Posts from March 2019.
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After weeks of anxious speculation by immigration attorneys and their clients, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) finally announced their premium processing strategy for this year’s H-1B cap season, and it’s … complicated:

  • H-1B cap petitions requesting a change of status may request premium processing when the case is initially filed during the first week of April;
  • The 15 day premium processing clock for change of status cases will not start until USCIS notifies the public sometime before May 20, 2019;
  • If premium processing is not requested with an initial ...
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The Visa Bulletin is released monthly by the Department of State and is used to determine when a sponsored foreign national can submit the final step of the green card process. The complete visa bulletin can be found here.

Below is a summary of the April Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month.

  • China: EB-1 halts at February 22, 2017, EB-2 leaps forward three months to April 1, 2016, and EB-3 moves ahead three weeks to August 1, 2015
  • India: EB-1 stalls at February 22, 2017, EB-2 creeps ahead three days to April 12, 2009, and EB-3 continues to outpace EB-2 ...
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status and new Form I-539A, Supplemental Information to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.  Applicants may continue to file the current Forms I-539 and Supplement A until March 21, 2019; as of March 22, 2019, only the revised I-539 and I-539A will be accepted by USCIS.  The I-539A may not be filed as a stand-alone form.

According to USCIS, it may verify the information provided on the I-539/I-539A before or after the application is processed.  In addition ...


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