IMMIGRATION PUNDITS OR DATA: EMPLOYMENT-BASED PRIORITY DATE MOVEMENT DURING FY2023 STARTING OCTOBER 1, 2022

Statements like these – USCIS has used nearly all available employment-based immigrant visas for the 2022 fiscal year and will exhaust the supply of visas by the end of September 2022 – spread like a wildfire last week sending chilling messages down the spine of  pending and ...
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MAJOR FEDERAL COURT VICTORY: ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING COMPLETED WITHIN 45 DAYS OF FILING A COMPLAINT FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS

As the Lead Counsel in Sheikh et al v. Bitter et al, 1:22-cv-02044, I am extremely happy to share that within 45 days of filing a complaint for Writ of Mandamus in the Northern District of Illinois (NDIL), the Department of State (DOS) decided to approve my client’s E-2 Nonimmigrant Visa...
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UP TO 540 DAYS AUTOMATIC EXTENSION FOR “CERTAIN” EMPLOYMENTAUTHORIZATION DOCUMENT (EAD) RENEWAL APPLICANTS

Effective May 4, 2022, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is “temporarily” amending existing DHS regulations related to expiring employment authorization and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for certain renewal applicants. The prior extension period of up to 180 days will automatical...
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BEWARE: CHANGING PREFERENCE CLASSIFICATION (EB-3 TO EB-2) BASED ON AN I-140 PETITION FILED AS “AMENDED” PETITION

In January 2022, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  posted an alert advising certain Adjustment of Status (AOS) applicants to consider upgrading from EB-3 to EB-2 preference classification. USCIS also posted information on its website facilitating the transfer...
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EMPLOYMENT-BASED GREEN CARD PROCESSING UPDATE: AOS APPLICATIONS GETTING TRANSFERRED TO USCIS FIELD­ OFFICES VIA NATIONAL BENEFITS CENTER 

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has directed Nebraska Service Center (NSC) and Texas Service Center (TSC) to cease adjudication of all Employment-Based (EB) Form I-485 cases other than those based on 4th preference petitions (religious workers, special immigrant ...
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PREMIUM PROCESSING TIMEFRAMES AND USCIS FEES FOR THE NEWLY EXPANDED PREMIUM PROCESSING FOR FORMS I-539, I-765 & CERTAIN I-140S

Yesterday, March  29, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule, Implementation of the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act, that will expand premium processing service for Forms I-539, I-765 and certain EB-1 and EB-2 I-140s.  This rule is effect...
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