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USCIS Expands Acceptance of Credit Card Payments
February 20, 2018

On February 14, 2018, USCIS announced that it will accept credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover) for 41 additional forms, including the I-485 Application for Adjustment of Status, and I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. Foreign nationals using credit cards will be ...

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Immigrant Visa Services/PERM
February 6, 2018

While the green card process can be long and complex, Erickson Immigration Group (EIG) has implemented a streamlined process designed to make the client experience simple and stress-free.  The EIG attorney will work directly with the foreign national through the entire process and will implement the ...

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USCIS to Require In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based Green Card Process Starting October 1
August 28, 2017

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 ...

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April 2015 Visa Bulletin Released
March 13, 2015

  April 2015 Visa Bulletin Released The U.S. Department of State has released the April 2015 Visa Bulletin. The April 2015 Visa Bulletin can be summarized as follows: EB-1 All countries remain current. EB-2 Persons in the EB-2 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off ...

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January 2015 Visa Bulletin Released
December 9, 2014

The U.S. Department of State has released the January 2015 Visa Bulletin. The January 2015 Visa Bulletin can be summarized as follows: EB-1 All countries remain current. EB-2 Persons in the EB-2 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of February 1, 2010.  ...

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EIG Week in Review (Nov 21, 2014)
November 21, 2014

Highlights UPDATE: President Obama Announces Executive Action on U.S. Immigration U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Temporary Protected Status Designations for Countries Affected by Ebola U.S. Embassies Report Technical Difficulties and Expect Delays in Visa Processing During Holiday Season Australia Increases Length of Stay for Temporary Work Visas with Strong Business Justification Canada ...

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EIG Special News Alert
November 21, 2014

President Obama Announces Executive Action on Immigration Reform November 20, 2014.  President Obama announced his changes to the immigration system tonight in a primetime address to the nation.  These changes will take affect through executive action.  President Obama’s turn to executive action comes after the comprehensive ...

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EIG Week in Review (Nov 14, 2014)
November 14, 2014

Highlights UPDATE: President Obama Expected to Announce Executive Action on U.S. Immigration Reform Processing Delays in Malaysia for Employment, Dependent, and Professional Visit Passes Mercosur Visa to Colombia No Longer Available for Venezuelan Nationals UPDATE: President Obama Expected to Announce Executive Action on U.S. Immigration Reform  As an update to our previous ...

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EIG Week in Review (Nov 7, 2014)
November 7, 2014

Highlights UPDATE: President Obama Promises Executive Action on U.S. Immigration Reform U.S. Tightens Screening Measures for Visa Exempt Visitors UPDATE: Canada Increases Planned Level of Admissions for Permanent Residents in 2015 New Immigration Study Shows that EU Migrants Have Made a Net Contribution to the British Economy UPDATE: President Obama ...

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EIG Week in Review (Oct 10, 2014)
October 10, 2014

Highlights November 2014 Visa Bulletin Brings Significant Retrogression for EB-2 India New Reporting Requirement for Russian Employers of Highly Qualified Specialist Workers Canada Extends CAN+ Program to Mexico and Brazil Singaporean Long-Term Visit Passes Applications Under Greater Scrutiny for Unmarried Couples BALCA Ruling Prompts DOL to Reconsider Select PERM Denials November 2014 Visa ...

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November 2014 Visa Bulletin Released
October 9, 2014

The U.S. Department of State has released the November 2014 Visa Bulletin.  EB-2 India retrogressed significantly, falling from November 15, 2009 back to February 15, 2005. The November 2014 Visa Bulletin can be summarized as follows: EB-1 All countries remain current. EB-2 Persons in the EB-2 category and born in ...

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EIG Week in Review (Oct 3, 2014)
October 3, 2014

Highlights UPDATE:  Indian Prime Minister Announces Visa-on-Arrival Program for U.S. Citizens and Changes to OCI/PIO Program FY2015 H-1B Employees Now Subject to FICA Central American Children Eligible to Apply for Refugee Status Deferred Enforced Departure Extended for Eligible Liberians in the U.S. UPDATE:  Indian Prime Minister Announces Visa-on-Arrival Program for ...

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EIG Week in Review (Sept 26, 2014)
September 26, 2014

Highlights U.S. FY2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Opens October 1, 2014 UPDATE: Application Forms Available Soon for Newly-Reformed Irish Employment Permits India Considering Extending Visa-on-Arrival Program to U.S. Citizens Australia Reconsiders Changes to Visa Categories and Fees French Lawmakers Propose Employment-Based Immigration Reforms U.S. FY2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Opens October 1, 2014 Beginning October 1, ...

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October 2014 Visa Bulletin Released
September 9, 2014

The U.S. Department of State has released the October 2014 Visa Bulletin.  There was significant movement in the EB-3 China category, which jumped 5 months.  The EB-3 categories for the worldwide quota, Mexico, and the Philippines each progressed from April 1, 2011 to October 1, ...

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EIG Week in Review (Aug 15, 2014)
August 15, 2014

Highlights September 2014 Visa Bulletin Released CBP Launches Mobile Passport Control App E-Verify System Improvements China Conducting Health Inspections of Certain Foreign Travelers Saudi Arabia Requiring Employers to Provide Health Insurance for Foreign Workers September 2014 Visa Bulletin Released As announced earlier this week, the U.S. Department of State has released the September 2014 ...

