The National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) released a study that contains some surprising results regarding the denial and request for evidence (RFE) rate of L-1, H-1B, and O-1A Visas. Despite no change in the laws or regulations, there has been a sharp increase in the number of denials and RFEs, in the instance of L-1B Visas for example, upwards of 90% of applications are either denied or delayed for RFEs. This prevents skilled immigrants […]Continue Reading
The U.S. Department of State has released its February 2012 Visa Bulletin.
DOS Releases February 2012 Visa Bulletin The Bulletin states that all EB-1 categories remain current. EB-2 priority dates remain current for foreign nationals in the EB-2 category from all countries except China and India. USICS has indicated that the rate of new filings of AOS applications in recent months has been extremely low in the EB-2 category, and much lower than in the EB-3 category. For more information on this issue, please click here.Continue Reading
USCIS has simplified their 1-800 automated call system. Now instead of listening to and deciding between 10 main menu options, we will be offered 3 options when calling the National Customer Service Center (NCSC). This change is aimed at preventing misdirected calls and making customer service tools more friendly to you and me, the costumer! The NCSC main number is 1-800-375-5283. See this link for more information.Continue Reading
USCIS has introduced a proactive initiative to help educate individuals on how to avoid scams in the immigration law community. All too often those in need of advice and legal assistance seek the help of so called “experts” who are not licensed to practice law, and those individuals in turn suffer heavy consequences. From deportation, to unnecessary fees and processing delays, the pitfalls of these scams are devastating. USCIS has included online educational resources to help recognize these scams and how […]Continue Reading
Useful I-9 resources for employers! – USCIS has launched a new (and free!) online resource center called “I-9 Central” to help employers navigate the ins and outs of the most frequently downloaded (and possibly most complicated) form on USCIS.gov, the I-9, Employee Eligibility Verification form. The tool includes a step-by-step of how to complete the form, common mistakes, FAQs and customer support. Click the attached link to see I-9 Central. I-9 CentralContinue Reading
Foreign Students Alert – Students who travel abroad during a cap-gap extension period may not return in F-1 status. They will not be able to return to the U.S. until they obtain an H-1B visa stamp at a consular post abroad. Therefore, the earliest they might reenter is 10 days prior October 1, 2011, and should plan to travel accordingly. For Q&A’s regarding this issue, click on the attached link. USCIS Q&AsContinue Reading