Major Reform To Immigration Bill May Lead To Increased Vetting For U.S. Travelers

Major Reform To Immigration Bill May Lead To Increased Vetting For U.S. Travelers

Major Immigration Reform

Major Immigration Reform Bill Gaining Support

A bipartisan bill proposing major reforms to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is gaining traction in Congress. If signed into law, H.R. 392, or “The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017,” would eliminate the current per country numerical cap for employment-based immigrants and increase the per country limitation for family based immigrants from 7% to 15% of the total number of family-sponsored visas… Read More

Attention Travelers: Additional Security Protocols Implemented

Travelers on non-stop flights to the United States should expect additional delays as they will be subject to further security interviews as part of new check-in protocols implemented by the Trump Administration.
 
As of October 26, 2017, US-bound travelers should anticipate being interviewed at the check-in counters or at the gate before boarding the plane.  This new security measure will also affect domestic flights, as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will perform a more thorough inspection of luggage and travelers may be prevented from checking in luggage curbside at the airport.. Read More

 

November Visa Bulletin

November Visa Bulletin

November Visa Bulletin

October 20, 2017

The Department of State (DOS) has published the Visa Bulletin for November 2017. Once again, USCIS has indicated that employment-based applicants should use the Final Action Dates chart (shown below) to determine when they may file adjustment of status applications.

As expected, the Final Action Dates show forward movement for most employment-based categories. In the employment-based, third preference (EB-3) category, the Philippines moved ahead by a month-and-a-half (from December 1, 2015 to January 15, 2016), so that anyone in that category with a January 15, 2016 priority date or earlier is now eligible to submit an adjustment of status (Form I-485) application with USCIS. Please note that, for employment-based cases, the priority date is the date on which USICS accepted an individual’s I-140 petition for processing.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications:

Employment based

All Charge-
ability 
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland 
born

EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

C

C

C

C

C

C

2nd

15JUN13

C

08OCT08

C

C

3rd

C

01FEB14

C

15OCT06 

15JAN16

Other Workers

C

01APR06

15OCT06

15JAN16

4th

C

C

01NOV15 

C

01APR16 

C

Certain Religious Workers

C

C

01NOV15

C

01APR16

C

5th
Non-Regional
Center (C5 and T5)

C

01JUL14

C

C

C

C

5th
Regional
Center (I5 and R5)

C

01JUL14

C

C

C

C

 

All H-1B Premium Processing Now Resumed

All H-1B Premium Processing Now Resumed

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

 

ALL H-1B PREMIUM PROCESSING NOW RESUMED

October 3, 2017- Today, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that is has resumed premium processing for all H-1B extension of stay petitions, thereby enabling petitioners in all circumstances to utilize premium processing for their H-1B employees. Whether filing a new H-1B or seeking to upgrade a pending Petition, Premium Processing and its 15-day money-back-guarantee has been fully reinstated for all types of H-1B Petitions. Read more

October Visa Bulletin

October Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin for October 2017 

September 27, 2017

The Department of State (DOS) has published the Visa Bulletin for October 2017, the first visa bulletin for the 2018 fiscal year. USCIS has indicated that employment-based applicants should use the Final Action Dates chart (shown blow) to determine when they may file adjustment of status applications.

As expected, the Final Action Dates show forward movement for most employment-based categories. In the employment-based, third preference (EB-3) category, the Philippines moved ahead by one month (from November 1, 2015 to December 1, 2015), so that anyone in that category with a December 1, 2015 priority date or earlier is now eligible to submit an adjustment of status (Form I-485) application with USCIS. Please note that, for employment-based cases, the priority date is the date on which USICS accepted an individual’s I-140 petition for processing.

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USCIS Implementing Interview Requirement

USCIS Implementing Interview Requirement

Dept. Of State

USCIS TO IMPLEMENT REGULAR INTERVIEW REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED IMMIGRANTS IN THE ERA OF “EXTREME VETTING”

In the latest wave of the Trump Administration’s “extreme vetting” immigration campaign, USCIS has announced that all employment-based adjustment of status applicants must now pass an in-person interview. This new policy to set to come into law October 1, although some initial reports from members of the immigration lawyer community indicate that routine employment-based adjustment applicants may already be receiving interview notices.

With average USCIS green card applications already facing a processing time of a half-year or more, such in-person interviews will increase wait-times exponentially. Previously, waivers of a general interview requirement were granted to these applicants as interviews were viewed as an unnecessary step toward residency given that consulates regularly vet candidates’ admissibility during the visa process. Although routine in family cases, employment-based cases generally only triggered an interview requirement where admissibility was an issue. However, unlike consular interviews, adjustment applicants generally have a right to have counsel present during the interview.

