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What is I-485 Supplement J and How to Properly Prepare and Use it?

Earlier this year USCIS introduced a new Form I-485 Supplement J which is being used in connection with filings of new I-485 applications to adjust status or for porting of existing and pending I-485 applications to a new employer or a new job.   The purpose of I-485 Supplement J is to provide a confirmation [...]

By | 2017-06-22T12:36:58+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|AC21, Articles, I-485, News|

I-140 EAD/Job Portability Final Rule Released – Analysis and Overview of the Upcoming Changes and System Fixes

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has just released the final text (also copy of Federal Register version) of the rule seeking to improve certain aspects of the employment-based immigration system.  The new rule seeks to implement certain changes to the non-immigrant and immigrant visas in order to better allow US [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:03+00:00 November 17th, 2016|AC21, I-140, News, News Alert|

October 2016 Visa Bulletin – USCIS to Accept Filing Dates Category for I-485 Filings

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) has just announced that for the month of October 2016 they will honor and accept I-485 Adjustment of Status applications based on the Filing Dates (and not only on the Final Action dates) category from the October 2016 Visa Bulletin.    See USCIS’s announcement. What [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:04+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|AC21, Articles, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

USCIS Issues a Multitude of RFEs on Pending I-485 Applications

Many of our clients and readers are already aware of the move by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) to issue what are hundreds, or perhaps even thousands, of very similar, if not identical, requests for evidence (“RFE”) on pending employment-based primary Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status, cases (mostly [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:07+00:00 January 31st, 2016|AC21, AOS, Articles, I-485, News|

USCIS Issues a Flood of RFEs on Pending I-485 Applications

Many of our clients and readers are already aware of the move by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) to issue what are hundreds, or perhaps even thousands, of very similar, if not identical, requests for evidence (“RFE”) on pending employment-based primary Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status, cases.    Our office has been receiving such [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:19+00:00 May 28th, 2014|AC21, Articles, EB-2, I-485, News|

Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependents – Analysis of Proposed Rule

Last week we reported on the announcement of the proposed rule which would allow certain H-4 dependent spouses to apply for and obtain work authorization.     Our article generated tremendous interest and feedback from clients and readers but at that time we did not have the actual proposed rule so we could not answer any specific [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:21+00:00 May 15th, 2014|AC21, Articles, H-1B, News|

USCIS Proposes Rules Allowing Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Spouses

Over the past few weeks (and months, really), there has been some chatter about a possible change in the regulations to allow certain H-4 spouses to apply for and obtain work authorization.   In a press release today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that the proposed rules are to be published for review [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:21+00:00 May 6th, 2014|AC21, Articles, H-1B, News|

Visa Bulletin Predictions and Comments by Charles Oppenheim – EB-2 India to Advance, Finally (April 2014)

On behalf of our clients and readers we are always trying to obtain any reliable information on the movements in the cutoff dates for the upcoming Visa Bulletins.    The best source of this information is the Mr. Charles Oppenheim who is the Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at the U.S. Department of [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:22+00:00 April 29th, 2014|AC21, Articles, EB-2, EB-3, I-485, News, Visa Bulletin|

February 2013 Visa Bulletin – EB-2 India Remains Unchanged at September 1, 2004

The U.S. State Department has just released the February 2013 Visa Bulletin which is the fifth Visa Bulletin for the FY2013 fiscal year.   The major headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the lack of movement (again) in EB-2 India.   Many have been looking forward to this Visa Bulletin in order to gauge [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:42+00:00 January 10th, 2013|AC21, Articles, EB-2, EB-3, I-485, News, Visa Bulletin|

Rules Governing I-485 Portability to a New Employer Under AC21

With many applicants filing (or having filed) adjustment of status (I-485) applications, mainly in the EB-2 India and China categories, and due to the fact that there are many I-485 applicants who are hoping to switch jobs, our office has handled numerous AC21 green card porting cases.   Many I-485 filers have or will soon be [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:47+00:00 October 1st, 2012|AC21, Articles, I-485, News|