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USCIS Completes Data Entr…

USCIS Completes Data Entry of FY2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

On May 17, 2019, USCIS finished entering the data of FY2020 cap-subject petitions selected in the lottery. The lottery is a computer-generated, random selection process and includes petitions under the advanced degree exemption. As they have done in… Read More
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When to File Adjustment o…

When to File Adjustment of Status June 2019

How to Adjust Your Status If you want to adjust your status to become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based visa, you must first have a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf. Then, USCIS… Read More
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June 2019 Visa Bulletin

June 2019 Visa Bulletin

June Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the June 2019 visa bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs A limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) are available each year, and… Read More
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Categories: Visa Bulletin
EB-5 Wait Times and Visa…

EB-5 Wait Times and Visa Bulletin Projections

Yesterday AILA’s EB-5 Committee issued a practice pointer with key considerations from a presentation by Charles Oppenheim, the Chief of the Department of State‘s Visa Control and Reporting Division, on May 6 in Washington, D.C.. His pres… Read More
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USCIS Updates Fee Payment…

USCIS Updates Fee Payment System

On February 25, 2019, USCIS announced that they expanded the fee payment system used in some field offices to 16 additional offices. These offices are in: Albuquerque, New Mexico Buffalo, New York Cincinnati, Ohio Cleveland, Ohio Columbus, Ohio El P… Read More
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USCIS Processing Delays H…

USCIS Processing Delays Hit Crisis Levels

Last week, the American Immigration Lawyers Association announced that USCIS processing delays have hit crisis levels. They provided a flyer to explain the current delays. Please take a look at the flyer below for more information about why cases are… Read More
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Categories: processing time
Check-in with DOS's Charl…

Check-in with DOS's Charlie Oppenheim

AILA’s Department of State (DOS) Liaison Committee checks in each month with Charlie Oppenheim, the Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at DOS for updates about Visa Bulletin progress. Oppenheim also provides analysis of current t… Read More
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When to File Adjustment o…

When to File Adjustment of Status May 2019

How to Adjust Your Status If you want to adjust your status and become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based visa, you must first have a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf. Then, USCIS… Read More
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May 2019 Visa Bulletin

May 2019 Visa Bulletin

May Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the May 2019 visa bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs A limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) are available each year, and t… Read More
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Categories: Visa Bulletin
USCIS Reaches FY2020 H-1B…

USCIS Reaches FY2020 H-1B Master's Cap

On April 5, 2019, USCIS announced that they had reached the 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap for FY2020. On April 10, 2019, they reached the 20,000 H-1B advanced degree exemption, or master’s cap. USCIS received 201,011 H-1B petitions during the fi… Read More
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Sivaraman Immigration Law’s founder, Heather Sivaraman, brings an exceptional level of initiative, creativity and dedication to the practice of Immigration Law. A 2008 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, she is an active… Read More
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Jing Huang, Associate Attorney, holds a Master’s degree in Law from University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from China Women’s University. Prior to joining Sivaraman Immigration Law, Jing worked as an attorney in China s… Read More

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