EB-5 Visa. A Permanent Residency by Investing in the US

EB-5 Visa. A Permanent Residency by Investing in the US

By Documented NY This explanation is part of Documented’s Glossary that will help readers understand the U.S. immigration system. What is the EB-5 visa and how investing in the US can get you one The EB-5 is an employment-based visa available to non-American investors who wish to open a business in the United States. Congress […]

USCIS Issues Policy Providing Further Protections for Victims of Crime

USCIS Issues Policy Providing Further Protections for Victims of Crime

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is updating the USCIS Policy Manual to implement a new process, referred to as Bona Fide Determination, which will give victims of crime in the United States access to employment authorization sooner, providing them with stability and better equipping them to cooperate with and assist law enforcement investigations and prosecutions. […]

Biden Administration Revokes Trump’s Health Insurance Visa Ban

Biden Administration Revokes Trump’s Health Insurance Visa Ban

By Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact President Biden revoked a proclamation issued by former President Trump in 2019 that required nearly all prospective immigrants to demonstrate that they would be covered by private health insurance or were wealthy enough not to need it. Those needing health insurance would have to be covered within 30 days of […]

New H-1B Rule Favoring High-Wage Workers ‘Kneecaps’ Nonprofits – Lawsuit

New H-1B Rule Favoring High-Wage Workers ‘Kneecaps’ Nonprofits – Lawsuit

By Daniel Wiessner, Reuters A coalition of trade groups and nonprofits have filed a challenge to a Trump-era U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services rule that would replace the decades-old random lottery for awarding H-1B work visas with a system favoring higher-paid workers. The groups, including the Humane Society of New York and Dentists for America, […]

USCIS May Reopen H-1B Petitions Denied Under Three Rescinded Policy Memos

USCIS May Reopen H-1B Petitions Denied Under Three Rescinded Policy Memos

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office located in Silicon Valley; USCIS is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – Nov 20, 2019 Santa Clara / CA / USA (Shutterstock) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced it may reopen and/or reconsider adverse decisions on Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant […]

USCIS May Reopen H-1B Petitions Denied Under Three Rescinded Policy Memos

USCIS May Reopen H-1B Petitions Denied Under Three Rescinded Policy Memos

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office located in Silicon Valley; USCIS is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – Nov 20, 2019 Santa Clara / CA / USA (Shutterstock) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced it may reopen and/or reconsider adverse decisions on Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant […]

Tips to Avoid Common Mistakes with H-1B Electronic Registration

Tips to Avoid Common Mistakes with H-1B Electronic Registration

During last year’s H-1B electronic registration period, the top two user errors were: Creating the wrong type of account; and Entering the same beneficiary more than once. Make Sure You Create the Right Type of Account There are three types of USCIS online accounts: Applicant/petitioner/requestor account – Individuals use this type of account to prepare […]

What You Need to Know About the Latest Changes to the H-1B Registration Process

What You Need to Know About the Latest Changes to the H-1B Registration Process

By Leslie Dellon, Immigration Impact The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a final rule changing the way U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects the registrations of U.S. employers that want to file H-1B petitions subject to the annual “cap.” The end result could dramatically reduce the number of recent foreign graduates who […]

USCIS Updates Guidance for Schedule A Occupations

USCIS Updates Guidance for Schedule A Occupations

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced updated guidance for adjudicating EB-2 and EB-3 Schedule A petitions for registered nurses, physical therapists, and aliens of exceptional ability. The update does not change any policy, but does clarify how USCIS adjudicators should apply Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor (DOL) regulations when deciding these […]

Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration H-1B Rules

Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration H-1B Rules

WASHINGTON, DC — Judge Jeffrey S. White of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order blocking two H-1B regulations proposed by the Trump Administration to restrict the ability of U.S. companies to hire foreign-born employees on H-1B visas. The Department of Homeland Security Interim Final Rule was set […]