Employment-based adjustment (and family-based)- Executive Action Changes

Executive Action changes are on it’s way for adjustment of status for cases that are generally stuck in the backlog! This is the beginning of seeing some real changes that will have great impact.  Read on.  More to come from me soon.  Announcement from USCIS: USCIS, in coordination with Department of State (DOS), is revising[…]

Legal updates- quick snapshot

Dear Readers, June and July have been busy months of speaking engagements as well as meeting various deadlines mainly H1b RFEs. (You know what I am talking about if you are dealing with them too!). Follow us on Twitter to get real time updates, if you are not already since blogging updates has been a[…]

Immigration benefits, same-sex marriage and recent SCOTUS ruling

On June 26th 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex married couples have equal rights and protection of the law.  Thus, with a stroke of the SCOTUS pen, same-sex marriage is now legal in every state. Over the past few days, our office has received a number of[…]

#ExecutiveAction: #DACA Expansion

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA was revised through President Obama’s executive action last week.  Previously, a DACA applicant must have arrived in the US by June 2007 and must have been no more than 31 years old. Those provisions have been revised. So, who can apply now? All previous DACA requirements stand: The adjusted[…]

Immigration #ExecutiveAction: Deferred Action for Parents

Through Executive Action, President Obama will confer deferred action to undocumented parents of US citizens and Green Card holders. Who will qualify: 1. If you have a child that is a US citizen or a green card holder. 2. If you have been in the US since January 1st, 2010. The government will provide guidance[…]

Immigration #ExecutiveAction: Will It Help My Family-based Preference Case?

Since the announcement of immigration executive action broke, the question that I have seen most is this “will immigration reform help my family based pending petition (F1, F2, F3 and F4)?”.  Thank you for asking all your questions. Unfortunately, immigration executive action does not affect any family-based petitions at this time.   If unused visas[…]

Immigration Executive Action Fact Sheet

Executive Action List from the White House  The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release November 20, 2014 FACT SHEET: IMMIGRATION ACCOUNTABILITY EXECUTIVE ACTION The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will help secure the border, hold nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants accountable, and ensure that everyone plays by the same rules.  Acting[…]

October 2014 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The October 2014 visa bulletin was released today. Here is what my readers are looking for: For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico:  F2A category advances a month taking the priority date to 1 February 2013; F2B preference advances 2 months with PD at 1 November 2007;  F4 category advances 21 days taking PD to 22[…]

I-130 Backlog Ensues

The I-130 backlog that started about 6-9 months ago is still causing families to remain separated.  At the American Immigration Lawyers Association annual conference in June, USCIS said that they are aware of the problem and are working on reducing the problem.  From feedback from colleagues I learned that newly filed cases are flying through[…]