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Category Archives: Immigration

Senators Graham and Durbin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect DREAMers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) welcomed the introduction of the “Bar Removal of Immigrants who Dream and Grow the Economy” or BRIDGE Act, a bipartisan bill authored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL). William A. Stock, AILA President, noted, “The BRIDGE Act is designed to protect the […]

USCIS Revises Form I-9 (Verification of Employment Eligibility)

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By January 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016. Until then, they can continue to use either the version dated 03/08/2013 or the new version. Among the changes in the new version, Section 1 […]

USCIS Fees to Increase

Fees for immigration transactions will increase by an average of 21 percent beginning on December 23, 2016. Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new fees. While the fees for some petitions will remain the same, others will see significant increases. According to USCIS, the […]

Instructions for 2018 Diversity Lottery

The Department of State has issued detailed instructions for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-18).  annually. Each year, the Congressionally enacted Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For Fiscal Year 2018, 50,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will […]

Split Supreme Court Decision Blocks President Obama’s Immigration Plan

In a one-sentence 4-4 split decision on June 24, 2016, U.S. v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand lower court rulings that block the Obama administration’s plan, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), to allow approximately 4 million parents of U.S. citizen children to remain in the United States and obtain […]

Immigration Processing Times

Follow these links to access current processing times of the USCIS Field Offices and Service Centers, the Department of Labor, or the Department of State’s latest Visa Bulletin with the most recent cut-off dates for visa numbers: USCIS Field Office and Service Center processing times online: https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplay.do Department of Labor processing times and information on […]

Increased Wait Times for H-1B and L-1 Visas at U.S. Consular Posts in India

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reports that U.S. Consular Posts in India are currently experiencing extraordinary wait times for nonimmigrant visa (NIV) interview appointments. At the time of this writing, the current wait times for all NIV categories other than B, F, and J are: Chennai – 75 days Hyderabad – 93 days Kolkata […]

Effective May 10, 2016, STEM OPT Work Permits Expanded

May 10, 2016 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has amended its F–1 nonimmigrant student visa regulations on optional practical training (OPT) for students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from U.S. institutions of higher education. Specifically, the final rule allows such F–1 STEM students who have elected to pursue 12 months […]

USCIS Falls Way Behind on Asylum Interview Scheduling

Until fairly recently, USCIS’s Asylum Office in Arlington, VA, which covers applications from Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Washington, DC, was scheduling interview within 3 months or so of filing.  However, due to a huge increase in applications from Central American and Middle East nationals, the Office has fallen behind by 3 years. According to USCIS’ […]

USCIS Reaches FY2017 H-1B Cap

On April 7th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS will use a computer-generated process, also known as the lottery, to randomly select the […]

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