Congress Ends Months of Uncertainty for Immigrant Investors in Regional Centers

Congress Ends Months of Uncertainty for Immigrant Investors in Regional Centers

Washington, DC., USA, January 3, 2017 Members of the 115th congress and their families mingle on the house floor while attending the joint session on the opening day of the current session. (Shutterstock) By Leslie Dellon, Immigration Impact For more than 8 months, noncitizens with approved immigrant petitions for investments in regional centers have been […]

Delays at USCIS Will Hamper Biden’s Actions to Help Foreign Workers and Students in STEM Fields

Delays at USCIS Will Hamper Biden’s Actions to Help Foreign Workers and Students in STEM Fields

By Leslie Dellon, Immigration Impact The Biden administration recently announced four actions intended to improve immigration “pathways” for noncitizens in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. However, these changes are constrained by the delays at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and congressional limits on immigrant visa numbers. These actions include: Early Career STEM […]

State Department Waives Fees for Immigrants Denied Visas Due to the Muslim Ban

State Department Waives Fees for Immigrants Denied Visas Due to the Muslim Ban

The Muslim Women’s contingent at the 2019 Women’s March demonstrating against the Muslim Ban and for women’s rights. – Washington/USA – January 19, 2019 (Shutterstock) By Kate Goettel, The Immigrant’s Journal The State Department announced a new rule that will waive fees for visa applicants who were denied because of the Muslim and refugee ban. […]

Biden to Make 20,000 Additional Guest-Worker Visas Available This Winter Amid Labor Shortages

Biden to Make 20,000 Additional Guest-Worker Visas Available This Winter Amid Labor Shortages

By Priscilla Alvarez, CNN The Biden administration will make an additional 20,000 seasonal, guest-worker visas available for the winter season for the first time, the Department of Homeland Security announced Monday. DHS has previously upped the number of available visas for the summer season, which is among the busiest for bringing in workers, citing labor […]

DHS Announces Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

DHS Announces Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State (DOS), has announced the lists of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs in the next year. The notice listing the eligible countries will be published in the Federal Register on Nov. 10, 2021. For the next […]

Changing Cut Off Dates Leave India EB-3 Applicants in an Immigration Limbo

Changing Cut Off Dates Leave India EB-3 Applicants in an Immigration Limbo

By Leslie Dellon, Immigration Impact Annual limits on immigrant visa numbers, combined with processing delays and wasted numbers, mean even longer waits for people to become U.S. permanent residents. In November, the “cut off” date for visa eligibility retrogressed (moved backward in time) for people born in India who are in the employment-based (EB) third […]

Green Card: EB-3 for Nurses & Physical Therapists

Green Card: EB-3 for Nurses & Physical Therapists

The Green Card or Resident Alien Card or Form I-551, is the permanent work and residence permit for foreign nationals who reside legally in the U.S. What are the basic requirements? Employment-based immigrant visas typically involve three main steps (the entire process can take several years): First, the employer files a Labor Certification application with […]

Class Action Settlement Gives Second Chance to Qualifying US Employers for H-1B Petition Approval

Class Action Settlement Gives Second Chance to Qualifying US Employers for H-1B Petition Approval

By Leslie Dellon, Immigration Impact A recent class action settlement is expected to result in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approving more market research analyst H-1B petitions. The lawsuit was filed by four U.S. employers whose H-1B petitions had been denied when USCIS determined that market research analysts were not a “specialty occupation” as required for […]

T Nonimmigrant Status for Victims of Severe Forms of Trafficking in Persons

T Nonimmigrant Status for Victims of Severe Forms of Trafficking in Persons

USCIS today announced that it is issuing updated policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding applications for T nonimmigrant status (or T visas) for victims of severe forms of trafficking in persons. Policy Highlights This updated and comprehensive guidance: Provides updated and consolidated information on eligibility requirements, admissibility determinations, evidentiary standards, burdens of proof, travel considerations, […]