The USCIS has announced a specific process to be followed for transferring from EB3 to EB2 with a pending I-485. This transfer of your underlying basis is advised for persons who have a pending I-485 that was filed using an EB3 I-140 where; the priority date is not current under the EB3 category but, is… Continue reading From EB3 to EB2 !
The Department of State (DOS) has released the February Visa Bulletin. Most categories remained unchanged but, India EB2 moved forward on the Dates for Filing chart by 2 mos. and 6 mos. on the Final Action Date chart. China EB2 also moved forward almost 2 mos. on the Final Action Date chart. The USCIS announced… Continue reading February Visa Bulletin
This week, the USCIS Public Engagement office announced that it will immediately begin to expedite the issuance of EAD’s for healthcare workers if: You have a pending Employment Authorization Document (EAD) renewal application ; and Your EAD is expiring within 30 days or less, or has already expired: Please call the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283 to request expedited processing of your EAD renewal application. If your EAD renewal is pending… Continue reading EAD Expedite for Healthcare Workers
The Department of State (DOS) has released the January Visa Bulletin and there was little movement. All dates in the Dates for Filing chart remained unchanged. In the Final Action Date chart, India EB2 moved forward 2 mos. and China EB2 a few weeks but, EB3 for both India and China remained unchanged. The USCIS… Continue reading January Visa Bulletin
In a real-world example of how a misunderstanding of how to conduct employment eligibility verification, the Department of Justice recently published a settlement agreement that demonstrates how a nuanced requirement for human resource professionals can be quite costly to the organization at large. Recently, the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) of the Civil Rights… Continue reading Settlement Highlights Importance of HR Training
Many Indian nationals that filed a 485 in the fall of 2020 using a downgrade EB3 I-140 have now found themselves in a situation where their EB3 priority date has retrogressed but, their original approved EB2 priority date has now moved ahead and may be current or, based upon more recent DOS proclamations, is expected… Continue reading I-485 Interfiling ? My EB2 PD is current ?
As the fiscal year ended on Sept 30,2021 it became apparent that the USCIS and the Department of State would not issue all of the immigrant visas (green cards) that it was authorized by Congress to issue. Immigrant visas not issued do NOT carry-forward to the new fiscal year but, are lost. On the employment… Continue reading Opportunities Wasted !
Many immigrants were frustrated at how long it was taking to get 485’s approved and several decided to go to Federal Court and sue; and, at least a few have won. Check out this victory from a Federal Court in Mississippi. But, not so fast. not every case wins so “easily”. A Federal Judge in… Continue reading I-485 Taking Too Long ? Sue ?
The Department of State (DOS) has released the November Visa bulletin and sadly, there were no surprises. India and China EB2 moved forward in both the Final Action Dates and Dates for Filing charts and India and China EB3 retrogressed by almost 2 years. All other categories remained current. The USCIS announced that they will… Continue reading November Visa Bulletin
If you are impacted by the Visa Bulletin issued each month and are curious about the movement of dates forward and backward (retrogression) and are not listening to the monthly youtube live streaming event hosted by the Department of State, I encourage you to start listening. Here is a link to the event held last… Continue reading Chats with Charlie-Visa Bulletin
The much anticipated October Visa Bulletin has been released by the Department of State (DOS) and to say that it was a disappointment would be a major understatement. The Final Action Dates chart stayed the same as September. The Dates for Filing chart moved forward slightly for China EB2 and EB3. India EB2 moved forward… Continue reading October Visa Bulletin