May 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The May 2019 Visa Bulletin was just released. EB1 all countries is disappointingly still not current, and shows no signs of becoming so any time soon. However, the date for filing employment-based visa applications for EB1 all countries finally showed some significant movement, advancing about three months to 1 September 2018, after having not moved[…]

USCIS Strengthens Guidance for Spousal Petitions Involving Minors

USCIS announced on Friday additional guidance for the adjudication and evaluation of spousal petitions involving minors, in the form of a Policy Alert updating the Adjudicator’s Field Manual. These additional evaluation factors appear to be limited in scope to only spousal petitions involving minors, but with the current administration clamping down on legal immigration at[…]

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2020 and Reaches the Advanced Degree Exemption Cap

USCIS has announced that, on April 10th, they completed the random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally mandated 85,000 H-1B visas allotted each fiscal year. USCIS received a total of 201,011 H-1B petitions during the filing period for Fiscal Year 2020, which represents an increase from the 190,098 H-1B petitions[…]

Premium Processing Begins for Certain Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions on May 20

The USCIS published the below notice re. H1B Premium Process service today.  Good luck to those filing H1b applications! – Tahmina ___________ On May 20, USCIS will begin premium processing for FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitioners requesting a change of status on their Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Petitioners who do not file[…]

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

USCIS has just announced that, effective tomorrow, March 12, 2019, they are resuming premium processing for all H-1B petitions.   Copied from USCIS:   USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the[…]

Tahmina Talks Immigration with Alex Stonehill: Immigration & International Students

Listen to our latest episode of Tahmina Talks Immigration cohosted by Alex Stonehill, Cofounder of the Seattle Globalist. We held a webinar for international students given the fast and furious changes to immigration policies affecting students.  Here is a link. Hope you enjoy! Please share widely and rate and review the podcast so we can[…]