Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

Posted in: 2015

Visa Bulletin Predictions for the New Year – 2016!

Charlie Oppenheim, the man behind the Visa Bulletin, met with AILA recently to discuss his predictions for the Visa Bulletin in the New Year. The highlights are as follows: EB-2 India: The EB-2 India priority date moved up by ten months in December, which is huge. The date also advanced by 8 months to February […]

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EB-1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability: Does the Quality of Journals I Publish in Matter?

In order to meet the requirements for the EB-1 alien of extraordinary ability category, the EB-1 beneficiary must document that she or he meets certain regulatory requirements. One way to meet this requirement is to show that you have received a major international award such as the Nobel Prize. The second way is much more […]

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What Does It Mean to “Sponsor” an H-1B?

The H-1B visa classification is a commonly used classification for professional workers. More information about the H-1B can be found here. An H-1B petition must be filed by a US employer on behalf of its (prospective) employee, who will work for that company in a position that requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in […]

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Proposed Revised STEM OPT Regulations: Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace!

In the midst of a lawsuit challenging an administrative aspect of the 2008 STEM OPT extension regulations, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has just published the proposed revised STEM OPT extension regulations. Read on for the highlights of this exciting development! Why do we have revised regulations? The Washington Alliance of Tech Workers filed […]

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October Visa Bulletin Sadness: Visa Bulletin Rescinded and New (Older) Dates Prevail

We are writing with heavy hearts to announce that the October visa bulletin as  originally published has been rescinded and replaced with a new visa bulletin. The revised visa bulletin still has the two filing charts as the original one did. However, the  dates shown in the revised “filing date” chart have significantly retrogressed. This […]

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Should I Submit the Medical Exam with My Employment-Based I-485 Filing?

We are thrilled that dozens of our clients can file the I-485 application for adjustment of status as of October 1, even though the priority date is not yet current (see this post). Many of our clients are wondering if they should submit the medical exam now, or wait until they receive an RFE for […]

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October 2015 Visa Bulletin Madness (and Gladness): Priority Dates, Final Action Dates, Filing Dates, EADs and More – Oh My!

The October 2015 visa bulletin was recently published. While the new visa bulletin is much anticipated each month, this month’s visa bulletin brought a much anticipated, major change: it is now possible to file the I-485 application for permanent residence before the priority date is current! What on earth does this mean? First, it is […]

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EADs for H-4 Dependents: Latest News and Tips!

When we were first able to file EADs for H-4 dependents starting in May 2015, many applicants had a lot of questions that we did not necessarily have answers for since the regulation was brand new. Three months in, we have a little more information about what to expect in terms of processing timelines. Below […]

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EB-1 and NIW: Self-Petition Without a Permanent Job Offer

Generally speaking, employment-based permanent residence options require that an employer sponsor the foreign national, and that the foreign national have a permanent job offer. However, there are a couple of exceptions to this, including the EB-1 “alien of extraordinary ability” category, as well as the EB-2 National Interest Waiver category. For either of these categories, a […]

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Visa Bulletin Predictions – May 2015

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has started having regular meeting with Charlie Oppenheim, the man behind the crystal ball of the visa bulletin (he is the Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of State (DOS)). In these meetings, Charlie provides his insight and analysis as to what is happening […]

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