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

HNM Advocates for Clients

Hammond Neal Moore, Senior Partner, Sherry Neal recently led an effort on behalf of hospital clients to address delays in RN immigrant visa processing. For more info. on her efforts, check out this link.

Get Your GC This Year !

The USCIS is devoting a lot of resources to adjudicate as many employment based I-485 cases as possible this fiscal year. They have recently published an FAQ to provide suggestions for applicants with pending I-485 cases to insure that they are timely adjudicated. These hints include: not filing a new I-485, not mailing medical exams… Continue reading Get Your GC This Year !

Premium Processing for EB1 and EB2 I-140’s ! Kinda !

The USCIS recently announced that it will accept premium processing requests for certain EB1 and EB2 I-140’s but, only if they were filed prior to selected dates. Please read the announcement carefully to determine if you may qualify. We expect further announcements regarding the expansion of premium processing for other filings as the year continues.

May Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has released the May Visa Bulletin with very little movement and a warning. The Final Action Date chart showed forward movement for India EB2 of approximately 2 months but, no other retrogressed category moved. The Dates For Filing chart also remained unchanged except for India EB2 which moved forward 3… Continue reading May Visa Bulletin

I-485 Cases Transferred

As of April 4, 2022, it has been reported that pending I-485 applications at both the NSC and TSC have been transferred to the National Benefits Center so they may have faster processing. The USCIS has taken a number of steps to speed up the processing of I-485 applications with current priority dates (under the… Continue reading I-485 Cases Transferred