On Sept. 30, Congress failed to renew Public Law 111-230 (the 50/50 fee). Enacted in August 2010, the 50/50 fee mandated companies with more than 50 employees based in the United States and more than 50 percent of workers employed under a nonimmigrant visa status to pay an additional fee — $2,000 for H-1B and […]
President Obama signed a Continuing Resolution that extended the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program (also called regional center program) and funded the government through Dec. 11. The program, which was scheduled to expire Sept. 30, allocates green cards for investors in regional centers designated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services based on proposals for promoting economic […]
Note: The October Visa Bulletin was revised on Sept. 25 by the U.S. Department of State. As a result of this unforeseen change, some employment-based green card petitioners no longer have a “current” application filing date and can’t file Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) in October. Review the “Dates for Filing of Employment-Based Visa […]
Happy Citizenship Day! Today marks the 228th anniversary of our Founding Fathers signing the U.S. Constitution. As we look back to that historic day, people across the country are preparing to take the naturalization test and become new U.S. citizens.
To celebrate this holiday, we’ve gathered three helpful study resources for citizenship applicants.
100 Civics Questions and […]
Due to the long wait times faced by many foreign nationals seeking legal permanent residency, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revised its procedure for determining visa availability. Beginning in October, USCIS will start accepting Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) from foreign nationals with an approved I-140 (Immigrant Petition) […]
The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) September 2015 Visa Bulletin has been released. For updated family and employment-based green card processing times, view the following charts.
What is the Visa Bulletin?
The DOS receives thousands of green card applications every year, which requires the government agency to impose limits on the number of petitions filed annually, per […]
Recently, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that the denial rate for L-1B visas, for intracompany transfers with specialized knowledge, hit a record high of 35 percent in 2014. In direct response, on August 31, USCIS will implement a policy memorandum to guide its officers in adjudicating L-1B petitions.
L-1B classification enables multinational companies to […]
On August 12, the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the program granting 17-month extensions in F-1 Optional Practical Training for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students was invalid, citing that the program failed to follow the proper enactment procedures.
The F-1 OPT program allowed F-1 students who have majored in STEM fields […]
The immigration process can be stressful for new and seasoned HR professionals alike, due to strict regulations, tedious application requirements and more. However, it’s possible to bring efficiency to the process with a few simple adjustments.
Here are three ways to help you manage immigration for your company while saving time and money:
1. Fix Poor Communication
The August 2015 Visa Bulletin is now live. For updated family- and employment-based green card processing times, view the charts below.
Since the U.S. Department of State (DOS) receives thousands of green card applications every year and there are limits on the number of petitions filed annually, per country, there’s a multi-year backlog for certain categories. […]