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Peerally Law Blog

  • Movement of EB2 India to March 2009 for July 2018 Visa Bulletin
    It seems we saw a jump on the EB2 India to March 2009 for the July 2018 Visa Bulletin. Although it is not quite would have been a good jump, it is still a welcoming news Employment- based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA- mainland bo…
    - 17 Jun 18, 4:35pm -
  • H1B transfer and H4 Extension!
    Whenever you are transferring an H1B, make sure that you also file an extension I-539 for H4 visa. The reason for that is if the previous H1B is cancelled, then the H4 visa holder will be out of status. For more information or a consultation call 510…
    - 4 May 18, 7:40am -
  • USCIS Updates Policy on DNA Evidence in Support of Sibling Relationships
    USCIS has updated its policy on the acceptance of DNA evidence supporting sibling relationships. This policy memorandum (PDF, 136 KB) permits officers to suggest and consider direct sibling-to-sibling DNA test results, and provides standards for eva…
    - 3 May 18, 7:06pm -
  • Federal Register Changed not to allow third party placement of OPT student!
    Following an abrupt change of the Federal Register, it seems that the USCIS has decided that third party placement of OPT students are not acceptable. The amendment states: [T]he training experience must take place on-site at the employer’s place o…
    - 3 May 18, 7:50am -
  • Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship for Children Born Out of Wedlock
    USCIS, Apr. 18, 2018 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify certain requirements for acquisition of U.S. citizenship for children born outside the United States and out o…
    - 22 Apr 18, 5:37pm -
  • Report from AILA
    Trump’s ‘Invisible Wall’ Stifles Legal Immigration American Immigration Lawyers Association, Mar. 19, 2018 – “Despite overwhelming evidence of the value immigrants bring to our country, since President Trump took office in January 2017, the…
    - 29 Mar 18, 5:41pm -
  • Guidance of 1 year after to claim Child Status Protection Act CSPA
    The post Guidance of 1 year after to claim Child Status Protection Act CSPA appeared first on .
    - 28 Mar 18, 9:50am -
  • The National Interest Waiver – A door inside the USA from Africa!
    Do you at times feel like a big fish in a small pond? Do you get the feeling that you should be doing something more important with your life because you have the ability to do so? Do you feel that the possibilities are limited in your present enviro…
    - 26 Mar 18, 8:01am -
  • Eb1 for India and China retrogressed to January 2012
    As you will notice the EB1 for India and China is being retrogressed by the State Department. However, it seems that on Chart B, the dates are still current. This means that provided the USCIS permits, people will still be able to file for their adju…
    - 13 Mar 18, 7:20pm -
  • USCIS Policy Memo: Contracts and Itineraries Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites (Feb. 22, 2018)
    USCIS, Feb. 22, 2018 – “This policy memorandum (PM) establishes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy relating to H-1B petitions filed for workers who will be employed at one or more third-party worksites.” Read Memo>>The po…
    - 25 Feb 18, 11:40am -

Immigration Legal Blogs

  • Are you ready to take the big leap? – The EB1C and the L1A
    Are you ready to take your relationship forward, from casual to getting serious, from just thinking day to day to thinking in terms of a future together? Professional life, just like personal life, is a journey on the path to unleash your full profes…
    - 1 Apr 18, 2:15pm -
  • Do You Qualify for an EB1A?
    The Immigration Act of 1990 brought a national reform of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. The Act provided family-based immigration visa, created five distinct employment-based visas (such as EB1A, EB1B, EB1C, EB2, and EB3), categorize…
    - 3 Jan 18, 10:13pm -
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Rejected DACA Requests
    Specific guidance will be provided soon about the steps that a DACA recipient must take to resubmit his or her renewal request to USCIS if the filing was rejected due to U.S. Postal Service mail-service delays. Q1: Are any new DACA requests being acc…
    - 4 Dec 17, 3:10am -
  • Border Patrol Arrests Former DACA Recipient
    According to a press release from the Custom Border Patrol (CBP), .it seems that a former DACA recipient was arrested at the border trying to make an “illegal” entry into the United States. We do not have any information whether the DACA recipien…
    - 10 Nov 17, 5:14pm -
  • Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Announcement on Temporary Protected Status for Nicaragua And Honduras
    Release Date: November 6, 2017 For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary Contact: 202-282-8010 WASHINGTON— Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) d…
    - 8 Nov 17, 3:13am -
  • USCIS Updates Policy to Ensure Petitioners Meet Burden of Proof for Nonimmigrant Worker Extension Petitions
    WASHINGTON — Under updated policy guidance (PDF, 97 KB), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is instructing its officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests for certain nonimmigrant vis…
    - 25 Oct 17, 5:52pm -

