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Archive XXIVD

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07/30/2016: Advisory for Stakeholders of Expanded Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Reform of the Obama Administration

07/30/2016: USCIS "Proposed" Revision of I-601A Form and Instruction to Incorporate "Expanded Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver" Rule

07/29/2016: Extension and Redesignation of Syria for TPS Through 03/31/2018 [Updated 08/01/2016]

07/28/2016: USCIS Extreme Hardship Policy Guidance Notice to Finalize in the Near Future

07/28/2016: Effective 08/29/2016, Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Proceeding Will be Expanded to Spouses and Parents of LPRs

07/27/2016: USCIS Reminds 2012 DACA Rule Still in Effect Regardless of Ill-Fated "Expanded" DACA/DAPA Programs Post SCOTUS Decision

07/27/2016: USCIS Updates Policy Manual for Guidance on Effective Date of Permanent Residence for the Purpose of Naturalization Application

07/26/2016: No Exciting Reports of September and October 2016 India EB-2 Visa Cut-Off Date Movement Predictions

07/26/2016: USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Session is Open for Participated In Person as Well as in Teleconference on August 2, 2:00-4:00 PM, Tuesday

07/24/2016: Dynamics of 2016 Presidential Election Involving American White Working Class, and Prospects for Immigration Reforms

07/23/2016: How to Determine "Overdue" of One's Petition/Application Processing and Available Recources to Address to the USCIS for the Delays?

07/23/2016: OFLC Releases PERM, PWD, H-2A and H-2B Applications Disclosure Data Through 06/30/2016

07/22/2016: DOL PERM Program in FY 2016 (10/01/2015-09/30/2016)

07/22/2016: DOL ICERT System Outage from 9:55 p.m.This Evening to Noon Tomorrow

07/21/2016: Ombudsman Office Recap of Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Teleconference of 06/16/2016

07/21/2016: DHS Ombudsman 2016 Annual Report to Congress of June 28, 2016 and Webinar 07/28/2016

07/18/2016: Obama Administration Files Petition for Rehearing of Expanded DACA/DAPA Decision by the SCOTUS

07/18/2016: USCIS Extends Mandate of Use of New N-400 Form from 08/09/2016 to 10/01/2016

07/16/2016: USCIS August 2016 Family-Based I-485 Final Action Date Chart Corrected in Three Areas

07/15/2016: House Judiciary Committee Hearing of 07/06/2016 on "Assessing the Obama Years: OIRA (OMB) and Regulatory Impacts on Jobs, Wages and Economic Recovery"

07/15/2016: USCIS Timely Corrected August EB-485 Final Action Date Chart to Match with DOS Visa Bulletin

07/14/2016: USCIS Updates Processing Times 07/14/2016

07/14/2016: Conflict of EB-1 Final Action Date Charts for India & China Between the State Department Visa Bulletin and the USCIS Chart for August 2016

07/14/2016: Disappointing USCIS August New I-485 Filing Availability Cut-Office Dates for Both Family-Based and Employment-Based Immigration

07/11/2016: USCIS Alert for Reach of EB-4 Visa Limits Reached for Special Immigrants from India in August Visa Bulletin and Guidance

07/11/2016: September FB-2A and FB-3 Retrogression Prediction of the State Department

07/11/2016: Oversubscription of EB-2 for Worldwide, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Philippines in August Visa Bulletin

07/11/2016: August Visa Bulletin

07/11/2016: USCIS Guidance for Filing of TPS and EAD Applications for Eligible El Salvadorans

07/11/2016: Official PERM Processing Times as of 07/10/2016

07/11/2016: OFLC Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times as of 07/10/2016

07/09/2016: Bi-Partisan Restrictive Legislative Bill of H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2016 Introduced in the House on 07/07/2016

07/08/2016: USCIS Completed Returning of Unselected FY-2017 H-1B Cap Lottery Cases

07/07/2016: TPS Designation Extension for El Salvador from 09/10/2016 to 03/09/2018

07/06/2016: Reported Potential Threat of Canadian Postal Strike or Lockout as Early as Friday, July 8, 2016

07/06/2016: OFLC Alert of Use of "New MSA Definitions" in the New OES/SOC Data Effective 07/01/2016

07/06/2016: New Funding Program for NGOs and Higher Learning Institutions - Countering Violent Extremism Grant Program

07/06/2016: USCIS Webinar on T and U Visas and VAWA Wednesday, July 20, 2016 2 - 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

07/05/2016: CRS FAQ & Analysis of the Supreme Court’s 4-4 Split on Immigration Now and Future

07/02/2016: New Prevailing Wage Data Effective 07/01/2016 thru 06/30/2017

06/29/2016: DACA Application Form Expiring 06/30/2016 and USCIS Submission of Extension of the Form to OMB Without Any Changes on 06/29/2016

06/29/2016: Written testimony of DHS Secretary for a Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing titled “Oversight of the Department of Homeland Security”

06/29/2016: Effective 12/01/2016, No Temporary Visas Needed for Mexicans to Enter Canada? Really?

06/29/2016: H-2A and H-2B Filing Tips Webinar Copy Available

06/29/2016: USCIS Announces That Federal Register Comment Period for Proposed USCIS Fee Schedule is Extended to 07/06/2016

06/29/2016: Unacceptable H-1B Cap Processing Backlog and Required USCIS Action to Implement Electronic Preregistration of H-1B Cap Cases Instead of Paper Filing

06/28/2016: SCOTUS Reportedly Decided to Take Lynch v. Morales-Santana, Civil Case 15-1191 in the Next Term of 2016

06/29/2016: USCIS Teleconference on New Online InfoPass Appointment Scheduler 07/07/2016

06/24/2016: EB-1 Cut-Off Date for China & India in August Visa Bulletin

06/24/2016: Wrap-Up Analysis of What Transfired for Yesterday's SCOTUS Decision and Practical Perspectives of the Fate of Expanded DACA/DAPA Program

06/23/2016: Discouraging News of Potential Delay of PERM Applications Ahead

06/23/2016: Today's SCOTUS Decision and Two Unanswered Questions

06/23/2016: TPS Designation Extension for El Salvador Ready for Publishing

06/23/2016: Today's SCOTUS Decision Likely to Impact Negatively Against Obama Administration's Other Administrative Immigration Reform Efforts

06/23/2016: SCOTUS Decision: 4 to 4 Tie and Expanded DACA/DAPA Lost and Lower Court Decision Stays

06/23/2016: SCOTUS Conference at 10:00 AM This Morning

06/22/2016: I-643 No Longer Required for refugee/Asylee I-485 Proceeding Effective 06/22/2016

06/22/2016: DHS Proposes to Revise Form I-94W and ESTA Requesting Social Medial Identifiers

06/22/2016: Reminder of New Prevailing Data for LCA Effective July 1, 2016

06/20/2016: Official DOL Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times as of 06/20/2016

06/20/2016: Official PERM Processing Times as of 06/20/2016

06/20/2016: No SCOTUS Decision on DACA/DAPA Released Today

06/16/2016: Keep Holding Breathe for SCOTUS DACA Decision

06/14/2016: USCIS Processing Times Update 06/14/2016

06/11/2016: Indian Prime Minister Visit to the U.S. and Immigration-Related Talks as Reflected in the Joint Statement

06/11/2016: OFLC Schedules Webinar on 06/15/2016 on Tips and Tricks to Navigating the OFLC Web Site

06/11/2016: USCIS Intends to Extend TPS Designation for El Salvador

06/10/2016: State Department Reciprocity Updated Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce, Police, Court, Prison Records for Brazil

06/10/2016: USCIS Releases July 2016 FB & EB 485 New Filing Availability Chart=Final Action Date Charts of the July Visa Bulletin

06/09/2016: Effective 07/01/2016, Nebraska Service Center to Begin Processing Certain Form I-918 Cases (U-Visa)

06/09/2016: More SCOTUS Decisions/Opinions Released Without Expanded DACA/DAPA Case

06/09/2016: OFLC Webinar on Employer Filing Tips for Submitting H-2A and H-2B Labor Certification Applications 06/23/2016 2:00PM - 3:30PM EST

06/08/2016: July 2016 Visa Bulletin Released

06/08/2016: Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program Starts Today, 06/08/2016

06/08/2016: More SCOTUS Decisions May be Released Tomorrow Morning

06/08/2016: DHS (USCIS, ICE, CBP, etc) Spring 2016 Semi-Annual Rule-Making Agenda

06/08/2016: DOL (ETA, OFLC, etc) Spring 2016 Semi-Annual Rule-Making Agenda

06/07/2016: USCIS Draft Policy Memorandum 06/07/2016 for Comment on "Signature Requirements on Petitions, Applications, and Other Papers Filed with the USCIS"

06/07/2016: USCIS Clarification on CW-1 Extension of Stay Petitions

06/07/2016: USCIS Customer Tools Outage on Thursday, 06/09/2016 from 9 p.m. - 11:59 p.m. (Eastern).