JONATHAN A. GRODE
Green and Spiegel
An Immigration Law Firm
September Visa Bulletin

September Visa Bulletin

Immigration Visa

August 25, 2017

The Department of State (DOS) has published the Visa Bulletin for September 2017, the last visa bulletin for the 2017 fiscal year. As in previous months, employment-based applicants should use the Final Action Dates chart (shown blow) to determine when they may file adjustment of status applications.

This month, the Final Action Dates moved forward for most employment-based categories. In the employment-based, third preference (EB-3) category, the Philippines jumped ahead by five months (from June 1, 2015 to November 1, 2015), so that anyone in that category with a November 1, 2015 priority date or earlier is now eligible to submit an adjustment of status (Form I-485) application with USCIS. Please note that, for employment-based cases, the priority date is the date on which USICS accepted an individual’s I-140 petition for processing.

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August Visa Action Bulletin

August Visa Action Bulletin

July 31, 2017

The Department of State (DOS) has published the Visa Bulletin for August 2017. As in previous months, employment-based applicants should use the Final Action Dates chart (shown blow) to determine when they may file adjustment of status applications. This month, as we approach October (when the annual limits on visa availability are reset), The Department of Labor has had to institute priority date cutoffs for certain previously-current categories. For instance, the previously current EB-2 categories for all countries besides China and India retrogressed to April 1, 2015. These will return to being current, however, on October 1, 2017. Read more

CareerKnacks Summary: July Visa Action Bulletin

CareerKnacks Summary: July Visa Action Bulletin

 

The Department of State (DOS) has published the Visa Bulletin for July 2017. Once again, USCIS has indicated that employment-based applicants must use the Final Action Dates chart (shown below) to determine when they may file their adjustment of status applications. This month, the Final Action Dates mostly moved forward by a few months, however, the 3rd preference Philippines category (which includes Schedule A Nurses born in the Philippines) moved forward by a full year (from May 1, 2013 to May 15, 2014), so that anyone in that category with a May 15, 2014 priority date or earlier is now eligible to submit an adjustment of status application with USCIS. Please note that, for employment-based cases, the priority date is the date on which USICS accepted an individual’s I-140 petition for processing. Read more

Immigration News Travel Restrictions

Immigration News Travel Restrictions

Immigration Travel Ban

U.S. SUPREME COURT AGREES TO HEAR TRUMP TRAVEL BAN CASE, REINSTATES PART OF BAN

Jonathan A. Grode

In an unsigned, per curiam opinion issued today, the Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear the revised Trump Travel Ban cases on their merits in the Court’s 2017-18 term which begins in early October. The Court has also partially lifted the injunction preventing the Executive Order from going into effect.  Specifically, except for applicants that can establish “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” the ban is now in effect for both new visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Libya, Read more

CareerKnacks Summary: June Visa Bulletin

CareerKnacks Summary: June Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has published the Visa Bulletin for June 2017. Once again, USCIS has indicated that employment-based applicants must use the Final Action Dates chart (shown below) to determine when they may file their adjustment of status applications. This month, the Final Action Dates mostly moved forward by several months. The 3rd preference Philippines category (which includes Schedule A Nurses born in the Philippines) moved forward by four months (from January 1, 2013 to May 1, 2013), Read more

May Visa Bulletin

May Visa Bulletin

 

The May 2017 Visa Bulletin  shows that, once again, USCIS has indicated that employment-based applicants must use the Final Action Dates chart (shown below) to determine when they may file their adjustment of status application. This month, the Final Action Dates mostly moved forward by several months. The 3rd preference Philippines category (which includes Schedule A Nurses born in the Philippines) Read more

April Visa Bulletin Shows More Movement Forward

April Visa Bulletin Shows More Movement Forward

US Immigration services

The April 2017 Visa Bulletin shows some movement forward for the employment-based categories. Once again, USCIS has indicated that employment-based applicants must use the “Final Action Dates” chart (shown below) to determine when they may file their adjustment of status applications. This month, the Final Action Dates mostly moved forward by several months. The 3rd preference Philippines category (which includes Schedule A Nurses) moved forward by six months (from March 15, 2012 to September 15, 2012), so that anyone in that category with a September 15, 2012 priority date or earlier is now eligible to submit an adjustment of status application with USCIS. Please note that, for employment-based cases, the priority date is the date on which USICS received an individual’s I-140 Petition.

