A new year’s gift from USCIS: 140 portability rules and much more

As per President Obama’s executive action announcement of November 2015, a year later, we are presented with the much anticipated policy change rules that will likely make employment-based immigration better in some circumstances. The 181 page proposed rules ( 140eadexecaction fr text dec 30 2015 ) will be published to the Federal Register tomorrow Dec. 31, 2015.[…]

H-4 Visa Holders to Receive Work Permission Soon. Finally! Seattle Globlist Reports

The Seattle Globalist reported on the significant immigration change to come soon for H-4 visa holders.  At the moment, work permission is not given to this visa category.  However, from May 26th, 2015- USCIS will start accepting applications for work authorization from H-4 visa holders.  It generally takes 90 days for a work authorization to[…]

Injunction on Executive Action on DAPA and DACA

A federal court issued an injunction yesterday stopping the implementation of the deferred action for parents and deferred action for those who are older the 31.  At this time, the Administration will be fighting the injunction.  As news becomes available, we will keep you posted.  In the meantime, here is what Secretary Johnson said a[…]

Immigration Executive Action- How to Improve Current Laws- Share Your Thoughts With DHS!

The Department of H0meland Security wants to hear from you about how you think the immigration system can be modernized.  A notice was placed on the Federal Register yesterday, December 30th 2014, stating that public comments can be made until January 29th 2015. I will be writing to share my thoughts. As my regular readers[…]

Immigration Executive Action for Businesses, Entrepreneurs and Students

The Department of Homeland Security released a series of memos.  I am copying links to the relevant ones for high-skilled immigration, entrepreneurs and students. http://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/14_1120_memo_business_actions.pdf My comments to follow soon.    

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[…]

What to expect from the executive action annoucement

I have it on good authority that these are  some of the things we can expect: Illegal immigration: 1. Deferred action to parents of US citizens and green card holders who have lived in the US for at least 5 years. 2. Expanding the DACA program to no-age limit and who have been in the[…]

Visa Guru Charlie Oppenheim Agrees There Are Unused Visas

As many of my readers will know, over the summer there was much discussion about whether there were unused visas and whethey they could be recaptured.  Various newspapers had reported about 200,000 visas remain unused. The recaputuring of those visas would reduce the severe visa backlog.  Here is my article: Unused Visas- To Recapture or[…]

Unused Visas: To Recapture or Not to Recapture- That Is The Question

Please visit this link before reading the article as the comment from Attorney Roger Algase is important because he clarifies that more understanding is necessary in the article. The issue is complicated no doubt and it would be appreciated if anyone who can make the issue crystal clear should comment on this.  http://discuss.ilw.com/content.php?3445-Article-Unused-Visas-To-Recapture-or-Not-to-Recapture-That-Is-The-Question-By-Tahmina-Watson To help[…]

Immigration reform will help Washington State’s demand for tech workers

Immigration reform will help Washington State’s demand for tech workers.  On August 6th, 2014, the Puget Sound Business Journal reported that the Washington State is the 5th fastest growing state in the US for tech jobs, yet there are not enough tech workers.   Reporter Rachel Lerman discusses the issue in detail and reports that the[…]