News Updates

Post-Election Message to our Clients

18:29 11 November in News Updates by Larrabee

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 by Larrabee

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 by Larrabee

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 by Larrabee

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 by Larrabee

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...

The 2018 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Online Entry Period

14:00 21 September in News Updates by Larrabee

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 by Larrabee

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 by Larrabee

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 by Larrabee

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...