The Department of State has updated application forms for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to include requests for additional information, including emails, phone numbers, and social media identifiers. Applicants must now submit any usernames used on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, Weibo, and other social media over the past 5 years. Previously, this information was only sought in situations where additional scrutiny was warranted, such as with individuals who traveled to terrorist-controlled areas. We believe that […]Continue Reading
Why the Huge Processing Delays?
Nationwide millions of employers and people applying for work visas and green cards are waiting longer than ever for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process and approve applications and petitions. Five years ago, an average case took about five months to process. By fiscal year 2018, that same employer waited nearly 10 months. Today, that wait can be 10 months to a year. Many factors are slowing down cases, including new USCIS’ policies […]Continue Reading
Unfortunately, some new H-1B petitions will not be accepted this year or might not get approved. I explore the options beyond the H-1B with my clients. But I’m so passionate about helping our clients achieve their immigration goals that I took the time to write a book about it. My book, Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, is designed to help readers understand the most […]Continue Reading
Thankfully, after overcoming the RFEs and delays, we are getting approvals and every one is relieved. As we receive approvals, clients often asked, “What is next? Now what?” In this PDF guide, we share answers to the FAQs about your new status and related issues. Download the PDFContinue Reading
Summary of 2017’s Major Immigration Policy Changes
The current administration has set a goal of slowing down the legal immigration process to achieve a reduction in immigration and arguably protect US jobs. As a result, last year saw its fair share of policy upheavals, including: Three successive travel bans; The six-month suspension of premium processing for all H-1B petitions, including those counted against the annual H-1B cap; The unprecedented Level Wage 1 H-1B visa requests for further evidence (RFEs), which has led […]Continue Reading