LAC previously notified our clients that effective October 1, 2017, USCIS would begin conducting in-person interviews of all applicants seeking employment-based (EB) greencards.
Since announcing the implementation of these new procedures, USCIS has issued the following updates:
Which cases will require an interview?
Every applicant who filed...
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Due to a technical issue, the Diversity Visa (DV) 2019 entry period that began on October 3, 2017, has been closed. Entries submitted between October 3 and October 10, 2017, are not valid and have been excluded from the system; resubmitting such an entry will...
Today USCIS issued the below press release, indicating they have resumed premium processing for H-1B petitions requesting an extension of stay. USCIS adds that "Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions." However, this message is unclear, as not all H-1B petitions...
DHS to Collect Social Media Information on All Immigrants
A new rule (Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records) published on September 18, 2017 will allow Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collect social media information on all immigrants. The social media information being collected will...
The Trump Administration has unveiled new travel restrictions on certain citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Restrictions vary by country as follows:
Countries included in the new travel ban:
Chad: Suspends the entry of immigrants and temporary visitors on business or tourist...
Claudia Martorell has written the article Managing Intermittent Foreign Employees in the I-9 Context, which was published by LawLogix on September 9, 2017.
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing on September 18, 2017 for all pending H-1Bs filed under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. Premium processing is an expedited adjudication service. For an additional filing fee of $1225, USCIS guarantees a 15-day response time.
2019 DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY - ONLINE ENTRY PERIOD
Begins at Noon EDT on Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Ends at Noon EST on Tuesday, November 7, 2017
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (also known as the Green Card or DV Lottery) provides immigrant visas each fiscal year for persons...
As we reported in April, USCIS is continuing its initiative to increase H-1B site visits.
Accordingly, employers and H-1B visa beneficiaries may wish to review the below guidance to be prepared for such a visit.
H-1B Site Visits: Guidance for Employers
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...