Improvements to PERM ?

The DOL recently announced a $7.2 million dollar investment to improve the PERM system. The improvements focus on the areas of cybersecurity and technology upgrades. Many of us would love to see some automation, particularly in the area of Prevailing Wage Determinations (PWDs) Why should it take 7 months to determine the correct occupation for… Continue reading Improvements to PERM ?

Qualify for an O visa ?

The USCIS recently updated its Policy Manual (think internal guide for adjudicating petitions) to expand opportunities for STEM workers to obtain O visas. If you have an employee that was not selected in the H-1b lottery and is running out of STEM OPT time, you may want to consider an O petition as opposed to… Continue reading Qualify for an O visa ?

CIS Report Card

If your performance this year has been pretty deplorable and you want to make yourself feel better because someone is doing far worse, check out this CIS report outlining the processing delays and systemic failures of the USCIS over the past year.

USCIS Processing Times

The USCIS recently changed the information they provide the public relative to processing times for specific filings. They changed from a range of dates to now providing a specific date, which indicates that 80% of cases are adjudicated within this timeframe. The USCIS has created an FAQ that provides more information. For most immigration law… Continue reading USCIS Processing Times

Great News for EAD Renewals !

The USCIS has issued a Temporary Final Rule that extends the automatic renewal time period for EAD renewals from 180 days to 540 days. This new rule, which takes effect on May 4, 2022 applies to all classes of EAD cards that are currently entitled to an automatic extension. The current list can be found… Continue reading Great News for EAD Renewals !