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The Department of State has revised the DV-2019 Diversity Visa (a.k.a. “green card”) lottery dates. The new dates for submission for this year’s lottery must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Previously, the DV-2019 lottery was open starting October 3, 2017; however, due to a system glitch, any entries submitted between October 3, 2017 and October 10, 2017 are void and a new submission is required under the new timeline.
Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form […]
USCIS has just officially confirmed as of today, October 3, 2017, they have reinstated the premium processing service for all types of H-1B petitions. Petitions filed under the premium processing service are given a response by USCIS within 15 calendar days. Similarly, pending “regular processing” H-1B petitions can be “upgraded” to premium processing service.
Caution: Avoid the Premium Processing Rush
We would like to caution our readers and clients to avoid rushing to file premium processing cases just because the service is available. Due to the pent-up demand for premium processing cases over the last few months, we expect a significant […]
Nonimmigrant Status 30/60 Day Rule Amended to Impose Stricter Requirements for “Inconsistent Conduct”
The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) has amended a section of the Field Adjudicators Manual (“FAM”) which pertains to government officials’ determinations of misrepresentation by applicants and specifically with respect to activities permitted in the U.S. on nonimmigrant visas. 9 FAM 302.9-4(B)(3) has been amended to include a section called “Inconsistent Conduct Within 90 Days of Entry” and which creates a presumption of misrepresentation by a foreign national for certain conduct within 90 days of entering the U.S. This amendment replaces the prior 30/60 day rule.
What is “Inconsistent Conduct Within 90 Days of Entry”?
The new section allows an immigration […]
USCIS continues to add types of H-1B petitions for which the premium processing service is being reinstated. On September 18, 2017, USCIS announced that they are reinstating premium processing for pending H-1B cap petitions.
Background of the H-1B Premium Processing Service Suspension
Effective April 3, 2017, USCIS suspended the premium processing service for all H-1B petitions and for a period of “up to six months.” This suspension was very broad: petitioners were not able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for any H-1B petition – including amendments, extensions, “transfers”, […]