immi-usa.com News

  • H-1B Processing Time 2019 | Delays, Extension, Premium Processing
    Each year, more and more people are vying to obtain the most popular U.S. work visa, the H-1B. Needless to say, most people who are interested in this visa want to know everything that is involved with the process, including … Continue reading →…
    - 10 Jan 18, 2:00pm -
  • H1B Transfer Denied: Top Rejection Reasons and Alternatives
    If you have submitted a petition for H-1B transfer, you may be worried that it will be denied. While working alongside a qualified attorney can help alleviate these fears, it helps to know the possibilities.  There are numerous contributing factors…
    - 5 Jan 18, 3:23pm -
  • PERM Processing Time – 2017 | Timeline for EB2 and EB3 Green Card
    PERM (Program Electronic Review Management) labor certification is a process that employers must go through in order to hire a foreign immigrant worker on a permanent basis. It is the first step for a foreign national to obtain a green card. … Con…
    - 27 Dec 17, 2:30pm -
  • H-1B Amendment for Location Change
    One of the hallmarks of the H-1B visa is the fact that it holds a few advantages over other nonimmigrant visa classifications. A chief advantage is its portability. Being able to change employers, work full or part time, and even … Continue reading…
    - 20 Dec 17, 2:30pm -
  • January 2018 Visa Bulletin
    It’s time for the first visa bulletin for the new year! Getting a green card can be difficult, especially if you’re doing it on your own. One thing you need to stay up-to-date is a comprehensive breakdown of the monthly … Continue reading →T…
    - 15 Dec 17, 6:32pm -
  • Will Getting a Promotion While On H-1B Status Affect My Green Card?
    One of the many benefits of having an H-1B visa is the flexibility it brings to your work in the U.S. From its portability to the ability to work toward your green card, it’s no wonder why so many people … Continue reading →The post Will Getti…
    - 13 Dec 17, 2:30pm -
  • Top 8 H-1B Visa Myths
    The H-1B visa is a temporary non-immigrant visa administered by the USCIS. It authorizes U.S. employers to hire foreign professionals for specialty positions. The foreign professional can work and reside in the United States for a specific period of…
    - 11 Dec 17, 2:30pm -
  • B-1/B-2 to H-1B Change of Status
    Faced with the difficulty of finding an H-1B sponsor from abroad, individuals frequently inquire as to how they can change their status from B-2 to H-1B or from B-1 to H-1B from within the United States.  B-1 and B-2 visas … Continue reading →T…
    - 9 Dec 17, 9:48pm -
  • H-1B Visa for Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups
    In 2011, the USCIS and Obama Administration created incentives to encourage start-up companies and increase job opportunities. Now, thanks to certain regulations, immigrants from all over the world can come to the U.S. under an H-1B visa as entrepr…
    - 30 Nov 17, 2:30pm -
  • Marriage Based Green Card Interview Questions | The Complete Guide
    It’s not uncommon for a United States citizen to begin and continue a relationship with an individual that does not have permanent residence in the U.S. In order for your immigrant spouse to live, work, and pursue higher education in the … Conti…
    - 28 Nov 17, 2:00pm -

us-immigration.com News

  • Iowa Activists and Immigrants Call for Reform
    Over 90 immigration activists gathered at the Pentacrest in Iowa City on Saturday afternoon to call for immigration rights and express their concern about the current implementation of US immigration policy. Natalia Espina, who helped to arrange the…
    - 23 days ago, 29 Oct 18, 10:12am -
  • More Immigrants Coming from El Salvador
    On Sunday, a new group of immigrants set off from El Salvador toward the US, in the wake of thousands of other immigrants from Central American nations who have taken similar journeys to try to escape from violence and poverty over the last few weeks…
    - 23 days ago, 29 Oct 18, 10:10am -
  • Immigrant Founders Behind Most U.S. $1 Billion Start-ups
    According to a new National Foundation for American Policy study, 50 out of 91, or 55%, of all $1 billion start-up firms in the US have at least one founder who is an immigrant to the US. These 50 companies have, on average, created over 1,200 jobs p…
    - 25 days ago, 26 Oct 18, 11:06am -
  • 800 More Troops to Be Deployed to the Border
    The Trump administration is expected to deploy more US troops to the southern border to assist with security operations in response to the ‘caravan’ of immigrants from Central America walking through Mexico to the US border, according to US offic…
    - 25 days ago, 26 Oct 18, 11:05am -
  • Immigration Fraud Led to Deportation Threats
    According to the US government, a woman pretended to be a lawyer with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to defraud immigrants attempting to gain legal status in the US and then threatened to have them deported if they tried to complain. Jessi…
    - 26 days ago, 25 Oct 18, 10:43am -
  • Record Numbers of Immigrant Families Arrested at U.S. Border
    The White House claims that a ‘record-shattering surge’ in immigrant families apprehended at the Southwest border has occurred during the last year, adding that US immigration law loopholes are responsible. Figures released on Wednesday by US Cus…
    - 26 days ago, 25 Oct 18, 10:39am -
  • Controversial Meeting Between Amazon and Immigration Officials
    This summer, Amazon met with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to talk about the potential use of ‘Rekognition’, its real-time surveillance facial recognition technology, a report from the Daily Beast and Project on Government O…
    - 27 days ago, 24 Oct 18, 11:01am -
  • Voters Want Honduran Immigrants Stopped at U.S. Border
    Americans agree with the efforts of President Donald Trump to stop the immigrant caravan of Hondurans currently in Mexico from illegally entering the US via the US-Mexico border. According to a new national online and telephone survey conducted by Ra…
    - 27 days ago, 24 Oct 18, 10:54am -
  • Are Overseas Students Avoiding MBA Programs over Immigration Debate?
    Companies in the US are becoming reluctant to hire overseas workers over concerns that the Trump administration may further tighten the US visa system. Graduate Management Admission Council data has shown a fall of as much as 10.5% in the number of i…
    - 28 days ago, 23 Oct 18, 11:36am -
  • ICE Sued by DC Attorney General Over Immigration
    On Monday, the office of Karl Racine, the DC Attorney General, filed a suit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), claiming that the agency has improperly responded to requests for information about raids carried out earlier in 2018 in Di…
    - 29 days ago, 23 Oct 18, 10:14am -

