Thanks for 32 Years !

In July of 1991, we started this law firm as Hammond andAssociates and in full transparency, there were no associates. Julyof 2023 marks the transition from Hammond Neal Moore to CIP andEnvoy Global. We have gone from a small office in a strip center onthe outskirts of Dayton, Ohio to offices in downtown Cincinnati,Phoenix, Dallas,… Continue reading Thanks for 32 Years !

August Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) released the August Visa Bulletin and all categories across all countries are retrogressed. Given the “use it or lose it” laws in effect relative to immigrant visa (green card) usage, summer retrogression is not unusual and actually indicates that the USCIS and DOS are working efficiently and using all of… Continue reading August Visa Bulletin

HNM To Merge

HNM announced today that it is merging with GIA and CIP and partnering with Envoy Global to provide global immigration services. For more info. check out the joint press release.

Retrogression Strikes Again

The Department of State (DOS) has released the July Visa Bulletin and many categories saw further retrogression. Most notable was the India EB3 category which moved backward by over 2 years. All other EB3 categories retrogressed by 4 months. Forward movement is not expected until the new fiscal year in October and even further retrogression… Continue reading Retrogression Strikes Again

New PERM Filing System

The DOL’s new FLAG system for the submission of PERM applications (Labor Certification Applications) goes into effect on June 1, 2023. Applications may no longer be filed under the old system. Practitioners expect there to be many “glitches” and “Oh ! We didn’t think about that” but, are optimistic that the system will be much… Continue reading New PERM Filing System

June Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has released the June Visa Bulletin and there were no changes. Retrogression remains a problem that needs a legislative solution. The USCIS posted that it will only honor the Final Action Date chart for I-485 filings.

H-1b Lottery Numbers

The USCIS has released data that shows almost 800,000 registrations were submitted in the FY 2024 lottery for the 85,000 H-1b visas available. The numbers reflect a 15% selection rate. It was revealed that over 400,000 persons submitted multiple registrations. In what may be the understatement of the year, the USCIS indicated that the numbers… Continue reading H-1b Lottery Numbers

Nurse Staffing Agency Loses

A Federal Judge recently ruled that a New York based staffing company violated numerous federal laws including anti-trafficking laws in their treatment of international nurses recruited from the Philippines. The charges claimed that the staffing company failed to pay the proper wages and that the liquidated damage clauses were unlawful.