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
Last week, Bloomberg News reported that the Department of State (DOS) is planning to resume the processing of visa stamp renewals in the US. This process which ended in 2004 would be a huge benefit to workers on H and L visas who often face long waits and uncertain processing times back home to renew… Continue reading Visa Renewals in the US ?
The Department of State (DOS) released the August Visa Bulletin this past week and there was virtually no forward movement in the Final Action Date chart. Only EB3 China and EB3 India moved and they each moved forward only 1 month. But, on a positive note, all other categories held steady in this, the next… Continue reading August Visa Bulletin
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.
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 !
The Department of State (DOS) has released the July Visa Bulletin and very little changed. On the Final Action Date chart, EB2 for India moved forward 2 mos. and for China 1 mo. All other categories stayed the same. There was limited movement in the Dates for Filing chart but, the USCIS is not honoring… Continue reading July Visa Bulletin
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.
The Department of State (DOS) has released the June Visa bulletin and the news was disappointing for most with retrogressed dates. The Dates for Filing chart did NOT move forward. The Final Action Dates chart only moved forward for India EB2; but, it moved forward a full year to Sept 1, 2014. There had been… Continue reading June 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
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
The USCIS issued an alert reminding healthcare workers that they are eligible for expedited processing of EAD cards. The USCIS will be following this guidance in determining eligibility.