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USCIS Announces Changes to ELIS Immigrant Visa Fee Payment Procedures

USCIS announced on August 31, 2015, that the agency has simplified the process for paying the $165 immigrant visa (“IV”) fee through its electronic immigration system, known as ELIS. The IV fee is required of those foreign nationals immigrating to the United States to produce permanent resident cards, known as “green cards.” A “green card” will …

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Uncertain Future of Extended Employment Authorization for STEM Graduates

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In 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an emergency regulation that added 17 months of employment eligibility to recent graduates holding student visas who received a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This 17-month period was in addition to the 12-month period of employment authorization that applies to all recent college …

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Ever Evolving L-1B Adjudication Standards

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Immigration law practitioners have been receiving Requests for Evidence (RFEs) on most L-1B (Intracompany Transferee-Specialized Knowledge) petitions for new issuance as well as L-1B renewals. These RFEs, requiring burdensome responses, in fact may misinterpret the term “specialized knowledge.” In March, 2015 USCIS, in an effort to clarify adjudication standards, issued a draft L-1B Adjudication Policy …

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Department Of State Releases September 2015 Visa Bulletin

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Cutoff dates for EB-2 China and India retrogress to January 1, 2006. Cutoff dates for EB-3 China, India, and the Philippines advance to December 22, 2004. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its September 2015 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate the flow of adjustment of …

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Spring Forward, but Fall Behind: The September 2015 Visa Bulletin Brings Unwelcome News for Indian and Chinese “Green Card” Applicants in the Employment-Based Second Preference Category

Today, the Department of State (DOS) released the last visa bulletin for the 2015 fiscal year. Notably, major retrogressions are seen in the employment-based second preference category (EB-2) for both India and China. The EB-2 India category has retrogressed from October 1, 2008 toJanuary 1, 2006. The EB-2 China category has retrogressed almost eight years, …

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