06/07/2016: USCIS Schedules Teleconference for H-2A and H-2B Programs on 06/29/2016 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 PM (EST)

06/07/2016: USCIS Issues on 06/03/2016 the 3rd Round of Invitations to Apply for the HFRP (Haitian Family Reunification Parole) Program

06/07/2016: Nebraska Service Center Monthly Stakeholder Teleconference 06/09/2016, Thursday

06/06/2016: No Decision (Order) for United States, et al vs Texas, et.al (aka Expanded DACA/DAPA Appeal) by the U.S. Supreme Court Today and This Week

06/03/2016: Removing Current H-1B Processing Backlog Would Take Time, Albeit Less Than One Year

06/03/2016: I-140 EAD Final Rule "Not" Next Week nor Another Week(s)?

06/03/2016: DOL Releases on 06/03/2016 New H-2A FAQ Round 11

06/03/2016: SCOTUS Decisions for This Week and Coming Weeks

06/01/2016: SCOTUS Calendar of October Term 2015 and Soon-to-be-Decided Expanded DACA/DAPA Litigation

05/31/2016: USCIS Releases EB-485 Inventory Data as of April 2016

05/28/2015: Relative Petition I-130 Processing Statestics During 01/01/2016 and 03/31/2016

05/27/2015: Citizenship (Naturalization) N-400 Processing Statistics During 01/01/2016 and 03/31/2016

05/27/2015: Proposed New EAD Category, I-765V, for Abused Nonimmigrant Spouses of A, E-3, G, and H Nonimmigrants

2. Were last admitted to the United States as a nonimmigrant under INA section 101(a)(15)(A), (E)(iii), (G), or (H);
3. Were battered or subjected to extreme cruelty (or your child was battered or subjected to extreme cruelty) perpetrated by your nonimmigrant spouse during the marriage and after admission as a nonimmigrant under INA section 101(a)(15)(A), (E)(iii), (G), or (H); and
4. Currently reside in the United States.

05/26/2015: USCIS Releases on 05/26/2015 P.L. 114-113 Special Fee Web Pages

05/26/2015: What About Processsing Statistics for Other Types of I-485 Applications (Family-Based, Humanitarian, etc)?

05/25/2015: USCIS Teleconference on Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program

05/25/2015: Teleconference with USCIS Director 06/03/2016 on the USCIS Initiatives (Including Employment-Based Immigration Reform?)

05/25/2015: 210-Day Delayed I-129 Extension or Change of Employer May Be Inquired Online

05/20/2016: Approaching SCOTUS Decision on Expanded DACA/DAPA Appeal in June and Unusual Act of District Court Judge Whose Injunction Order on the Line

05/20/2016: Texas Service Center System Maintenance and Status Updates Unavailable Until Monday, 05/23/2016

05/20/2016: USCIS Reaches CW-1 Cap for Fiscal Year 2016

05/20/2016: USCIS Spring 2016 Rule-Making Agenda

05/19/2016: FY 2016 H-2B Cap Reached

05/19/2016: DOL Announces Procedural Change to the Form ETA-9142A, Appendix A for Streamlining of H-2A Process for Agricultural Employers

05/19/2016: Agenda for "Final Rule" Making Process for Modernization of Employment-Based Immigration System, aka I-140 EAD Reform

05/19/2016: Agenda for Implementation of Final Rule of Expanded Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver of Inadmissibility

05/18/2016: FB and EB 485 Filing Date Charts for June 2016

05/17/2016: DOL FY-2016 2nd Quarter (January-March 2016) Disclosure Data

05/17/2016: October 2015 Visa Bulletin Class Action Lawsuit Defeated

05/14/2016: Draft of Revised I-601A Form - Application for Expanded Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

05/14/2016: Continuing Challenge to STEM OPT Program Struck Down & Dismissed by U.S. Court of Appeals in the D.C. Yesterday

05/13/2016: OFLC Chicago NPC Eliminated H-2B Processing Backlogs

05/13/2016: Honduras TPS Designation Extension Through January 5, 2018

05/13/2016: Nicaragua TPS Designation Extension Through January 5, 2018

05/13/2016: USCIS Updates Processing Times 05/12/2016

05/11/2016: USCIS Move Ahead for Final Rule of Expansion of Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility

05/10/2016: USCIS Announces That Employers May Submit Inquiries If Extension of Status/Change of Employer Petition Has Been "Pending for 210 Days or More"

05/10/2016: REAL ID -- Minimum Standards for Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards Acceptable by Federal Agencies for Official Purposes

05/09/2016: NSC Monthly Stakeholder Teleconference on Employment-Based Immigration on 05/12/2016

05/09/2016: USCIS and Department of State Launch e-Approval for H-2A Petitions

05/09/2016: Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Policy Published

05/07/2016: Nicaragua and Honduras TPS Extension Proposals of the USCIS Swiftly Cleared by the White House

05/07/2016: India EB-2 Retrogression in June 2016 and State Department Prediction for the Next Three Months

05/06/2016: Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times as of 05/06/2016

05/06/2016: Official PERM Processing Times as of 05/06/2016

05/06/2016: Expecting or Planning for a New Baby? Check Social Security Administration Record for Top Ten (10) New Baby Names and Other Names for New Babies

05/06/2016: Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Policy of USCIS Effective 06/08/2016

05/05/2016: USCIS H-1B Extension Petition Processing Delays and Issues of Driver License Renewal by State DMVs

05/04/2016: USCIS Explanation of Filing Fee Adjustment Background

05/04/2016: USCIS to Extend TPS for Nicaragua and Honduras

05/04/2016: Obama Immigration Action for LPR Family Reunification Reform: "I-601A Benefit Expansion to Unlawful Present Immediate Relatives of LPRs"

05/03/2016: Overdue Congrats to USCIS for Winning Igniting Innovation Award

05/03/2016: USCIS "Proposed" New Filing Fees

05/03/2016: USCIS to Release a Notice for Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Policy Soon

05/02/2016: Implication of H-1B Cap Data Entry Completion Announcement

05/02/2016: USCIS Completes Data Entry of FY 2017 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions and Starts Returning Unselected Cases

05/02/2016: State Department New Policy: Revoke Nonimmigrant Visa on DUI "Arrest"

05/01/2016: Congressional Research Service Report of Changing EB-5 Immigrant Visa/Green Card Policies and Statistics

04/29/2016: Korean "Judo" Athlete Recognized as EB-1A "Extraordinary Worker" Immigrant Petition W/O Olympic Gold Medal on AAO Appeal

04/29/2016: USCIS Chicago Lockbox Extends its Hours and Accept EB-4 Based I-485 Applications for El Salvador, Guatemala & Honduras T'll 3:30 PM, Central Time, 04/30/2016, Saturday

04/29/2016: USCIS Updates Processing Times Reports 04/28/2016

04/29/2016: Imporatant ECFMG Reminder for International Medical Graduates: IMGs Participating in 2017 Match Should Apply for Step 2 CS Now

04/29/2016: ICE Releases on 04/29/2016 Quarterly International Student Data

04/29/2016: OFLC PERM Performance Change in FY 2015

04/28/2016: DV-2017 Immigration Lottery and Time to Check Winners Beginning from Noon 05/03/2016 EST

04/28/2016: USCIS Workload Transfers and Things Petitioners or Applicants Should Know

04/28/2016: Without Publicity, USCIS Expanded Monthly Processing Times Report Systems

04/27/2016: USCIS Offers Immigration Relief for People Affected by Natural Disasters Including Recent Severe Earthquakes in Ecuador, Japan and Burma

04/26/2016: USCIS Published the Revised N-400 and Posted on 04/13/2016

04/25/2016: Hard Copy H-1B Cap Receipt Notices for Regular Non-Premium Bachelor Degree Cases in the Mail

04/22/2016: FY 2017 H-1B Cap Premium Processing Clock "Starts" on 05/12/2016

04/22/2016: USCIS "Known Employer Pilot" Program

04/22/2016: White House OMB Cleared the USCIS Proposal to Adjust Filing Fees for Immigration Services

04/21/2016: USCIS Memorandum Designating Matter of Z-A-, Inc., Adopted Decision 2016-02 (AAO Apr. 14, 2016)

04/21/2016: USCIS New Workload Transfer Update Page

04/20/2016: USCIS Special Notice for PP H-1B Cap Filers

04/19/2016: NSC Schedules a Teleconfeence 05/12/2016 on Business Immigration issues

04/19/2016: USCIS Releases I-485 Filing Charts in May

04/18/2016: Proposed USCIS New Travel Document Form I-131A for Certain Permanent Residents

