Due to an exceptionally high number of employment-based immigrant visas available in the EB-1 and EB-2 categories during this fiscal year (October 2021 – September 2022), the USCIS urges eligible applicants (professionals with advanced degrees or with exceptional ability) to consider requesting a transfer of their pending adjustment of status application from EB-3 to the […]

The H-1B lottery process will open at noon ET on March 1, 2022. Prospective H-1B cap-subject petitioners or their representatives are required to use a myUSCIS online account to electronically register each intended beneficiary for the lottery selection process. The lottery registration fee is $10 per beneficiary. Registration is expected to continue through noon Eastern […]

The Department of State has extended the waiver of the in-person interview requirement for certain temporary nonimmigrant visa applicants, including F, M, and academic J visas and certain H-1, H-2, H-3, H-4, L, O, P, and Q with approved petitions. To qualify, applicants must be either : I. Applicants renewing any visa within 48 months of expiration; and […]

USCIS Grants Qualified Foreign Entrepreneurs 30 Months to: 1) Enter the US;   2) Found Start-ups; and 3) Prove Successful OR Secure Funding for Growth and Expansion   The USA, as a country, has always encouraged entrepreneurship and innovation. As a result, several successful entrepreneurs have emerged, many of whom are immigrants. The Biden administration has […]

On April 27, 2021, the USCIS issued policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual instructing officers to give deference to prior determinations when adjudicating extension requests involving the same parties and same material facts. The policy change comes in response to President Joe Biden’s executive order, Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening […]

In an effort to provide more time for USCIS to train staff and perform public outreach as well as give stakeholders time to adjust to the new rule which gives priority in the H-1B selection process to “higher-salaried positions”, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it will delay the effective date of […]