Public Charge Rule Goes into Effect

The USCIS has announced that its public charge rule will go into effect on Dec 23, 2022. This has the practical result of requiring all I-485 applications in process but, not yet filed to be re-done to use the new I-485 form version that was just released. For employment based applicants, there should be little… Continue reading Public Charge Rule Goes into Effect

DOL Processing Delays

In response to inquiries from AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) regarding the ever lengthening processing delays for PWD’s (prevailing wage determinations), the DOL provided several reasons including: higher volume, impact of increased filings for H-2b cases, and the implementation of the new SOC codes which went into effect on July 1st. With respect to the… Continue reading DOL Processing Delays

EAD Expedite for Healthcare Workers

Great news for healthcare workers ! The USCIS has updated its policy for expediting the issuance of EAD cards for healthcare workers and is now including initial requests in addition to renewals. Please see the updated policy here. If you have a pending EAD card and you are a healthcare worker, reach out to your… Continue reading EAD Expedite for Healthcare Workers

Good News for IV in FY2023

The USCIS has published an FAQ on Immigrant Visa (green card) processing which provides great insights for what to expect in FY 2023. Among the highlights are: The USCIS and DOS combined to approve approximately 280,000 Immigrant Visas in FY 2022 exhausting all available visas. Both agencies deserve commendation for the effort made this past… Continue reading Good News for IV in FY2023