April 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The April 2019 Visa Bulletin was just released. Below are the new priority dates. Once again, it is very disappointing to see that EB1 all countries is still not current, and the priority date has not advanced from last month’s bulletin. We have a number of clients in holding patterns and are monitoring this carefully[…]

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[…]

H4 EAD Recission Imminent: What To Do Now

The long anticipated fear of the administration revoking H4 EADs is finally seeing some action.  Last week, the proposed rules were sent to the OMB which means that the proposed rules will be published in the very near future. I know this is distressing to many people. As a long standing advocate for H4 EADs,[…]

March 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The March 2019 Visa Bulletin was released last Friday. Below are the new priority dates. It was disappointing to see that EB1 all countries is still not current, and the priority date has not advanced from last month’s bulletin. We have a number of clients in holding patterns and are monitoring this carefully as a result.[…]

News Update: USCIS to Publish Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A

Another concerning announcement coming from USCIS regarding a revised Form I-539 and new Form I-539A, including a new biometrics fee requirement of $85 for many categories of applicants, including those applying for H-4 status.   Copied from USCIS:   We have revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status and will publish the revised form on our[…]

News Update: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or before December 21, 2018

Some (rare) positive news on the H-1B front. USCIS has announced that they are resuming premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. This announcement expands upon USCIS’ previous resumption of premium processing for all FY 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions to include non-cap subject H-1B transfers and extensions (other than continuation[…]

February 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

February 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary   February 2019 For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category priority date advances 23 days to 1 December 2016, F2B preference advances 47 days to a PD of 1 May 2012, F4 category advances 31 days to 22 June 2005; EB1 advances 61 days to 1[…]

News Update: USCIS Now Accepting Copies of Negative P Visa Consultations Directly from Labor Unions

We file a fair number of P-visa applications at our office. This news update is concerning given the arbitrary adjudications we have seen across employment-based cases. Copied from USCIS: Effective immediately, USCIS will begin accepting copies of negative consultation letters directly from labor unions relating to a current or future P nonimmigrant visa petition. A[…]

Tahmina Talks to SHRM About H1B Preregistration Proposed Rules

It was an honor to speak with SHRM‘s Roy Maurer about the DHS proposed rules published on Monday December 3rd 2018 which seek to change the H1B visa lottery process. You can read the article here.  If you have any comments or questions, we are happy to answer them!

Tahmina Talks to CNN About New DHS H1B Pregistration Proposed Rule

Last friday, November 30th, the Department of Homeland Security released ‘unpublished’ proposed rules regarding new H1B preregistration procedures. Those rules were formally published today on Monday December 3rd. I posted by ‘Quick and Dirty Review’ of the basic procedures here.  I was honored to share my thoughts with CNN’s Sara O’Brian.  Here is the link[…]