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October 2019 Visa Bulleti…

October 2019 Visa Bulletin

October Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the October 2019 Visa Bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs There are a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) available ea… Read More
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Categories: Visa Bulletin
Schedule for Filing LCAs…

Schedule for Filing LCAs in FLAG System

Last week, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) announced a schedule for the electronic filing of Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) in the Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) system. The FLAG system is the new electronic filing sys… Read More
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New Registration Fee for…

New Registration Fee for H-1B Petitioners

On January 31, 2019, DHS published a rule which requires petitioners to electronically register with USCIS prior to filing H-1B cap-subject petitions. Yesterday, September 3, 2019, DHS announced a proposal to impose a $10 fee for each electronic regi… Read More
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Categories: H-1B
EB-3 Categories Unavailab…

EB-3 Categories Unavailable Through FY2019

The entire EB-3 category is now unavailable for the rest of fiscal year 2019. Annual limits have been reached on this category and additional numbers for this fiscal year are not available. Additional numbers should become available at the beginning… Read More
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USCIS Stopped Accepting D…

USCIS Stopped Accepting Deferred Action Applicants for Non-Military Applicants

AILA issued a practice alert on Friday, August 23, 2019 to inform members that USCIS stopped accepting and adjudicating applications for deferred action for non-military applicants. AILA members have been receiving and reporting denial notices from U… Read More
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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 tr… Read More
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When to File AOS Applicat…

When to File AOS Applications in September 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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September 2019 Visa Bulle…

September 2019 Visa Bulletin

September Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the September 2019 Visa Bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs There are a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) availabl… Read More
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Categories: Visa Bulletin
USCIS Plans to Revise Nat…

USCIS Plans to Revise Naturalization Test

USCIS recently announced a plan to revise the current naturalization test. In late 2018, USCIS formed a naturalization test revision working group who has since been reviewing and updating the naturalization test questions. This working group will al… Read More
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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… 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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