 03 October in News Updates

Travel Advisory Nonimmigrant Visa Wait Times U.S. Consular Posts in India Significant Delays U.S. Consular Posts in India continue to experience extraordinary wait times for nonimmigrant visa (NIV) interview appointments. At the time of this writing, the current wait times to obtain an appointment for all NIV categories other than B, F, and J are:      Chennai                               120 calendar days      Hyderabad                           130 calendar days      Kolkata                                1 calendar day (pending verification)      Mumbai                               130 calendar days      New Delhi                            126 calendar days Once the interview has taken place, all posts in India are reporting a wait time of 1 to 2 business days to return the passport with the...