Immigration Blog

Arbitrary and Unpredictable Consular Visa Processing Requests and Delays

As part of the executive order “Buy American and Hire American”, we are now seeing and hearing about arbitrary and unpredictable consular visa processing requests and delays. These include processing for L-1 multinational managers or specialized knowledge employees; E-2 investors; O-1 extraordinary alien; and H-1B professional workers after USCIS has already approved the petition. This trend is unfortunately likely to continue because the Department of State updated the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), which it uses as guidance […]

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USCIS Releases a Revised Form I-9

On July 17, 2017, USCIS released a revised Form I-9 and the Handbook for Employers. You may begin using the new form immediately, but it is not required until September 18, 2017. Until then, you may continue to use the Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N. You should also continue to follow existing storage and retention rules for all previously completed Form I-9s. Here is what HR professionals need to know about […]

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USCIS Plans for a New Form I-9

The latest Form I-9 just went into full effect on January 22, 2017, but there’s another Form I-9 in the works already! USCIS planned to issue the new form by July 17th, 2017. However, the new administration put a freeze on all new regulations, so it may be delayed until September 17, 2017 or later. Here’s what you can expect from the new release. Why is there a new revision already? The revision was primarily […]

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A New Look for Green Cards and EADs

In April, USCIS announced a redesign of the Permanent Resident Card (i.e. Green Card) and Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The new-look documents started being issued in May, so some of you may have already received them. Why is USCIS doing this? The redesign is part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project, an effort to create documents that are more secure and harder to alter. The goal is to reduce fraud and counterfeiting.

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FAQs about Priority Dates

A priority date establishes your place in the queue for a permanent residency status (also known as a Green Card). You cannot file your Adjustment of Status (AOS) applications or apply for your immigrant consular interview until your priority date is current. Depending on your visa category and country of chargeability, this can be one to several years. For most foreign nationals, losing or retaining a priority date can make a big difference in the […]

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Employer Alert: Difficulty Receiving EADs in the Mail

If a foreign national is reporting difficulty getting an EAD in the mail, consider these two common issues. There must be someone present to receive the EAD. When no one is home, the post office returns the EAD to USCIS. If you are expecting an EAD, make arrangements with your post office to ensure delivery. If a foreign national moves, you must notify USCIS promptly. Otherwise, the EAD might not be delivered at all. It […]

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