04/17/2016: SCOTUS Arguments Tomorrow Not Open to Public Broadcasting, but Recording Will Be Available on 04/22/2016, Friday

04/17/2016: Need for the USCIS to Move on With Compeletion of Rule-Making Process for Modernization of Employment-Based Immigration System Reform

04/15/2016: EB-4 Visa Limits Reached for Special Immigrants From El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras

04/15/2016: SCOTUS Hearing of Arguments Monday, 04/18/2016, and What People Need to Know

04/15/2016: H-1B Regular Cap Lottery Selections

04/14/2016: Alert of iCERT System Outage This Evening for Maintenance

04/12/2016: USCIS Releases FY-2017 H-1B Cap Count at 236,000+

04/12/2016: USCIS Updates Processing Times 04/12/2016

04/12/2016: State Department Prediction of Visa Bulletin Coming Months

04/12/2016: May 2016 Visa Bulletin

04/12/2016: New 11/20/2015 Version of I-140 Form Mandatory Beginning from this Saturday, 04/16/2016

04/12/2016: Indication of U.S. Master Degree H-1B Cap Selection Completed

04/12/2016: Watch New STEM OPT Rule Webinar on 04/14/2016 Thursday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST

04/12/2016: DHS Removes Aliens with Certain International Groups from Excludability of Immigration Benefits on Security Grounds Effective 04/13/2016

04/09/2016: Expanded DACA/DAPA Litigation Expanded Argument Time Motions Granted by the SCOTUS

04/08/2016: H-1B LCA Processing Statistics for Second Quarter (01/01/2016-03/31/2016)

04/08/2016: PERM FY 2016 Second Quarter (01/01/2016-03/31/2016) Performance Report

04/08/2016: H-2A and H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Applications Certified During 01/01/2016 and 03/31/2016

04/07/2016: USCIS Customer Service Tools Unavailable for 3 Hours This Evening from 9:00 pm to 12:00 pm EST

04/07/2016: USCIS Announces H-1B Cap Reached at the End of Today's Business Hour

04/07/2016: DOL Official PERM Processing Times Update as of 04/07/2016

04/06/2016: House Files Brief in Support of Respondents Against the Expanded DACA/DAPA Litigation before SCOTUS

04/05/2016: Expiring I-9 Form and USCIS Notice for Employers to Keep Using Current Form Pending Further Notice

04/05/2016: USCIS Submits Proposed Filing Fee Adjustment Schedules Today to the OMB for Clearance

04/05/2016: Expanded DACA/DAPA Litigation Political Heat Rising Before SCOTUS

04/04/2016: USCIS Releases Valuable Legal Research Materials of AAO Non-Precedent Decisions

04/01/2016: Potential for ETA 9141 (Prevailing Wage Determination) Data Automatically Popped Up When Filing ETA 9089 PERM Application

03/31/2016: FY-2017 H-1B Cap Season Opens on 04/01/2016, Tomorrow

03/30/2016: Full Text of the States Brief Filed Before SCOTUS 03/28/2016 to Sustain the Lower Court's Preliminary Injunction Against Expanded DACA/DAPA Programs

03/29/2016: USCIS Transfers Pending Cases Among Service Centers for the Workload Balance

03/28/2016: ICE Releases New "STEM Designated Degree Program List Effective May 10, 2016" When Revised STEM OPT Rule Takes Effect

03/24/2016: USCIS Updates H-4 EAD Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

03/22/2016: USCIS or Permanent Resident Filipino Veterans May Soon be Able to Unite with Their Family Members in the Philippines on Special Parole Program

03/22/2016: State Department Revised Reciprocity Schedule for Cuba

03/22/2016: State Department Cable for Visa Posts on Guidance on Implementing the H-2B Returning Worker Program

03/21/2016: USCIS Various I-485 Processing Statistics by Types, States, and Approvals/Denials During 10/01/2015-12/31/2015 as Released on 03/21/2016

03/21/2016: USCIS L-1B Processing Statistics in FY-2015 and 1st Quarter 2016 as Released on 03/21/2016

03/21/2016: USCIS Naturalization (N-400) Processsing Statistics in 1st Quarter 2016 as Released on 03/21/2016

03/21/2016: USCIS I-130 Processing Statistics by Types, States, and Approvals/Denials During 10/01/2015-12/31/2015 as Released on 03/21/2016

03/21/2016: USCIS DACA (I-821D) Processing Statistics in 1st Quarter 2016 as Released on 03/21/2016

03/21/2016: USCIS U-Visa (I-918) Processing Statistics in 1st Quarter 2016 as Released on 03/21/2016

03/21/2016: USCIS T-Visa (I-914) Processing Statistics in 1st Quarter 2016 as Released on 03/21/2016

03/21/2016; USCIS Immigrant Investor Visa Processing Statistics in 1st Quarter 2016 as Released on 03/21/2016

03/21/2016: USCIS All Forms Processing Statistics in 1st Quarter 2016 as Released on 03/21/2016

03/21/2016: USICE to Host a Live Webinar on New STEM OPT Rule 04/14/2016

03/21/2016: First Half 2016 H-2B Cap Reached 03/15/2016

03/21/2016: TPS Extension for Sierra Leone for 6 Months thru 11/21/2016

03/21/2016: TPS Extension for Liberia for 6 Months thru 11/21/2016

03/21/2016: TPS Extension for Guinea for 6 Months thru 11/21/2016

03/20/2016: USCIS Congressional Report of FY 2015 H-1B Petitions Statistics

03/20/2016: USCIS Congressional Report of FY 2015 H-2B Petitions Statistics

03/20/2016: State Department Updates to 9 FAM 402.10-4(E) on 03/06/2016- Guidance on Implementing the H-2B Returning Worker Program

03/18/2016: USCIS Releases Policy Memorandum on "Determining Whether a New Job is in “the Same or a Similar Occupational Classification” for Purposes of Section 204(j) Job Portability"Effective 03/21/2016

03/18/2016: USCIS Announcnement of Transfer of Some F-1/M-1 OPT EAD (I-765) and J-1 Dependants EAD (I-765) Cases to Potomac Service Center on 03/01/2016 to Balance Workloads

03/18/2016: Rising Heat of Political Fight Pro and Con for Expanded DACA/DAPA Litigation in SCOTUS Facing Hearing on 04/18/2016

03/16/2016: USCIS Seeks OMB Approval for Binding Notice of "Determining Whether a New Job is in “the Same or a Similar Occupational Classification” for Purposes of Section 204(j) Job Portability"

03/16/2016: USCIS FY 2017 H-1B Cap Season Announcement

03/15/2016: Written Testimonony of USCIS Director in Congresson on 03/15/2016 Regarding “The Security of U.S. Visa Programs

03/14/2016: PERM Processing Times Update as of 03/07/2016

03/14/2016: USCIS Updates Processing Times 03/14/2016

03/14/2016: USCIS I-485 "Filing Availability Dates" Chart in April 2016

03/12/2016: Proposed Rule of "Modernizing the Permanent Labor Certification Program (PERM)" under OMB Review

03/12/2016: USCIS Revises I-765 EAD Application Form to Add Expanded STEM OPT EAD Application

03/12/2016: New STEM OPT Extension Mentoring and Training Plan Form I-983 and Instructions Cleared OMB 03/11/2016

03/11/2016: USCIS Posts on 03/10/2016 H-4 EAD Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

03/11/2016: SEVP Unveils Online STEM OPT Hub

03/10/2016: OFLC Releases H-1B, H-1B1, E-3 Labor Condition Application (LCA) Filing Tips

03/09/2016: April Visa Bulletin Released

03/09/2016: STEM OPT Final Rule Full Text

03/04/2016: The U.S. Supreme Court to Hear DACA/DAPA Appeal Cases as the First Case to Hear in April 2016

03/04/2016: Good News for STEM OPT Stakeholders - OMB Approved Final Rule!

03/03/2016: Effective Today, 03/03/2016, USCIS Launches "Known Employer" Pilot Program

03/03/2016: Asylum EAD (C)(8) Cases Transferred from Vermont Service Center to Texas Service Center

03/02/2016: SCOTUS Update - Expanded DACA/DAPA Appeal

03/02/2016: USCIS Accepts Applications for Competitive Citizenship and Integration Grant Program for FY 2016

03/02/2016: Expiring DACA Application Form I-821D to be Extended

03/01/2016: Effective 03/01/2016, New USCIS Poverty Guidelines Should be Used

03/01/2016: FY 2017 H-1B Cap Season Affecting Reports on Breaking News Site

02/25/2016: Effective Today 02/25/2016, USCIS Updates I-485 Policy Manual for Guidance of I-485 Policy and Procedures

02/23/2016: USCIS Releases EB-485 Inventory Data as of January 2016

02/23/2016: Pending Enactment of Final Rule of Modernization of Employment-Based Immigration System and Issues Surrounding EAD Program

02/23/2016: SCOTUS Developments to Watch Post Death of Late Justice Scalia Relating to the Expanded DACA/DAPA Appeal

02/23/2016: Congressional Research Service Reviews Status of TPS Migration from Each of TPS Designated Countries

02/19/2016: OFLC Has Been Pushing Ahead H-2B Program for the Last Several Days!

