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Appeals Court Creates Right of I-140 Revocation Notice to New AC21 Sponsor Employer

In an August 3, 2016 opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that in situations where beneficiaries of I-140 petition have ported their I-485 adjustment of status application to a new employer pursuant to the AC21 portability provisions, USCIS is required to provide a notice of [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:04+00:00 August 18th, 2016|AOS, Employers, I-140, I-485, News|

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|

February 2016 Visa Bulletin – Filing Cutoff Dates Remain Largely Unchanged; Very Gradual Movement in the Approval Dates; EB-2 India Advances by Seven Months

The U.S. State Department has just released the February 2016 Visa Bulletin which is the fifth Visa Bulletin for the FY2016 fiscal year. The major headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the lack of any substantive movement in the Filing cutoff dates section of the Visa Bulletin, possibly [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:07+00:00 January 8th, 2016|AOS, Articles, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

December 2015 Visa Bulletin – Filing Cutoff Dates Remain Unchanged; Very Gradual Movement in the Approval Dates

The U.S. State Department has just released the December 2015 Visa Bulletin which is the third Visa Bulletin for the new FY2016 fiscal year. The major headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the lack of any movement whatsoever in the Filing cutoff dates section of the Visa Bulletin, [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:08+00:00 November 9th, 2015|AOS, DOS, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

National Visa Center No Longer Requires Original Civil Documents

In an important (and surely welcome by many) announcement, the National Visa Center (NVC) has announced that as of November 12, 2014, they would no longer start requiring and collecting original civil documents in support of immigrant visa (green card) cases.     Most applicants will simply need to submit photocopies of the applicable required civil documents [...]

By | 2014-11-14T10:16:09+00:00 November 14th, 2014|AOS, Articles, News, Visa Processing|

USCIS Clarifies Eligibility and Timelines for Filing I-485 for Diversity Visa Lottery Selectees

In a memorandum dated August 9, 2013, USCIS has released guidance and clarifications pertaining to the options and timelines for Diversity Visa (DV) selectees who choose to process their green card from within the U.S. by filing I-485, Application to Adjust Status.   The memo seeks to provide clarification to those DV selectees who choose to [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:31+00:00 August 22nd, 2013|AOS, Articles, I-485, News, USCIS, Visa Bulletin|

FY2011 Employment-Based Visas Limit Reached: No New Green Card Approvals Until October 1

The Department of State ("DOS"), in an "urgent" alert dated as of September 15, 2011, has advised that due to heavy demand in the employment-based immigrant visa categories, DOS has reached the Fiscal Year 2011 annual limit of employment-based green cards. DOS/USCIS to Stop Approving EB Immigrant Visas Until October 1 As a result of [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:48:10+00:00 September 15th, 2011|AOS, Articles, I-485, News, Visa Processing|

Employment-based I-485 Adjustment of Status Inventory

USCIS has released a schedule of the inventory of pending employment-based Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status.   The statistics are very recent - as of January 5, 2011 - and are very helpful to understanding the relative queue positions for employment-based adjustment of status applicants. How Can I Determine My Place in the AOS Queue? [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:48:27+00:00 January 20th, 2011|AOS, Articles, News, Visa Bulletin|