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September 2014 Visa Bulletin Released
August 12, 2014

The U.S. Department of State has released the September 2014 Visa Bulletin.  The most movement took place in the EB-2 India category, which progressed from January 22, 2009 to May 1, 2009, and the EB-3 Philippines category, which jumped from June 1, 2010 to April ...

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EIG Week in Review (July 11, 2014)
July 25, 2014

Highlights Malaysia to Become Member of U.S. Visa Waiver Program August 2014 Visa Bulletin Released Canadian CAN+ Program Now Available for Indian Nationals Taiwan Proposes Amendments to Employment Immigration Laws Malaysia to Become Member of U.S. Visa Waiver Program After a series of successful negotiations between President Barack Obama, Prime Minister ...

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August 2014 Visa Bulletin Released
July 8, 2014

The U.S. Department of State has released the August 2014 Visa Bulletin.  Notably, the EB-3 China priority date jumped more than 2 years, from October 1, 2006 to November 1, 2008, and EB-2 India progressed from September 1, 2008 to January 22, 2009. The August 2014 ...

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EIG Week in Review (May 30, 2014)
June 23, 2014

Highlights Singapore Introduces New Advertising Obligations for Employment Pass Sponsors U.S. Department of State Halts the Issuance of Visa Numbers for China EB-3 Cases  USCIS Announces New Form I-693 Medical Exam Policy Updated U.S. Visa Procedures Implemented in Japan Singapore Introduces New Advertising Obligations for Employment Pass Sponsors Effective August 1, ...

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June 2014 Visa Bulletin Released
May 7, 2014

The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for June 2014.  Philippines EB-3 saw the most progression, advancing by 61 days.  The most notable movement, however, was the China EB-3 retrogression of 6 years. India EB-2 remains at November 15, 2004 and China EB-2 ...

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May 2014 Visa Bulletin Released
April 9, 2014

The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for May 2014.  Philippines EB-3 saw the most movement, advancing by 139 days.  India EB-2 remains at November 15, 2004 and China EB-3 remains at October 1, 2012. EB-1 All countries remain current. EB-2 Persons in the EB-2 ...

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EIG Week in Review (March 7, 2014)
March 21, 2014

Highlights April 2014 Visa Bulletin Released Chile Newest Participant in Visa Waiver Program UK Increases Salaries for Tier 2 Skilled Workers Israeli Labor Strike Derails Visa Processing April 2014 Visa Bulletin Released The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for April 2014.  With the exception of India EB-2 and ...

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EIG Week in Review (Feb 7, 2014)
February 7, 2014

Highlights March 2014 Visa Bulletin Released USCIS to Begin Conducting Site Visits for L-1 Petitions Major Changes Expected to South Africa's Immigration Policy Romania Honors Schengen Visas for Short-Stay Visitors India to Require New Visa for Foreign Conference Participants Canada Implements New Work Visa Application Fees and Processing March 2014 Visa Bulletin Released The ...

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EIG Week in Review (Dec 13, 2013)
December 13, 2013

Highlights January 2014 Visa Bulletin Released USCIS Announces Approval of 10,000 U Visas for 5th Consecutive Fiscal Year Taiwan Unofficially Changes Re-Entry Permit Requirements for Alien Residents "Parole in Place" Policy Implemented for U.S. Military Family Members January 2014 Visa Bulletin Released The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa ...

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December 2013 Visa Bulletin Released
December 5, 2013

EB-2 India Retrogresses to November 15, 2004; EB-2 World-Wide, Mexico, and Philippines Current The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for December 2013.  Below is a recap of the December bulletin movement: EB-1 All countries remain current. EB-2 Persons in the EB-2 category and born in China are current ...

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EIG Week in Review (Oct 25, 2013)
October 25, 2013

Highlights Immigration Filings Post-Shutdown  Updates Regarding Consular Processing Post-DOMA FY2014 Visa Bulletin Predictions from DOS Chief Charles Oppenheim Immigration Filings Post-Shutdown In light of the U.S. federal government resuming operations, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a statement, noting if the H-1B petitioner submits evidence establishing that the ...

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Predictions on FY2014 Visa Bulletin from DOS Chief Charles Oppenheim
October 24, 2013

At an AILA dinner on October 23, 2013, Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at the U.S. Department of State, spoke with D.C. Chapter members and guests about upcoming visa category numbers, predictions, and expectations.  Among the mixture of cheering and ...

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November 2013 Visa Bulletin Released
October 10, 2013

EB-2 China now at October 8, 2008; EB-3 World-Wide, EB-3 China, and EB-3 Mexico now at October 1, 2010 The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for November 2013.  Below is a recap of the November bulletin movement: EB-1 All countries remain current. EB-2 Persons in the EB-2 ...

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August 2013 Visa Bulletin Released: EB-2 India now at January 1, 2008; F2A is Current
August 27, 2013

The US Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for August 2013. As predicted at the AILA National Conference two weeks ago, the biggest news is the jump for EB-2 India...to January 1, 2008.  Additionally noteworthy is F2A being current (spouses and children of permanent residents). Below ...

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USCIS Begins Issuing Boilerplate I-485 RFEs In Anticipation of Visa Bulletin Movement for EB-2 India in August/September
August 27, 2013

Earlier this month, the Department of State announced that we are likely to see movement in the August/September Visa Bulletin for EB-2 India, a category that has been stuck at September 1, 2004 for the entire 2013 fiscal year. In November 2011, India EB-2 began advancing, ...