02/18/2016: OFLC Releases FY 2016 1st Quarter (10/01/2015-12/31/2015) Disclosure Data

02/18/2016: FTC Alerts High School Diploma Scam

02/18/2016: USCIS Webinar for Citizenship Grant Stakeholders on "Implementing Quality Citizenship Instruction Programs" Guidances on 02/23/2016

02/18/2016: Watch for USCIS Soon-to-Release New I-864P Poverty Guidelines for 2016

02/17/2016: Timely Host of Stakeholder Teleconference of DHS Ombudsman Office on DMV Problem Pending Nonimmigrant Extension Application

02/17/2016: DOL OFLC National Prevailing Wage Center Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Time 02/12/2016

02/17/2016: USCIS Releases SAVE Program Four Videos

02/17/2016: USCIS H-1B Extension Processing Delays and Concurrently Filed I-539 H-4 and EAD Extension Delays

02/17/2016: Yemen TPS Registration Deadline is 03/01/2016

02/13/2016: Impact of the Change in SCOTUS on Pending DACA/DAPA Appeal

02/13/2016: The Nation in Shock and Numb at the News of Sudden Pass-Away of the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

02/12/2016: I-140 Approved Foreign Workers Struggling with Limited Benefits Extended to Them Under "Modernization of Employment-Based Immigration Reform"

02/12/2016: Effective Tuesday 02/16/2016, "All German Citizens" Eligible for Global Entry Application and Global Entry to the United States

02/11/2016: USCIS Written Congressional Testimony on State of EB-5 Investor Immigrant Program

02/11/2016: USCIS Releases March 2016 Filing Date Chart and Final Action Date Chart

02/11/2016: USCIS Updates Processing Times 02/11/2016

   Extensions  Status Change  Consular Proc
 CSC  06/25/2015 07/22/2015 07/22/2015
 VSC  06/15/2015  09/17/2015  09/17/2015

02/10/2016: OFLC Webinars on 02/17/2016 and 02/18/2016 on Recent Changes to H-2B Program

02/09/2016: Vermont Service Center Customer Service Hotline Outage

02/08/2016: State Department Prediction for Visa Availability in the Coming Month

02/08/2016: March 2016 Visa Bulletin

02/07/2016: OMB Completed Review of New Form "Supplement J" to I-485 Form on 02/04/2016 Pending Completion of Rule-Making Process for EB Modernization Rule

02/07/2016: USCIS Clears Revision of I-765 EAD Application Form to Implement Pending Rule of Modernization of Employment-based Immigration Reform

02/06/2016: HOORAY! ICE Completed Draft and Submitted to the OMB Final Rule of the STEM OPT Extension on 02/05/2016

02/06/2016: USCIS Customer Service Sites Outage for Most of the Day Tomorrow, 02/07/2016

.•Check My Case Status
•e-Request
•Change of Address Online
•Check Processing Time
•Civil Surgeon Locator
•FOIA Status Check
•Office Locator
•Forms by Mail

02/06/2016: Cause for OFLC Delays for PERM Applications in Audit Track in 2015

02/05/2016: OFLC Added Index of FAQ Rounds

02/05/2016: Comprehensive Run-Down of Immigration Legislations and Issues in 114th Congress

02/05/2016: Effective 12/18/2015, H-2B "Returning Workers" Exempted from the H-2B Cap for Fiscal Year 2016

02/05/2016: USCIS Releases New Edition N-565 Form, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document

02/05/2016: Office of Chief Immigration Judge Releases Update of Practice Manual

02/05/0216: CBP Interim Final Rule on Elimination of Nonimmigrant Visa Exemption for Certain Caribbean Residents Coming to the United States as H-2A Agricultural Workers

02/03/2016: OFLC Updates PERM Processing as of 02/01/2016

02/03/2016: State Department Interim Filnal Rule with Some Changes to Requirement of Visas and Passports for H-2A Agricultural Workers

02/02/2016: PERM Processing Statistics for FY 2016 First Quarter (10/01/2015-12/31/2015)

02/02/2016: OFLC H-2A Processing Statistics for FY 2016 First Quarter (10/01/2015-12/31/2015)

02/02/2016: OFLC H-2B Processing Statistics for FY 2016 First Quarter (10/01/2015-12/31/2015)

02/02/2016: OFLC H-1B LCA Processing Statistics for FY 2016 First Quarter (10/01/2015-12/31/2015)

02/02/2016: OFLC Prevailing Wage Determination Statistics for FY 2016 First Quarter (10/01/2015-12/31/2015)

02/01/2016: Congressional Research Service (01/27/2016) Reviews State Challenges to Federal Enforcement of Immigration Law: Historical Precedents and Pending Litigation in Texas v. United States

02/01/2016: Revised Visa Recriprocity Schedule for Cuba January 2015

02/01/2016: Revised Visa Reciprocity Schedule for Mexico January 2016

01/28/2016: SCOTUS Just Released March 2016 Hearing Schedules Missing DACA/DAPA Case

01/28/2016: SCOTUS Calendar for Hearings for 2015 Terms

01/28/2016: USCIS Teleconference on Enhancing H-1B1, E-3 and CW-1 Nonimmigrants and Certain EB-1 Immigrants Final Rule

01/27/2016: OFLC Notice of 01/27/206 on iCERT Portal System Technical Problem

01/26/2016: Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week and USCIS Alerts Stakeholders on Increasing Tax Scams

01/26/2016: Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Announces Federal Offices in DC and Surrounding Areas to Remain Closed Today

01/25/2016: USCIS Official Announcement of TPS Extension for South Sudan for Additional Procedural Details

01/25/2016: USCIS Official Announcement of TPS Extension for Sudan for Additional Procedural Details

01/25/2016: Reformed E-3/H-1B1/CW-1 Programs and Question of Availability of Premium Processing Services

01/25/2016: Official Release of Notice of South Sudan TPS Extension in Federal Register

01/25/2016: Official Release of Notice of Sudan TPS Extension in Federal Register

01/23/2016: HOORAY! Judge Granted ICE Motion to Complete STEM OPT Rule Making by 05/10/2016

01/22/2016: OFLC Removed H-2B IFR Job Order Checklist Pending Update

01/22/2016: OFLC Releases on 01/22/2016 FAQ 10 on H-2A Corporate Restructuring/ Successor in Interest

01/22/2016: No Judge Decision in Yesterday's STEM OPT Motion Hearing But Expected Soon

01/22/2016: Extension of South Sudan TPS Designation for 18 Months

01/22/2016: Extension of Sudan TPS Designation for 18 Months

01/22/2016: 2016 Income Poverty Guidelines Released by the HHS

01/22/2016: Office of Personnel Management to Close Federal Offices in DC Areas at Noon Today with Snow Emergency Forecast

01/22/2016: Check USCIS Office Closings Today and This Weekend

01/21/2016: USCIS Offices in Memphis, TN Will Remain Closed 01/22/2016, Friday

01/21/2016: USCIS Releases O-1B Extraordinary Ability in the Arts Petition "Draft" RFE Template

01/21/2016: USCIS Releases Draft Policy Memorandum on "Comparable Evidence Provision for O Nonimmigrant Visa Classifications"

01/21/2016: USCIS Appeals (AAO) Processing Times Report of 01/01/2016

01/21/2016: State Department Notice - Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program Effective 01/21/2016

01/21/2016: Hearing Scheduled 3:00 PM Today for STEM OPT Litigation Motion

01/19/2016: SCOTUS Official Confirmation of DACA/DAPA Case Calendar

01/19/2016: The Supreme Court of the United States Reportedly Agreed this Morning to Calendar DACA/DAPA Appeal Case This Term of the Court!!

