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Why is My H-4 Application Taking So Long?

In March, 2019, USCIS announced that H-4 applications will require that all applicants be fingerprinted as part of the application process. With this change, USCIS has also changed the I-539 form used for the H-4 application, has added a new form, form I-539A for dependents included on the application to sign, and requires an $85 […]

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New Public Charge Rule is Here: Brace Yourselves (and consider filing now)!

The information below may significantly impact many types of US immigration filings, including green card applications (both ones filed from within the US, and ones filed through consular processing), as well as nonimmigrants (H-1B, L, E, etc) in certain circumstances. On Monday, August 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final […]

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Visa Bulletin Prediction: July 2019 & Beyond!

The AILA Department of State liaison committee has recently met with Charlie Oppenheim, the man behind the curtain of the visa bulletin. This is a summary of what Charlie’s visa bulletin crystal ball is saying right now: Family-Based Categories:  FB-2A Worldwide is current for the month of July! However, keep in mind that there are […]

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Applying for US citizenship or a green card? Be ready to travel!

USCIS announced today that in an effort to improve processing times for the N-400 (used to apply for naturalization) and I-485 (used to apply for the adjustment of status/permanent residence), they are re-distributing work to different field offices, which may be outside the applicant’s jurisdiction. As part of the announcement, USCIS confirmed that fingerprinting appointments […]

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I-140 Letters of Experience: A Formula for Success

In this tough immigration environment, we’re seeing an increase in the number of RFEs (requests for additional evidence) from USCIS, and USCIS is increasingly strict in their adjudications of immigration petitions and applications. As with any filing, the key to reducing the chance of an RFE is to make sure your petition is well-documented and […]

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions!

On Monday, March 11, 2019, USCIS announced that they are resuming premium processing service for all H-1B petitions starting Tuesday, March 12th. If a case is filed through premium processing, USCIS will make a decision on a case, or issue a request for evidence (RFE) within 15 calendar days of receiving the premium processing case. […]

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Big Changes for H-4 Filings (and Other I-539 Filings)

USCIS has recently announced that a new Form I-539 will be available on March 11th. This is the form used to apply for an extension of status for H-4 and L-2, and to change status to these and other classifications. The major changes with the new form are as follows: A signature will be required […]

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Why Is My Immigration Case Taking So Long?! Recent Trends in USCIS Processing Delays

By Samantha Davis, Richmond, VA Immigration Lawyer If you feel like your case has been pending for longer than anticipated, you are not alone. Members of the immigration law community have noticed longer and longer case processing times. Their observations were confirmed with a recent AILA report. The American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) analyzed recently […]

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2019 H-1B Cap: Five Things You Need to Know!

The 2019 H-1B cap deadline of April 1 is fast approaching. If you are an employee or an employer interested in filing an H-1B petition for the upcoming H-1B lottery, there are several key things to keep in mind: What does it mean to sponsor an H-1B? If you have never sponsored an employee for […]

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F-1 and J-1 Visa Holders: Beware the New Unlawful Presence Memo!

In August 2018, USCIS implemented a new policy memo regarding the accrual of unlawful presence for F, J, and M nonimmigrants. Before we delve into what this means, let’s take a look at the difference between out of status and unlawful presence. Both of these terms are legal terms of art, with specific meanings. Out […]

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