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The 2018 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Online Entry Period

14:00 21 September in News Updates

The 2018 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Online Entry Period will begin at Noon ET on October 4, 2016, and will end at Noon ET on November 7, 2016. Applicants may access the eligibility requirements, instructions for application, and FAQs for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program at: https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Diversity-Visa/DV-Instructions-Translations/DV-2018%20Instructions/DV-2018%20Instructions%20English.pdf. The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (also known as the Green Card Lottery) provides immigrant visas each fiscal year for persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Essentially, this program provides certain nationalities with the opportunity to win the chance to apply for a green card, without having to qualify in...

Employers: Current Form I-9 valid until Jan. 21, 2017

18:45 14 September in News Updates

On Aug. 25, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. USCIS must publish a revised form by Nov. 22, 2016. Employers may continue using the current version of Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 N until Jan. 21, 2017. After Jan. 21, 2017, all previous versions of Form I-9 will be invalid. We will continue to provide updates about the revised Form I-9 as they become available. <-- Back to News Updates...

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

20:13 22 August 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 September 2016 shows a few months of forward movement for EB-2 and EB-3 India, while EB-2 and EB-3 China remain unchanged from August’s cut-off dates.  The cut-off date for EB-2 Worldwide remains approximately two years behind the cut-off date for EB-3 worldwide.  WHAT IS A PRIORITY DATE?                             PRIORITY DATES/ IMMIGRANT VISA AVAILABILITY AS OF September 1, 2016: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2016/visa-bulletin-for-september-2016.html PREDICTIONS OF FUTURE VISA AVAILABILITY    Courtesy of...

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

14:03 15 July in News Updates

IMMIGRANT VISAS 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 August 2016 imposes cut-off dates for the previously current EB-1 China and India categories, as well as previously current EB-2 categories.  WHAT IS A PRIORITY DATE?                            PRIORITY DATES/ IMMIGRANT VISA AVAILABILITY AS OF AUGUST 1, 2016: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2016/visa-bulletin-for-august-2016.html PREDICTIONS OF FUTURE VISA AVAILABILITY    Courtesy of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 14071401 (posted June 20, 2016).  The information below is based on...

USCIS to Raise Filing Fees

19:49 23 May in News Updates

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to 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 period for public comments to the proposed rule will end on July 5, 2016.  The proposed rule and the public comments received on it will form the basis of the final rule, which should be published sometime...