01/18/2016: Approaching FY-2017 H-1B Cap Season and Reminders for Employers

01/16/2016: Congressional Research Service Report of 01/13/2016 Reviews Government Policy and Trends on Various Temporary Professional, Managerial, and Skilled Foreign Workers

01/16/2016: Obama Administrative Immigration Reform Efforts at Cross Road Next Two Weeks

01/16/2016: OFLC FAQ on H-2B Employer Obligations and Job Order Content for Employers of a Mobile Workforce

01/15/2016: SCOTUS Did Not Take Up DACA/DAPA Appeal Case for its Hearing Schedule Today

01/15/2016: USCIS Announcement of Final Rule for H-1B1/E-3/CW-1/EB-1B Reforms

01/15/2016: Reminder: Long Federal Holiday This Weekend

01/14/2016: DACA/DAPA Community in Anxiety While Waiting for Tomorrow's Informal Conference of SCOTUS Justices

01/14/2016: Final Rule of Enhancing Opportunities for H-1B1, CW-1, and E-3 Nonimmigrants and EB-1 Immigrants

01/14/2016: Official PERM Processing Times as of 01/04/2016

01/14/2016: Prevailing Wage Determination Request Processing Times as of 01/13/2016

01/13/2016: USCIS Releases February 2016 485 Filing Available Dates Charts

01/13/2016: STEM OPT Litigation Continues

01/12/2016: USCIS Updates Processing Times 01/12/2016

   H-1B Extensions  H-1B COS/Consulate
 CSC  06/13/2015  07/22/2015
 VSC  06/08/2015  09/17/2015

01/12/2016: Apparent Plain Language Notice of the Special Fees for H-1B/L-1 Petitions for 50/50 Employers

01/12/2016: USCIS Notice (01/12/2016) of New Filing for H-1B and L-1B Petitions for 50/50 Employers

01/10/2016: EB-1B Immigrants & E-4, H-1B1, and CW-1 Nonimmigrants Anxiously Waiting for Legally Binding Final Rule for Enhancing Opportunities for H–1B1, CW–1, and E–3 Nonimmigrants and EB–1 Immigrants

01/10/2016: Issues Before SCOTUS Litigation on Expanded DACA/DAPA Programs

01/08/2016: Reported Relocation of USCIS District Office in Minnesota Coming September 2017

01/08/2016: SCOTUS Appeal for Expanded DACA and DAPA Update

01/08/2016: Court Ruled that the USCIS "MUST" Give a Prior Notice of Intent to Revoke to the Affected Parties Before Visa Petition Revocation

01/08/2016: National Visa Center Immigrant Visa Waiting List as of November 1, 2015

01/08/2016: February 2016 Visa Bulletin

  India Filing Date India Final Date China Filng Date China Final Date World Filing Date World Final Date  
 EB-2 07/01/2009  08/01/2008  01/01/2013  03/01/2012  C  C  
 EB-3  07/01/2005  06/15/2004  10/01/2013  10/01/2012  01/01/2016  10/01/2015  
 EB-5  C  C  05/01/2015  01/15/2014  C  C  

01/08/2016: STEM OPT Rule Litigation Update

01/06/2016: Fight for Strategies for or Against SCOTUS Decision on 01/15/2016 on Scheduling of Expanded DACA/DAPA Continues Between States and U.S. Government

01/06/2016: USCIS Proposes Revision of Form I-131 Adding Advance Parole Requirements in Details for DACAs

01/06/2016: Office of Foreign Labor Certification Releases Revised ETA-9065 and Appendix B, Form ETA-9142B for H-2B Non-Agricultural Temporary Labor Certifications

01/06/2016: Department of State Notice of DS-260 Form for Electronic Application for Immigration Visa and Alien Registration

01/04/2016: USCIS Seattle Field Office, District Office and Applicant Support Center Closed Today

12/31/2015: Thank You for Question Emails

12/31/2015: Questions and Discussions for the Proposed Rule of Employment-based Immigration System Modernization

12/31/2015: USCIS Seeks Comments to the Proposed Rule of EB System Modernization

12/31/2015: Employment-Based Immigration System Modernization Proposed Rule Comment Site

12/31/2015: USCIS Alerts Customers Affected by Severe Weather to Available Immigration Relief

12/31/2015: Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers Proposed Rule Officially Published in the Federal Register Today

12/30/2015: Development of Expended DACA/DAPA Lawsuit: SCOTUS Appeal DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 15, 2016

12/30/2015: Effective 01/01/2016, Form I-290B for Form N-600 or Form N-600K Must be Mailed to the Chicago Lockbox

12/30/2015: I-140 Portability Posting Withdrawn for Error

12/30/2015: Proposed Rule of Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers

12/30/2015: OFLC Releases FY-2014 Foreign Labor Certifications Performance Report

12/30/2015: OFLC Releases Foreign Labor Certification EMERGENCY GUIDANCE Implementation of 2016 DOL Appropriations Act

12/29/2015: States Filed the Response with the SCOTUS 12/29/2015 Pursuant to the SCOTUS Order in Expanded DACA/DAPA Litigation Appeal

12/29/2015: USCIS Workload Transfer from VSC to CSC and NSC to Balance the Workload

12/28/2015: USCIS Proposes to Require Employers and Foreign Workers to Attest Existence of PERM Certified Jobs in Filing EB-485 or in Portability

12/28/2015: Weather-Related Closure of USCIS Field Offices Today

12/26/2015: H-4 EAD and STEM OPT Litigators Filed Amici Curiae Brief with SCOTUS in Support of Texas et. al and in Opposition of the DHS for SCOTUS Hearing This Term on Expanded DACA and DAPA Programs

12/25/2015: Distinction of I-140 EAD from I-485 EAD Including Compelling Circumstances Requirement

12/25/2015: Draft of Revised I-765 EAD Form and Instruction Form Adding I-140 EAD Application

12/24/2015: Estimated New EAD Applications by I-140 Approved Foreign Worker and Their Family Members

12/24/2015: Government Reportedly Seeks 3-Month Extension from Court for STEM OPT Rule-Making Deadline

12/24/2015: Notice of Relocation of National Office of Foreign Labor Certification in DC Effective 11/23/2015

12/23/2015: Matthew Oh's Holiday Wishes for Online Friends

12/23/2015: USCIS Draft Revision of EAD Application Form I-765 to Accomodate Just OMB-Approved I-140 Portability/EAD Proposed Rule

12/23/2015: USCIS Updates Processing Times 12/22/2015

12/23/2015: Hooray! OMB Approved I-140 EAD/Portability Proposed Rule on 12/22/2015

12/23/2015: STEM OPT Federal District Court Decision Appealed to U.S. Court of Appeals in DC Yesterday

12/22/2015: Ongoing Silence of the USCIS as to How the Agency Would Implement 50/50 Employer New $4,500 (L)/$4,,000 (H-1B) Fees Under Legislation That Took Effect 12/18/2015

12/22/2015: Webinar on Overview of Eligible Immigrants for ACA (Affordable Care Act) Health Insurance

12/22/2015: FY 2015 ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report as Released on 12/22/2015

12/22/2015: SCOTUS in Winter Recess for Sitting Until 01/11/2016

12/21/2015: ALERT: State Department Cable to U.S. Visa Posts 11/30/2015: New Guidance on H-1B Adjudications Involving Changes in Place of Employment

12/21/2015: Provision of H-1B and L-1 Additional $4,000 or $4,500 Fees for 50/50 Employers for Initial Filing & Extensions in Effect Now

(a) Temporary L-1 Visa Fee Increase- Notwithstanding section 281 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1351) or any other provision of law, during the period beginning on the date of the enactment of this section and ending on September 30, 2025, the combined filing fee and fraud prevention and detection fee required to be submitted with an application for admission as a nonimmigrant under section 101(a)(15)(L) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(L)), including an application for an extension of such status, shall be increased by $4,500 for applicants that employ 50 or more employees in the United States if more than 50 percent of the applicant's employees are nonimmigrants admitted pursuant to subparagraph (H)(i)(b) or (L) of section 101(a)(15) of such Act.

(b) Temporary H-1b Visa Fee Increase- Notwithstanding section 281 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1351) or any other provision of law, during the period beginning on the date of the enactment of this section and ending on September 30, 2025, the combined filing fee and fraud prevention and detection fee required to be submitted with an application for admission as a nonimmigrant under section 101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b)), including an application for an extension of such status, shall be increased by $4,000 for applicants that employ 50 or more employees in the United States if more than 50 percent of the applicant's employees are such nonimmigrants or nonimmigrants described in section 101(a)(15)(L) of such Act.

