The July 2017 Visa Bulletin was recently released. Most notably, the EB3 category sees major movement. EB3 for all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico advances 54 days to a priority date of June 8, 2017. The 23 day wait time is the shortest wait time seen in this category since September 2015 when the wait[…]
AILA National provides a quick analysis of the budget bill that just passed in Congress. It has important immigration implications so worth watching! Thank you AILA for the quick analysis!
USCIS sent the below email today. The lottery process is complete and people will start receiving the unselected packages soon. My guess is that it will still take a week or two to receive the last receipt notices. So, there is still time to get notified of being selected. I expect to see returned packages[…]
The recently signed executive order ” Buy American Hire American” is putting the H1b visa program under the spot light. I had the honor of speaking with a number of news outlets regarding the executive order and H1bs. Here are some of the links. CNN Money Xconomy Hartford Business Vivere Milano In addition, Tahmina made guest appearances with local[…]
Today on March 29th 2017, our very own Mayor of the City of Seattle, Ed Murray, announced that the city filed a lawsuit against the new administration. Earlier this week, Attorney General Sessions made threats about withholding federal funding from sanctuary cities. The lawsuit argues that withholding funding is against the law. I was very[…]
The judge in Hawaii v. Trump granted a nationwide TRO enjoining the new travel ban, which was set to take effect at midnight eastern time tonight. Here is the decision- Hawaiian TRO
Today, Sunday March 5th 2017, Tasveer, under the leadership of its Executive Director Rita Meher, organized a vigil that was part of a world wide memorial for the Kansas city slain immigrant Srinivas Kuchibhotla. It was a bitterly cold afternoon yet about 200 people turned up to have their voices heard. Local leaders and government officials[…]
On Friday March 3rd just before 3pm PST, USCIS dropped a bombshell that premium processing for H1b will be suspended from April 3 for about 6 months. Below is a copy of the email. This is particularly upsetting for cap-subject H1bs. In other words, the H1b lottery will be affected. For cap cases, it is[…]
Here is a link to live stream of oral arguments of Appeal of Stay of Executive Order.
What a whirlwind of a week! On Friday 2/3/17 Our very own Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued the Administration and won a temporary restraining order (TRO) that is applicable nationwide. On Saturday morning (2/4/17), the Department of Homeland Security suspended the ban and sent an email through USCIS also. The Department of State simultaneously[…]