cis.org News

Global Immigration Blog

  • F-1 Student Visa, Optional Practical Training Risks Continue
    Although there have been discussions for some time that the Trump Administration would change the rules regarding Optional Practical Training (OPT), OPT did not show up in the most recent “regulatory agenda.” Nevertheless, the Administration has…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Nov 18, 8:41pm -
  • DHS Issues New Guidance on Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan
    Following Judge Edward Chen’s preliminary injunction blocking the termination of TPS status for beneficiaries from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan, the DHS has issued guidance regarding its compliance with that Order. TPS status for benefi…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Nov 18, 11:20pm -
  • Department of Homeland Security Fall 2018 Agenda Portends Big Changes for H-1B Visa, Other Programs
    The Department of Homeland Security’s latest Regulatory Agenda promises some big changes, especially for the H-1B visa program. Many of these changes have been proposed before, but have not yet made it to the rulemaking stage. Among what to expect…
    - 18 days ago, 2 Nov 18, 9:24pm -
  • Brexit: An Update for Employers
    As Brexit negotiations are coming to a head, companies may need to take stock of the current situation and strategize about how to maintain employment of current EU national employees and how to prepare for the post-Brexit landscape. Jackson Lewis is…
    - 26 days ago, 25 Oct 18, 8:21pm -
  • Other Countries Lay Out Welcome Mat to International Entrepreneurs as U.S. Draws Back
    While the Trump Administration is making it more difficult and less attractive for entrepreneurs to start their businesses in the United States (in the name of “Buy American and Hire American”), other countries are rolling out the welcome mat to…
    - 29 days ago, 22 Oct 18, 7:49pm -
  • Increased Unannounced Site Visits from USCIS Fraud Detection Arm
    Historically, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has been the primary auditor of companies using H-2B visa to hire temporary, seasonal workers. But amid debates over the cap on H-2B visas and an expressed need for more H-2B worke…
    - 41 days ago, 10 Oct 18, 5:51pm -
  • Judge Halts Termination of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan
    California Federal Judge Edward M. Chen has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction in Ramos v. Nielsen, preventing the Administration from implementing its decisions to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua…
    - 47 days ago, 4 Oct 18, 9:09pm -
  • U.S. Border Protection Agency Warns: Lifetime Ban Possible for Cannabis Industry Links
    Ahead of Canada’s new law legalizing restricted recreational use of cannabis (marijuana), U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson Stephanie Malin stated: Although medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in some U.S. states and Canad…
    - 49 days ago, 2 Oct 18, 12:29pm -
  • DHS Closer to Issuing ‘Public Charge’ Rule
    The DHS is getting closer to changing and hardening the standard for determining who is or might become a “public charge” for immigration purposes. The agency “pre-released” a new rule, “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds,” that it…
    - 49 days ago, 2 Oct 18, 12:16pm -
  • Diversity Lottery Registration to Open
    USCIS has announced that the 2020 Diversity Lottery will open for registration at noon EST on October 3, 2018 and run until noon EST on November 6, 2018.  Fifty thousand green cards will be available. Eligibility requirements are set out in the Fede…
    - 55 days ago, 26 Sep 18, 6:39pm -