12/21/2015: Effective Today, U.S. Consulate in Chennai, India Implements New $4,500 Additional Fees for Blanket L Visas for 50/50 Employers

12/21/2015: DOL 2016 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) H-2A Employment for FY 2016

12/20/2015: Final Text of 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Passed both by the House and Senate

12/18/2015: Congress in Recess Thru January 4th 2016 for the Second Session of 114th Congress

12/18/2015: OFLC Announcement of Release of Round 13 FAQ Related to H-2B Prevailing Wage Determinations and Emergency Filings

12/18/2015: OFLC Announcement of H-2B Forms Update

12/18/2015: Senate also Passed the Spending Bill by Yes Votes of 65-33

12/18/2015: OMB Yet to Complete I-140 Portability Proposed Rule Before Filing of EB-485

12/18/2015: House Passed $1.1 Trillion Funding Bill by Yes Votes of 316-113

12/17/2015: DOS Visa Movement Predictions Next Year

12/17/2015: Time to Say "Thank You" to Hard Working Officials of Immigration Stakeholder Agencies

12/17/2015: Reminder of Today's USCIS Listening Session Teleconference on Reform of Requirement of "Same or Similar Occupation" for I-140 Portability

12/17/2015: House and Senate Passed Joint Resolution H.J. Res 78 Yesterday for Stop-Gap Funding of Federal Government and Prevent Government Shutdown

12/16/2015: Nebraska Service Center Teleconference 01/14/2016 on Student/School & Other Issues

12/16/2015: Government Funding Run Out Today but Government Shut Down Likely Averted

12/14/2015: USCIS Updates on 12/15/2015 Processing Times

12/14/2015: Interagency Working Group for the Consistent Enforcement of Federal Labor, Employment and Immigration Laws

12/14/2015: Approaching FY-2017 H-1B Cap Filing Season

12/12/2015: OFLC Reases on 12/11/2015 H-2B IFR Round 12 FAQs

12/12/2015: President Reportedly Signed Stop Gap Funding Bill to Keep Federal Government in Business 'Til 12/16/2015

12/11/2015: USCIS Announces Updated Form I-824 and Form I-817

12/11/2015: Federal Employees Half Day Off on Christmas Eve, 12/24/2015

12/11/2015: House Passed "by Voice Vote" Senate Amended House Bill for Temporary Stop Gap Funding of Federal Government through 12/16/2015

12/11/2015: USCIS Releases January 2016 Visa Bulletin I-485 Availability Charts

12/11/2015: CRS Report of Noncitizen Eligibility for Needs-Based Housing Programs

12/11/2015: Senate Passed Temporary Stop-Gap Government Funding Bill of the House Dropping All the Poison-Pill Attachments

12/11/2015: "Third" Legislative Bill Introduced in the Congress to Assult and Restrict H-1B Visa Program and Repeal Diversity Immigration Lottery Program

12/11/2015: USCIS Notice of Disposal of 10-Year Old "SAVE" Record Pursuant to the Law

12/10/2015: USCIS Webinar on 12/14/2015 on ObamaCare for Immigrants

12/10/2015: Congress to Pass Three-Working-Day Temporary Government Funding Bill on 12/11/2015

12/10/2015: Another Legislative Bill Introduced in the U.S. Senate to Restrict H-1B Visa Program to Advanced Degree or Higher Wage Occupations

12/09/2015: State Department Alert on Impact of Potential Government Shutdown on EB-4 and EB-5 Categories

12/09/2015: January 2016 Visa Bulletin Released!

12/09/2015: Written Testimony of the USCIS Director in Today's Hearing Before House Judiciary Committee

12/08/2015: Increasing Filing of the Friend of the Court Briefs in Support of Appeal to SCOTUS: United States, et. al. vs Texas et. al

12/08/2015: House Passed H.R. 158 by 407:19 Votes

12/08/2015: Fast Ticking Clock and Potential Government Shutdown Threat

12/08/2015: OFLC Releases H-2B IFR Round 11 FAQs and Job Order Checklist on 12/08/2015

12/08/2015: Official Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Time Report as of 12/08/2015

12/08/2015: Official PERM Processing Time Report as of 12/07/2015

12/08/2015: USCIS Updates DACA I-821D Processing Statistics for FY 2015

12/07/2015: USCIS Teleconference on Draft Policy Memorandum Determining Whether a New Job is in "the Same or a Similar Occupational Classification" for Purposes of Section 204(j) Job Portability.

12/06/2015: IV or NIV Denied or Deferred and Returned to USCIS by Consular Officer? Read the DHS Ombudsman's Recap of Teleconference on This Subject

12/05/2015: Next Week's Opportunity for the Immigration Stakeholders to Hear USCIS Director's Reports on State of Immigration Management

12/05/2015: Only Five (5) Business Days Left for the Congress and the President to Determine Potential Government Shutdown

12/04/2015: Friend-of-the Court Brief Filed with the SCOTUS Yesterday by 218 Democrats in the Senate and House to Assure Hearing Scheduled This Term of the SCOTUS

12/04/2015: Approaching FY 2017 H-1B Cap Season in April and "H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2015" Legislative Bill, S. 2266

12/04/2015: Reminder of Rule-Making Agenda for STEM OPT and I-140 EAD/Portability Reform

12/03/2015: DOL Announcement of Funding Opportunity

12/02/2015: OFLC Releases Roud 9 FAQ of H-2A on Productivity Standard

12/02/2015: Impact of SCOTUS Litigation on Obama's Executive Actions Involving Employment Authorization

12/01/2015: Some Positive News for Obama Appeal to SCOTUS for Expanded DACA/DAPA Program

11/26/2015: Proposed STEM OPT Regulation With 50,520 Comments: Plus and Minus

11/26/2015: Rising Concern with a Potential Federal Government Shutdown Post 12/11/2015 and Informal Stakeholder Government Agencies' Alert

11/26/2015: Importance of Peparing and Filing Form G-28 Pursuant to New USCIS Memorandum on Revised Form G-28

11/25/2015: Importance of Comments to USCIS "Draft" Policy Memorandum on Revised Definition of "Same or Similar Occupational Classification" for I-140 Portability

11/25/2015: USCIS Director to Host Teleconference on 12/08/2015, Tuesday, to Highlight Agency Initiatives and Other Issues

11/25/2015: ICE Notice of Forthcoming Revision of SEVIS I-20 Form Effective 07/01/2016

11/25/2015: Obama Administration Struggles to Have the Expanded DACA/DAPA Appeal Heard in This Term of SCOTUS

11/24/2015: Second Step Fights in Expanded DACA/DAPA Appeal to the SCOTUS Between the Government and States

11/23/2015: USCIS to Revise I-9 Employment Authorization Verification Form and Publish Notice with 60-Day Comment Period

11/23/2015: Joseph Arpaio, Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona Reportedly Filed Appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court Against DACA Program

11/22/2015: DHS Keeps Plan for Next 6 Months: to Complete Modernization of Employment-Based Immigration System W/in December 2015

11/22/2015: ICE Plans for Next 6 Months: to Complete "Final Rule" for STEM OPT Rule in January 2016

11/22/2015: DOL Plans for Next 6 Months: to Initiate Proposed Rule-Making for Modernization of the Permanent Labor Certification Program (PERM) in April 2016

11/22/2015: USCIS Plans for Next 6 Months: to Propose Adjustment of the Filing Fees in Early 2016

11/22/2015: USCIS Plans to Complete Final Rule for Enhancing Opportunities for H-1B1, CW-1, and E-3 Nonimmigrants and EB-1 Immigrants in January 2016

11/22/2015: Agency Statements of Regulatory Priorities for Next 6 Months

11/21/2015: OMB Completed Review and Approved on 11/19/2015 USCIS Revised Policy Memorandum on "Same or Similar Occupations" Standard for Approved I-140 Portability

11/20/2015: Obama Administration Filed Today Appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States the Decision of 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Expanded DACA/DAPA

11/20/2015: USCIS Draft Policy Memorandum 11/20/2015 on Determining Whether a New Job is in “the Same or a Similar Occupational Classification” for Purposes of Section 204(j) Job Portability

11/20/2015: 140 EAD/Portability Reform Involves Two Proposals Both of Which Are Under Review by OMB Now [Correction: First one is not rule but notice]

11/20/2015: Warning! Unethical Conduct of Plagiarism in Certain Immigration Message Board Site

11/20/2015: USCIS Submits on 11/19/2015 Proposed Rule for Employment-Based Immigration Modernization, aka Approved I-140 EAD/Portability

11/20/2015: OFLC Announcement of Change of Address for the Office of Foreign Labor Certification National Office

11/19/2015: Approved 140 EAD Reform Reportedly Remains Top Agenda

11/19/2015: House Reportedly Passed Suspension of Refugee Program for Syria and Iraq

11/19/2015: USCIS I-485 Processing Statistics for 4th QTR of FY-2015 (07/01/2015-09/30/2015)

11/19/2015: USCIS I-130 Processing Statistics for 4th QTR of FY-2015 (07/01/2015-09/30/2015)

11/19/2015: USCIS L-1B Processing Statistics in FY 2015 (10/01/2014-09/30/2015)

11/19/2015: USCIS H-2A Agricultural Worker Petition Processing Statisitics for 4th QTR of FY-2015 (07/01/2015-09/30/2015)

11/19/2015: USCIS T-Visa Processing Statistics for FY-2008 Thru FY-2015, Including 4th QTR of FY 2015

11/19/2015: USCIS U-Visa Processing Statistics for FY-2009 Thru FY-2015, Including 4th QTR of FY 2015

