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Applicants Can Apply for Adjustment of Status
Courtsey of Mural Bashyam, Basham & Spiro
Effective October 1, 2015, there is a new procedure for determining when beneficiaries of family-based preference petitions can file applications for "Adjustment of Status" with USCIS. . . . keep reading


Digital Moose Lounge: Immigration Updates for Canadians
Courtesy of DML
Presented by fellow Canadian and 16 year Immigration Law veteran David Brown, a transplant from Toronto to the U.S. . . . keep reading


DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants
Courtesy of Bashyam Spiro & Coats
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. . . . keep reading


H-1B Cap Reminder
Courtesy of Bashyam Spiro & Coats
We'd like to remind our clients of the fast approaching April 1, 2015 filing date for new H-1B visa petitions for Fiscal Year 2016. . . . keep reading


Immigrant Investor Visas: EB-5
From US Immigration
Every year, the U.S. government issues around 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas under five employment-based preference categories. This article is about the Employment Fifth Preference category (E5) Immigrant Investor visa, also known as Immigrant Entrepreneur visa. . . . keep reading


How Far Ahead of October 1st Can I Apply for an H-1B Visa?
Courtesy of Murali Bashyam
If you have an approved H-1B petition with an October 1st, 2014 start date, you can actually apply for an H-1B visa now. . . . keep reading


Immigration News: USCIS Reaches FY2015 H-1B Cap
Courtesy of Bashyam & Spiro
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U. S. advanced degree exemption. . . . keep reading


H-1B Visa Alert
Courtesy of Murali Bashyam
It is anticipated that demand for H-1B visas will be very strong this year, with the H-1B cap potentially being reached within the first week. . . . keep reading


New H-1B Filings to Begin April 1, 2014
Courtesy of Bashyam Spiro
We'd like to remind our clients of the fast approaching April 1, 2014 filing date for new H-1B visa petitions for Fiscal Year 2015. Petitions for the new fiscal year, which starts on October 1, 2014, will be accepted by the government beginning April 1, 2014. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will continue to accept new H-1B petitions after April 1, 2014, but only until the H-1B cap is reached. . . . keep reading


Shutdown Delayed H Petitions Treated as Extraordinary Circumstance
Courtesy of Murali Bashyam
During the federal government shutdown, Petitioners could not file H applications because they were unable to acquire the necessary certified Labor Condition Application. This delayed time sensitive filings for many individuals. . . . keep reading


Immigration News: New Process for Verifying Identity at USCIS Interviews
Courtesy of Murali Bashyam
As of September 9th, United Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began using a new verification tool called "Customer Identity Verification" (CIV) at its local field offices. The new program should be in use at all local offices by October 21st. . . . keep reading


Urgent Time Sensitive News for Spouses and Children of Lawful Permanent Residents
Courtesy of Murali Bashyam
For the first or perhaps the second time in the last 10 years, all priority dates for Family-based Category 2A will be current--for the month of August at least. Family-based category 2A includes spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 of Lawful Permanent Residents. . . . keep reading


CBP to Roll Out Automated I-94 Arrival/Departure Record
Courtesy of Murali Bashyam
Foreign visitors arriving in the U.S., via air or sea, and who need to prove their legal-visitor status to employers, schools/universities or government agencies, will be able to access their U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) arrival/departure record information online when the agency starts its records automation on April 30, 2013. . . . keep reading


Immigration News: FY2014 H-1B Cap Reached
Courtesy of Bashyam Spiro & Coats
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Friday that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2014. . . . keep reading


USCIS Announcement Regarding H-1B Cap Subject Petitions
Courtesy of Bashyam & Spiro
USCIS anticipates that it may receive more than 65,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions and more than 20,000 petitions filed on behalf of individuals with a U.S. master's degree or higher between April 1, 2013, and April 5, 2013. . . . keep reading


What is Automatic Visa Revalidation?
Courtesy of Murali Bashyam
A nonimmigrant alien who has previously presented a visa for admission to the United States may sometimes be readmitted (a) in the same nonimmigrant classification as shown on an expired visa or (b) in a different nonimmigrant classification than shown on an expired or valid visa if a change of status occurred while the individual was in the United States. . . . keep reading


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