U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) have teamed up to allow eligible foreign workers to apply for both an employment authorization document (EAD) and a Social Security number (SSN) using one new Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Previously, applicants had to file Form I-765 with USCIS to obtain their EAD, and then visit their local Social Security office in person and complete additional paperwork to get their SSN […]Continue Reading
USCIS Policy Guidance on H-1B Master’s Cap Exemption
This May, USCIS issued an important policy memorandum about the H-1B master’s cap exemption. In order to qualify for the exemption, the institution granting your master’s degree must be considered a US institution of higher education, as defined by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), at the time you received your master’s degree. If the institution is qualified after your graduation date, you are not eligible for the master’s cap exemption and must enter the general H-1B […]Continue Reading
Wondering How the New Employment-based Adjustment of Status Interview Requirement Will Affect You?
On August 28, USCIS announced that there will be a new requirement for in-person interviews for employment-based Adjustment of Status cases that were filed after March 6, 2017. This new requirement will be effective starting October 1. Since the 1990s, most of the employment-based Adjustment of Status cases have been adjudicated without interviews. This new requirement was made in reaction to the president’s Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the […]Continue Reading
Do You Know the Current Processing Time for Your Case?
We encourage our clients and readers to please check the approximate processing times published by USCIS for certain petitions and applications. Although these are only approximate times, they can help you plan better, including postponing or cancelling travel plans; planning for a new hire or a new job; and/or applying for a driver’s license. With a caveat, the actual processing times can be longer (and in some unique and welcomed situations slightly faster) than those […]Continue Reading
Alert: Requests for Additional Evidence for H-1B Petitions
Imagine winning a coveted lottery. You are over the moon… and then someone threatens to take your deserved, well-documented, and legally required win away. This is what is happening to many employers and foreign nationals that were fortunate to be selected under the H-1B lottery petitions – now, USCIS has been widely using Requests for Additional Evidence (RFE) and Notices of Intent to Deny on thousands of those petitions. These types of policies don’t just […]Continue Reading
New Green Card Requirement for Applicants Will Lead to Massive Backlogs
On October 1, 2017, USCIS will start in-person interviews for employment-based green card applicants, which is something that has not been done in over a decade. Due to the change, there will be much longer wait times to finalize the employment-based green card process. But the consequences go much further than that. The policy change is expected to impact all people applying for permanent residence status, leading to massive green card processing backlogs, and possibly […]Continue Reading