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Everything You Need To Know About Your Immigrant Rights

Everything You Need To Know About Your Immigrant Rights

.Since we are always looking out for our CareerKnacks family of nurses, we wanted to share a really great graphic from Asian Journal on knowing your rights when it comes to immigration. Since it can be intimidating to be questioned in any way about your status, having a resource like this to refer to can really help to feel prepared if you find yourself in a difficult situation. For more information, had to their website to read the full article (and don’t forget to bookmark this graphic!). Although something like this is unlikely to happen, it is better to be safe and know in advance what your rights are.

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What Trump’s (Latest) Executive Order Means for Immigration

What Trump’s (Latest) Executive Order Means for Immigration

Immigration updates

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immigration updates

After the last one one was shot down in court, President Trump has issued yet another Executive Order this week regarding immigration. Six countries are affected by the latest order, including Iran, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, and Syria. It states that individuals from these countries that do not currently have a valid visa are not eligible to travel to the U.S. for a period of 90 days.

It is important to note that the Executive Order does not apply to green card holders, dual nationals, any visas valid on or before the date of the order, diplomatic visas, and those who have been granted asylum or refugee status before the order goes into effect.

The Executive Order will go into effect on March 16, 2017 pending any further litigation.

CareerKnacks Summary: March Visa Bulletin

CareerKnacks Summary: March Visa Bulletin

 

Visa

The March 2017 Visa Bulletin shows some movement forward for the employment-based categories. Once again, USCIS has indicated that employment-based applicants must use the “Final Action Dates” chart (shown below) to determine when they may file their adjustment of status applications. This month, the Final Action Dates mostly moved forward by several months. The 3rd preference Philippines category (which includes Read more

Update on Trump’s Executive Order Travel Ban

Update on Trump’s Executive Order Travel Ban

 

Sharing an update on the Trump travel ban

Today, we are sharing an update on the Trump travel ban, straight from our go-to immigration experts at Green and Spiegel. Head to their website to read the complete update.

Last week we reported that President Trump signed an executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” that ceased visa issuance and admissions to nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen for at least 90 days. Since that time, several important court actions have taken place, most notably that the states of Washington and Minnesota filed suit to challenge the Executive Order. Suits filed against the government appear to be initially successful, although the applicability of the order remains fluid given pending appellate review. Read more

How Donald Trump Could Affect the Rules for H-1B Visas

How Donald Trump Could Affect the Rules for H-1B Visas

 

Rules for H-1B Visas

 

With the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States comes a healthy dose of concern about what changes might come for U.S. immigration. Here at CareerKnacks, our family of international nurses rely entirely on this process for furthering their careers in America. While nurses are still in high demand, it is difficult to see how we could fill these positions without looking abroad. Still, many are on edge waiting to see if Trump delivers on his unfavorable ideas for changing the rules on immigration. Read more

CareerKnacks Summary: February Visa Bulletin

CareerKnacks Summary: February Visa Bulletin

The February 2017 Visa Bulletin shows slight movement forward for the employment-based categories. As in January, USCIS has indicated that the “Final Action Dates” chart (shown below) must be used this month for filing applications for adjustment of status. This means that anyone who was eligible to submit an adjustment application in January will remain eligible to do so in February. The Final Action Dates (which indicate visa number availability) for the employment-based categories mostly moved forward by a few weeks or months. For instance, the 2nd preference Philippines category moved forward three months (from July 22, 2011 to October 15, 2011), so that anyone in that category with an October 15, 2011 priority date* or earlier is now eligible to submit an adjustment of status application with USCIS. *For employment-based cases, the priority date is the date on which USICS received an individual’s I-140 Petition.

“Final Action Dates” Chart for Employment-Based Applicants Read more

A Break Down of the January 2017 Visa Bulletin Straight From the Experts

A Break Down of the January 2017 Visa Bulletin Straight From the Experts

The January 2017 Visa Bulletin was issued earlier this week by the U.S. Department of State and can be seen here. To get the full scoop, we went back to our friends at Green and Spiegel for the full breakdown… read on for more information from the experts.

Currently, the 3rd preference (EB-3) category for skilled or professional workers, which includes Schedule A nurses, is backlogged. Because of this backlog, only individuals with a “priority date” earlier than the date listed on the Visa Bulletin are permitted to immigrate to or adjust status in the United States. For employment-based cases, the priority date is the date on which USCIS received an individual’s I-140 Petition. Read more

Welcome to the U.S.: A Guide for New Immigrants

Welcome to the U.S.: A Guide for New Immigrants

immigrant
Since we are always on the lookout for any information that might make the transition to the United States easier for our CareerKnacks nurses, we wanted to share a great guide that the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services department has put together. With over 100 pages, it really covers the bases for educating immigrants who are new to the country and we wanted to share a few sections that really stood out to us. Click here for the full Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants brochure. Read more