11/19/2015: USCIS EB-5 Investor Immigrant Petition I-526 Processing Statistics for FY-2008 Thru FY-2015, Including 4th QTR of FY 2015

11/19/2015: USCIS I-829 Condition Removal Petition of Approved I-526 for FY-2008 Thru FY-2015, Including 4th QTR of FY 2015

11/19/2015: USCIS All Types of Forms Processing Statistics for FY 2015 and by Each Quarter in FY 2015

11/19/2015: STEM OPT Proposed Rule Comment Period Ended with 49,783 Comments Last Night

11/18/2015: CRS Report of 11/16/2015 on Thorough Overview of the Ongoing "VisaGate" Litigation Surrounding Revision of October 2015 Visa Bulletin

11/18/2015: CRS Report of Legal Overview on "Executive Discretion" as to Immigration

11/17/2015: USCIS Processing Times Update 11/17/2015

   Extension  Consular Proc Change of Status
  CSC  06/02/2015  07/16/2015  07/16/2015
  VSC  05/25/2015  04/14/2015  04/14/2015

11/17/2015: List of Foreign Coutries Whose Nationals Could Participate in H-2A and H-2B Temporary Worker Programs for 1-Year from 01/18/2016

11/17/2015: Amazing Record Number of 45,171 Comments Received for STEM OPT Proposed Rule

11/16/2015: State Department Prediction of Immigrant Visa Final Action Date Movement Ahead for India and China

11/16/2015: N-400 Filing Fee Can be Paid by Credit Card

11/13/2015: USCIS December 2015 Family Based 485 Visa Bulletin Filing Date Chart

11/13/2015: USCIS December 2015 Employment Based 485 Visa Bulletin Final Action Date Chart

11/13/2015: Leaked DHS Internal Memo Including 140 EAD Plan and Sen. Grassley's Demand for Release of Names Involved in the Team

11/13/2015: Estimate Timeline for Filing of Appeal of Expanded DACA/DAPA Injunction Stay Denial by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

11/13/2015: Adverse Effect Wage Rate for Range Occupations through 2016 for H-2A Temporary Labor Certification Proceedings

11/13/2015: STEM OPT Rule Comments - 36,088 (!) as of 11/12/2015

11/12/2015: Teleconference on 11/05/2015 Ombudsman Conference Recap on 11/19/2015, 2-3 pm (EST)

11/11/2015: Proposed H-1B Cap Number Allocation under H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2015 Legislative Bill, S. 2266

11/11/2015: ‘‘H–1B and L–1 Visa Reform Act of 2015’’ Bill, S. 2266 Introduced in the Senate on 11/10/2015

11/11/2015: Fight Against the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeal Decision Has Three (3) Procedural Hurdles Ahead

11/10/2015: USCIS Schedules a Listening Teleconference on Filing of Affidavit of Support (I-864) on 11/19/2015, Thursday, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

11/10/2015: Keys to a Successful Apeal of the 5th Circuit Decision to the United States Supreme Court

11/10/2015: STEM OPT Rule-Making Fight Heats Up

11/09/2015: 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Ruled Against the Obama Administration, Sustaining Preliminary Injunction Against Expanded DACA/DAPA Programs

11/09/2015: Nine Republican Senators Initiate Campaign Against I-140 EAD Rule-Making

11/09/2015: State Department Prediction for Visa Bulletin in the Coming Months From January 2016

11/09/2015: USCIS I-485 "Filing" Availability Chart for December 2015

11/09/2015: December 2015 Visa Bulletin

11/09/2015: OFLC PERM Processing Times as of 11/02/2015

11/06/2015: USCIS Releases New Edition I-140 Form and I-485 Form

11/06/2015: Next Round of HFRP Program Invitations for Certain Haitians in Mid to Late November 2015

11/06/2015: Skyrocketing F-1 Expanded STEM OPT Proposed Rule Comments - Close to 10,000 Comments as of 11/05/2015

11/06/2015: Certain Nepal F-1 Foreign Students Eligible for Employment Authorization Request During the Period of 11/09/2015 - 12/24/2016

11/06/2015: Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa with Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama & Sen. Michael Lee of Utah Asks DHS Secretary to Explain Expanded Immigration Parole Programs

11/06/2015: Forthcoming USCIS Notice of Policy on Determining Whether a New Job is in "the Same or a Similar Occupational Classification" for Purposes of Section 204(j) Job Portability

11/05/2015: USCIS AAO Appeal Processing Times Update 11/02/2015

11/05/2015: Today's DHS Ombudsman 2015 Annual Conference

11/04/2015: OFLC Extends H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Forms in One-Month Increments

11/04/2015: When it Comes to Government Shutdown, it is not Over T'll it's Over

11/04/2015: H-1B Foreign Workers and Their Employers Should Embrace Continuing Delays in USCIS H-1B Extension Petitions Processing

11/04/2015: STEM OPT Proposed Rule Comment Period Ends on 11/18/2015

10/30/2015: DOL H-2A Herder Rule FAQ

10/30/2015: State Department Visa Issuance Format Transition Initially to Machine Readable Format and Eventually to Electronically Issued Format

10/29/2015: Group of House Members Letter of 10/28/2015 to DOS & DHS Secretaries on Revised October Visa Bulletin & I-140 EAD/Portability

10/26/2015: EB-485 Inventory Data as of 10/13/2015

10/22/2015: USCIS International Field Office in Vienna, Austria Permanent Closed Effective Dec. 31, 2015

10/21/2015: PERM 4th Quarter (07/01/2015 - 09/30/2015) Processing Statistics Released

10/21/2015: H-1B LCA 4th Quarter Processing Statistics

10/21/2015: H-2A 4th Quarter Processing Statistics

10/21/2015: H-2B 4th Quarter Processing Statistics

10/21/2015: Prevailing Wager Determination 4th Quarter Processing Statistics

10/21/2015: DOL 4th Quarter Disclosure Data

10/21/2015: CW-1 Quota for FY-2016 Set at 12,999

10/19/2015: Official Notice Published in the Federal Register Today: New STEM OPT "Proposed Rule"

10/17/2015: Proposed New Form of STEM OPT Extension Mentoring and Training Plan as Part of the New STEM OPT "Proposed Rule"

10/16/2015: ICE Official Announcement of STEM OPT Proposal

10/16/2015: USCIS Updates Processing Time 10/15/2015

10/16/2015: Full Text of STEM OPT "Proposed Rule" to be Published in the Federal Register, Monday, 10/19/2015

10/16/2015: Presidential Determination of FY-2016 Refugee Admissions Cap

10/16/2015: DOL Publishes Final Rule of H-2A Agricultural Temporary Foreign Workers in the Herding or Production of Livestock on the Range in the United States

10/15/2015: USCIS Released November 485 "Filing Acceptance" Chart

10/15/2015: USCIS Alerts Immigrants Affected by South Carolina Floods to Available Immigration Relief

10/15/2015: STEM OPT Proposed Rule Approved by the OMB on 10/14/2015 for Publication in the Federal Register

10/14/2015: Reported Grim Prospect for Resolution of Court Fights on Expanded DACA/DAPA Programs During Obama Presidency

10/14/2015: Effective November 2015, USCIS Will Post Separate I-485 Filing Availability Date, Separate from State Department Visa Bulletin

10/14/2015: USCIS Alerts to Use Valid I-693 Form

10/14/2015: USCIS Transfer of Form I-600 Filed on Behalf of Children from the Republic of Korea (South Korea) from National Benefits Center to USCIS Seoul Field Office

10/14/2015: DOL Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times for Temporary & Permanent Labor Certification Programs as of 10/13/2015

10/12/2015: Enjoying Federal Holiday and Fall Colors Around Today?

10/12/2015: EB-5 Regional Center Investment Immigration Program Faces Challenge for Reform for its Survival

10/11/2015: Pending Court Decision on Summary Judgment Motion Filed by Save Jobs USA Seeking Court Decision to Invalidate H-4 EAD Rule

10/10/2015: DHS Secretary's Comment About Progress of Obama Immigration Actions at Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 2015 Public Policy Conference 10/07/2015

10/09/2015: November Visa Bulletin

10/09/2015: State Department Official Notice of Registration for the Diversity Immigrant (DV-2017) Visa Program in the Federal Register

10/08/2015: EAD for F-1 Students from Nepal Experiencing Severe Economic Hardship as a Direct Result of the April 25, 2015 Earthquake

10/07/2015: USCIS I-140, I-485 Workload Transfers and a Change in the Direct Filing Address for Certain Form I-140 Petitions Submitted Together with Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing

10/07/2015: Sad News: October 2015 Litigation TRO Denied Today

10/07/2015: Official PERM Processing Times as of 10/05/2015

10/07/2015: TRO Decision Today?

