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November 2022 Visa Bulletin & Immigrant Visa Availability

Fiscal Year 2023 began on October 1, 2022 with approximately 60,000 unused family-based visas from FY 2022 rolling over into the FY 2023 employment-based allocation. With these additional visas, in total, there are approximately 200,000 immigrant visas available to employment-based

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Posted in Immigration Law

The 2023 H-1B Cap Lottery Process Kicks-Off on March 1, 2022

Each year, 85,000 new H-1B visas become available to U.S. employers seeking to sponsor foreign national workers in “specialty occupation” positions across all industries. These 85,000 new H-1B visas are available in three distinct tranches: 58,200 visas are available under

Posted in Immigration Law

Immigration Quick Takes – February 2022

New Immigration Policy Impacting Sponsorship in STEM Fields In line with the Biden Administration’s commitment to remove barriers to legal immigration and promote economic growth, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking action to improve immigration pathways for

Posted in Immigration Law

Expanded Basis for Requesting Expedited Processing of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs)

By Donald W. Parker,  Immigration Attorney The USCIS has published guidelines for requesting an expedite of a pending application to renew an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) specifically for qualifying healthcare workers.  This is now an additional basis for requesting expedited

Posted in Immigration Law

Immigration Quick Takes – January 2022

COVID-19 Testing Requirements for U.S. Entry Currently, there are no region- or country-based travel restrictions in place for individuals seeking to enter the U.S. Instead, all air travelers to the United States are subject to the same testing and vaccination

Posted in Immigration Law

Immigration Quick Takes – December 2021

USCIS Releases Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Adjudication Statistics for Fiscal Year 2021 In FY 2021 (fiscal year ended September 30, 2021), USCIS confirmed the availability of 237,000 employment-based immigrant visas, comprising the standard 115,000 immigrant visas authorized annually plus an

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DACA: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going

A brief overview of DACA’s long and winding road and its current status By Molli Freeman-Lynde, Immigration Attorney Origins of DACA The Obama administration created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, known as DACA, on June 15, 2012. The

Posted in Immigration Law

Immigration Quick Takes — November 2021

Current Status of Travel Restrictions and Vaccine Requirements On October 25, President Biden issued A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Effective as of November 8th, the Proclamation revokes the country-by-country restrictions implemented

Posted in Immigration Law

Adjudication Trends: Before and After Trump

USCIS RFE data shows a return to sanity in adjudications for some nonimmigrant case types post-Trump presidency, while others have seen little or no improvement By Grant W. Godfrey, Immigration Attorney The Trump administration articulated early on a broad policy

Posted in Immigration Law

Immigration Quick Takes – October 2021

November Visa Bulletin As was the case in October, in November, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will continue to accept Employment-Based Adjustment of Status applications based on the Visa Bulletin’s Dates for Filing chart. The backlogged dates in

Posted in Immigration Law

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