Monthly Determination of Employment Preference Cut-Off Dates

Did you ever wonder how visa availability is calculated or why India and China are so backlogged in recent years? Each month the Department of State Visa Office subdivides the annual preference and foreign state limitations specified by the Immigration and Nationality Act into monthly allotments based on the total qualified immigrant visa applicants reported at consular posts and USCIS offices,...
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President Obama’s Proposals to Fix Our Immigration System

Today, President Obama released a fact sheet that includes proposals he believes should be included in commonsense immigration reform.  This comes on the heels of an immigration reform plan agreed to by a bi-partisan group of Senators yesterday. Could immigration reform really happen this time around?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it’s encouraging to see our politicians finally making...
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Immigration Newsletter – January 2013

Our law firm just released our first immigration newsletter of 2013! The topics covered include: FY2014 H-1B Filings to Begin April 1, 2003 Work Authorization for H-4 Dependents? USCIS Releases FAQ – How to Apply for the I-601A Provisional Waiver DOS Releases February 2013 Visa Bulletin DHS Extends TPS for Sudan and S. Sudan US Mission in Mexico Expands Business Facilitation Program...
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February 2013 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its February  2013 Visa Bulletin.  The Visa Bulletin sets forth per country priority dates that regulate the ability of an individual to file an adjustment of status application or consular process at a U.S. Embassy.  Foreign nationals can file the adjustment application if their priority dates are prior to the cutoff dates specified by the DOS in...
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USCIS Unable to Resume Adoption Processing from Fiji

On August 1, 2012, Fiji joined the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). However, the Department of State (State) has determined that Fiji does not yet have a fully functional convention process in place. State consular officers cannot certify that adoption decrees or custody orders obtained in Fiji for a child...
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