State Department Denies Substantial Percentage of Employer-Sponsored Immigrant Visas

State Department Denies Substantial Percentage of Employer-Sponsored Immigrant Visas

By Leslie Dellon, Immigration Impact Surprising data recently revealed that consular officers denied applicants for employer-sponsored immigrant visas at a far higher rate than U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers denied green cards to employer-sponsored applicants. Data analyzed by the Cato Institute shows that since Fiscal Year 2008, USCIS denied about 8% of employer-sponsored […]

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 […]

Clarke, Meng, Torres, Issue Joint Statement Urging Secretary Antony Blinken to Amend the Diversity Visa Program

Clarke, Meng, Torres, Issue Joint Statement Urging Secretary Antony Blinken to Amend the Diversity Visa Program

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) joined by Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06), Congressman Ritchie Torres (NY-15), and 46 of their colleagues, sent a letter to Secretary Antony Blinken urging him to either rescind or amend the Diversity Visa Program and remove the unnecessary restrictions of the Passport Rule: “The Diversity Visa Program was […]

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 […]

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, […]

USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2022

USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2022

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap on H-2B visas for temporary nonagricultural workers for the first half of fiscal year 2022. Sept. 30 was the final receipt date for new cap-subject H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2022. USCIS will reject […]