10/06/2015: USCIS Releases AAO Appeals Processing Times as of 10/01/2015

10/05/2015: Petition to the White House on Revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin

10/05/2015: Government Reply Opposing TRO in Revised October 2015 Litigation

10/05/2015: USCIS Uses Secure Laminates on Certain Forms

10/05/2015: USCIS Official Announcement of P.L. 111-230 Expiration and H-1B/L-1 Employers No Longer Need to Pay the Special Fees

10/04/2015: Compelling and Irreparable Harm Evidence of This Reporter's TRO Incident 30 Years Back

10/03/2015: Very Good News for STEM OPT Rule-Making Compliance Initiative

10/03/2015: Alleged Defendants' Rebuttal Against the Plaintiffs' Assertions for TRO in Mehta vs. Department of State, et al.

10/03/2015: Changing Country's Demographic Landscape and Rising Voices of Some Conservatives to Influence Direction of Nation's Immigration Policies

10/02/2015: DHS to Create Filipino WWII Veterans Parole Program

10/02/2015: OFLC Updates Disclosure Data for Making Some Changes for H-1B, H-2A, and H-2B Data

10/02/2015: Resolution of Revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin Debacle: Court Litigation vs. Out-of-Court Resolution

10/01/2015: Text of Emergency Motion for TRO, Mehta vs. U.S. Department of State et. al

10/01/2015: USCIS Reportedly Confirmed Sunset of P.L. 111-230

10/01/2015: P.L. 111-230 Apparently Expired at the End of Yesterday

10/01/2015: Revised October Visa Bulletin Lawsuit TRO Judge Decision May Take Time

10/01/2015: USCIS Customer Tools Outage, Sunday, 10/06/2015, 5:00 am - 6:00 pm

10/01/2015: Mounting Political Pressures on DOS/DHS to Reinstate the Original Release of October 2015 Visa Bulletin

09/30/2015: Revised Visa Bulletin Lawsuit Update

09/30/2015: DV-2017 Lottery Instruction Released

09/30/2015: House also Passed Clean Continuing Appropriations Resolution by 277:151 - NO GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN!

09/30/2015: Senate Passed this Morning Clean Bill Continuing Appropriations Resolution by 78:20

09/30/2015: Would it be an Option for DOS/DHS to Roll Back Earlier "Filing" Cut-Off Dates of October 2015 Bulletin in November 2015 Visa Bulletin?

09/30/2015: Office of Federal Register Notice of Publication Procedures for Federal Register Documents During a Funding Hiatus

09/29/2015: September 30, 2015 Will Mark One of the Most Critical Dates for Employment-Based Immigration Programs

09/29/2015: State Department Cable to Visa Posts on Expiration of Non-Minister Special Immigrant Religious Workers and Conrad 30 Visa Program Authorities

09/29/2015: Class Action Lawsuit Filed on 09/28/2015 before the U.S. District Court for Western District of Washington at Seattle Against the Revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin

09/28/2015: Mounting Political Pressure on DOS and DHS to Drop Revised October Visa Bulletin

09/28/2015: First Hurdle to Passage of Continuing Appropriations Resolution Removed in the Senate Today

09/28/2015: USICE to Grant EAD for Nepali in F-1 Status Experienced Severe Economic Hardship from 04/25/2015 Earthquake

09/27/2015: USCIS Seeks OMB Approval of its Standards for Determination of "Same or a Similar Occupational Classification" for Purposes of Job Portability Arter 180 Days of Filing of EB-485 Applications

09/27/2015, Sunday: "Open Letter to the Honorable John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Repesentatives of the United States of America"

09/26/2015: Obama Plan of Modernization of Legal Immigration Systems Reform, Court Challenges, and Late Noticeable Slow-Down of Rule-Making Activities on Modernization Programs

09/25/2015: USCIS Releases Explanation for Background of October Visa Bulletin Change by the State Department

09/25/2015: State Department Revised October Visa Bulletin

09/25/2015: House Speaker John Boehner to Resign, Complicating the Government Shutdown Prospects

09/25/2015: Potential Government Shutdown and DHS Preparation

09/24/2015: Senate Rejected Continuing Resolution with Defunding Planned Parenthood

09/24/2015: USCIS Suspends Final Adjudication of EB I-485 Applications for the Remainder of FY 2015

09/23/2015: Continuing Resolution to Fund Federal Government Thru 12/11/2015 Introduced in the Senate

09/23/2015: USCIS Updates Processing Times as of 09/22/2015

09/23/2015: Government Shut-Down Threat Update

09/22/2015: White House, Agencies Begin Prepping for ‘Executing an Orderly Shutdown’

09/22/2015: Visa Bulletin Reform and Ongoing Frenzy of EB-485 Application Preparations

09/21/2015: USCIS Revises Certain Forms With an Alert that Earlier Date Forms are Not Acceptable

09/21/2015: State Department Relases Revised Reciprocity Schedule for Kenya

09/19/2015: Government Shutdown Threat Yet to be Resolved

09/18/2015: Will There be Another Federal Government Shutdown?

09/17/2015: USCIS Releases List of 40 Citizenship and Integration Grant Awardees in FY 2015

09/17/2015: Want to Learn More About SAVE CaseCheck? Then Participate in the USCIS Webinar on 09/24/2015

09/17/2015: USCIS "SAVE CaseCheck" Now Easier for Benefit Applicants

09/16/2015: Sen Chuck Grassley Letter of 09/15/2015 to USCIS Director to Address his Concerns with the New L-1B Adjudication Policy

09/15/2015: "Dates for Filing" in New Visa Bulletin and USCIS/Department of State Management of Pre-Registration I-485 Applications

09/15/2015: USCIS Updates Processing Times Report 09/14/2015

09/14/2015: USCIS Cancels and Intends to Reschedule New Visa Bulletin Teleconference

09/14/2015: Ongoing PERM Site Technical Glitch and OFLC Announcement

09/14/2015: Pending Lawsuit Against H-4 EAD

09/12/2015: Growing Government Shut-Down Threat on Planned Parenthood Funding Fight and Areas of Immigration Proceedings That Should be Affected

09/11/2015: Dawn of New Day for Employers Hiring Foreign Workers on 10/01/2015

09/11/2015: USCIS Appeals (AAO) Processing Times as of 09/01/2015

09/10/2015: USCIS Teleconference on New Visa Management System on 09/16/2015 Wednesday

09/09/2015: "Acceptance" or "Filing" Cutoff is Not Just I-140 EAD

09/09/2015: USCIS Announces Revised Procedures for Determining Visa Availability for Applicants Waiting to File for Adjustment of Status

09/09/2015: USCIS EB-485 Filing Instruction for "Acceptance" Cut-Off Date Cases

09/09/2015: October Visa Bulletin

09/08/2015: Amazing Power and Efforts of STEM OPT Stakeholders to Push for New Rule-Making Process Expeditiously

09/08/2015: Congress (Both House & Senate) Returns to Session Today with Impending Four Sunsetting Immigration Programs at the End of September

09/08/2015: State Department Makes Small Changes for Fees in Consular Services, Passport and Citizenship Fees

09/06/2015: Unfinished Court Business for Challenges to H-4 EAD Rule

09/05/2015: Stakeholder Push with White House via Petitions: STEM OPT Rule Making vs. 140/EAD Rule Making

09/03/2015: Reported Visa Bulletin Management Reform: Acceptance Cutoff Date vs. Approval Cutoff Date Monthly Visa Bulletins

09/03/2015: ICE SEVP Releases Quarterly Report on International Students Studying in U.S. Released 09/03/2015

09/03/2015: USCIS Allows Keeping and Working on Both F-1 and TPS

09/03/2015: STEM OPT EAD Rule Stakeholder Petition to White House to Speed Up New Rule Making Process to Comply with the Court Decision

09/03/2015: OFLC Webinar Presentation of H-2B 2015 Final Wage Rule

09/03/2015: OFLC Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times Update 09/03/2015

09/03/2015: Indian EB-2 Professionals in Desperate Hope for Some Fruits of Visa Bulletin Management System Reform in the Forthcoming October Visa Bulletin

09/03/2015: USCIS Extends Temporary Immigration Relief Measures Until 11/02/2015 for Individuals Affected by Typhoon Soudelor in the Areas of CNMI

09/03/2015: USCIS Official Announcement of Yemen TPS Designation and Explanation for Background for the Designation

09/02/2015: TPS Designation for Yemen for 18 Months (09/03/2015 - 03/03/2017)

09/01/2015: Official PERM Processing Times Update as of 08/31/2015

09/01/2015: USCIS Intends to Revise I-129S Form for the Blanket L-1

09/01/2015: USCIS Draft Memorandum on Guidance on the Job Creation Requirement and Sustainment of the Investment for EB-5 Adjudication of Form I-526 and Form I-829