EIG Dispatch | September 19, 2017

USCIS News: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing Service for H-1B Cap Cases / USCIS Adopts Final Action Dates Chart (Chart A) for Employment Based Green Cards DC Insights: Upcoming Closure of U.S./Tijuana Border Crossing Headlines: UK Requires Original Documents for Tier 2 and Tier 4 Applications in India Feature Story: FAQs on US Visa Interviews Latest USCIS News  USCIS Resumes Premium Processing […]

EIG Dispatch | September 12, 2017

Feature Story: Teachers Would Slip Through Cracks of New Immigration Plan Upcoming Webinar: “We Need To Talk: Catching Up On The Past Months Key Immigration Developments” USCIS News: USCIS Closes Offices Due to Hurricanes Harvey & Irma DC Insights: Government Funding Extended Headlines: Germany Gives New Options for Intra Company Transfer Status/  Modified Visitor Registration for Chennai/ UK Brexit- Draft Policy Paper […]

Special Alert: October 2017 Visa Bulletin Released

Today, the U.S. Department of State released the October 2017 Visa Bulletin. As predicted, EB-1 India and China will revert back to being current, and EB-2 Worldwide, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the Philippines will be current again with the beginning of the new fiscal year on October 1, 2017. In addition, the EB-3 China category will advance significantly, moving […]

EIG Dispatch | September 5, 2017

Feature Story: Trump Administration Rescinds DACA USCIS News: USCIS Offers Immigration Services for Hurricane Harvey DC Insights: J-1 Program May be Scaled Back / Congress in Session Headlines: Japan New Permanent Residency Guidelines Feature Story: Trump Administration Rescinds DACA – Current DACA Beneficiaries Must Now Look to Congress Today, the Trump administration, through Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announced it is […]

Today the U.S. Takes a Step Backwards with Trump’s Move to End DACA

Today, the Trump administration fulfilled its campaign pledge to repeal DACA, allowing the President to make a grand gesture to his core supporters, at the expense of 800,000 children and young adults. During a press conference today at 11am EST, President Trump, through U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announced that DACA will be rescinded, and […]

Settlement Reached in Travel Ban Case Now Allows Individuals Denied Entry to Reapply for Visas

After months of litigation, a settlement agreement was reached yesterday in the case of Darweesh et al. vs. Trump, one of the key cases in the ongoing litigation over the travel ban. The case stemmed from President Trump’s first executive order issued on January 27, 2017, where the plaintiff, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, an Iraqi national, […]

EIG Dispatch | August 29, 2017

USCIS News: USCIS Houston Closures / USCIS Prevailing Wage Challenges / AP Applications and International Travel DC Insights: U.S. Government Shutdown over Border Wall Funding / 9th Circuit Hears Arguments over Travel Ban Headlines: Thailand Introduces Smart Visa / Closures of U.S. Consulates for Eid-Al-Adha Feature Story: USCIS to Require in Person Interviews for Employment-Based Green Cards The Latest […]

USCIS to Require In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based Green Card Process Starting October 1

On Friday (August 25th), a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) spokesperson confirmed that, starting October 1, 2017, in-person interviews will be required for certain immigrants adjusting status from an employment-based visa (e.g.: H-1B, TN, L-1B) to that of a lawful permanent resident. Context This in-person interview requirement is not completely new. It is currently […]

EIG Dispatch | August 22, 2017

Op-Ed from the Desk of Robert Taylor DC Insights: NIV Visa Services in Russia Suspended / NAFTA Renegotiations / Rising H-1B Salaries / Senator Flake Op-Ed Feature Story: Continue to be Great DC Insights: What We Learned in the Past 7 Days U.S. Temporarily Suspending NIV Visa Services in Russia.  Beginning August 23, 2017, all nonimmigrant visa […]