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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

  • New USCIS Policy Can Result in Application Denials
    Do you know that an application you file with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) could be denied if you happen to make a mistake while completing it? USCIS adopted a new policy on September 11, 2018, according to which a U…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Jan 19, 7:22am -
  • USCIS May Deport Legal Immigrants
    Even legal immigrants can be deported from the U.S., according to a new policy adopted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). When people file applications with the USCIS to receive immigration benefits, they will have to…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Jan 19, 7:21am -
  • 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…
    - 84 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…
    - 84 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…
    - 87 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…
    - 87 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…
    - 88 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…
    - 88 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…
    - 89 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…
    - 89 days ago, 24 Oct 18, 10:54am -

cis.org News

  • newHand Border Wall Decisions over to Commissions or Governors?
    The suggestions by number-two House Democrat Steny Hoyer sound superficially attractive, as befits platitudes and bloviation when emanating from a seasoned pol. But are they reasonable? I think not. Patrick McHughJanuary 20, 2019 - 10:56pm…
    - 16 mins ago, 21 Jan 19, 3:56am -
  • newLove for Immigrants, but a Firm Sense of Limits: The Eloquent Complexity of Peggy Noonan
    As this blog noted recently, Ronald Reagan compiled an inconsistent record on immigration. He spoke glowingly about his vision of the country as a city on a hill that could be entered by gates that were open to all those who wanted in. Yet he also su…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Jan 19, 3:01am -
  • newParsing the President's Words
    After his address Saturday offering a compromise to end the partial government shutdown, the best thing the president could have done was stand pat, say nothing, and allow the details of the proposal speak for themselves. But that often isn't the pre…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Jan 19, 2:39am -
  • newTurkey-Based Schools in U.S. Continue to Attract Negative Attention
    This time, a non-Gulen Turkish school in the U.S. is having problems with accreditation. Patrick McHughJanuary 20, 2019 - 9:29pm David North
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Jan 19, 2:29am -
  • Enough with the 'Either-Or' Wall Arguments
    I am convinced that the government shutdown will end when I run out of "wall" arguments to refute. Regrettably, that day never comes. Patrick McHughJanuary 19, 2019 - 11:07am Trump doesn't want just a wall Andrew R. Arthu…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Jan 19, 4:07pm -
  • About 40% of H-1B Jobs Give Employers a Tidy $40,000/Year Discount
    A new report shows that while employers and their lobbyists talk about the H-1B program as being designed to bring America the "best and the brightest" of the foreign workers, they actually pay the vast majority of these workers at substandard wages.…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Jan 19, 5:47pm -
  • New Bill Would Swell H-2B Program to Over 100,000 Annually
    Sen. Thune's "Prioritizing Help to Businesses Act" (S.135) would ensure that employers wouldn't have to raise wages and expand their recruitment efforts in order to fill less-skilled jobs. Patrick McHughJanuary 18, 2019 - 11:12am Preston Hu…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Jan 19, 4:12pm -
  • Jon Meacham Misuses a Reagan Anniversary to Preach the Gospel of Open Borders
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author's open-borders vision is admirable in its good intentions, but like many sweeping policy proposals from ideologues, it is a formula for overreach and excess. Patrick McHughJanuary 18, 2019 - 10…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Jan 19, 3:10pm -
  • Blue Flue at TSA and Elsewhere in DHS?
    There can be no excuse for letting the American public down; what's happening is not their fault. DHS employees owe them their presence at work. Patrick McHughJanuary 17, 2019 - 4:12pm Dan Cadman
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jan 19, 9:12pm -
  • Breaking Down TRAC's Surprising Asylum Stats
    The actual reasons behind the increase in asylum denials is not clear from the TRAC report. But increased resources, efforts by DOJ to speed removal cases, and a shift in focus from the prior administration to the present one likely had a significant…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jan 19, 8:49pm -

Global Immigration Blog

  • No Citizenship Question on 2020 Census, Judge Rules
    The Department of Commerce has been enjoined by a federal judge from including the citizenship question in the upcoming Census. The case began on March 26, 2018, when Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., announced that he would reinstate a citi…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jan 19, 5:16pm -
  • Will Ending Government Shutdown Turn on DACA?
    Is it possible that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program might be the key to ending the government shutdown? A DACA-for-border-funding compromise that was taken off the table a year ago is again being talked about by some lawmake…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Jan 19, 4:41am -
  • Does Presidential Tweet Portend Positive Developments in H-1B Visa Program?
    President Donald Trump surprised the immigration community recently with an encouraging tweet about H-1B visa holders: H-1B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to y…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Jan 19, 12:36am -
  • Time to Prepare for the 2019 H-1B Cap Season
    Although the number of petitions filed has decreased slightly over the past couple of years, the H-1B cap has been reached every year for the last six years. Due to the high demand, businesses must be ready to file their H-1B petitions on April 1, 20…
    - 16 days ago, 4 Jan 19, 8:40pm -
  • USCIS Ends Humanitarian Parole Program for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
    USCIS announced that, effective immediately, it is terminating yet another humanitarian parole program. This one is for individuals living in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This move will affect, among others: Immediate relative…
    - 23 days ago, 28 Dec 18, 9:00pm -
  • New Dogs Greet the New Year!
    In November 2018, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) notified the public of the opportunity to become a certified cargo screening canine!  Qualified explosives detection canine teams and their providers would be able to become register…
    - 24 days ago, 27 Dec 18, 8:02pm -
  • What a Government Shutdown Means for Immigration Services
    Although the ongoing government shutdown is rooted in an immigration matter – the “wall” – its effect on other immigration processes is somewhat limited. Fee-funded activities are not affected, which means that USCIS offices will remain open,…
    - 25 days ago, 26 Dec 18, 10:11pm -
  • Litigation over H-4 EAD Rule Rescission To Move Forward
    The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has added Immigration Voice, a group that represents high-skilled foreign nationals, to defend the H-4 EAD Rule. Save Jobs USA v. United States Department of Homeland Security. The H-4 EAD Rule provides work…
    - 30 days ago, 21 Dec 18, 7:37pm -
  • Enforcement Activity Surges in FY 2018, ICE Reports
    ICE has had no official Director since June 2018, when Thomas Homan left the post, but that has not slowed down its worksite and other enforcement activities, according to the agency’s latest fiscal year report (FY 2018 covers October 1, 2017, thro…
    - 31 days ago, 20 Dec 18, 9:51pm -
  • Social Security Administration ‘No Match’ Letters to Employers Make Another Comeback
    Social Security Administration (SSA) has begun notifying employers that the information reported on an individual employee’s W-2 form does not match the SSA’s records with “Request for Employer Information” letters, known as “No-Match” le…
    - 37 days ago, 14 Dec 18, 9:58pm -