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US Department of State Issues November 2015 Visa Bulletin

Immigration entry stamp on the inside page of a passport.  Note that I have deliberately left the background inky and blotchy.

The new bulletin shows no movement in filing date cutoffs and little movement in approval date cutoffs for those chargeable to India and China. The November 2015 Visa Bulletin shows little change from the October 2015 Visa Bulletin issued on September 25. The new category of filing date cutoffs remains exactly the same as in …

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Ever Evolving L-1B Adjudication Standards

Big signboard of Immigration at the airport

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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White House Releases ‘Modernizing & Streamlining Our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Century’

White House Legal Immigration

The White House has just released a new report titled “Modernizing & Streamlining our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Century,” which builds on the President’s executive actions of Nov. 21, 2014. This report provides for plans to improve the immigration system to modernize and streamline the processes for certain visa categories and to address …

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Immigration Reform Resurfaces Amid Congressional Breakdown Over Funding and Debt Ceiling

As the country waits for Congress to resolve the government funding and debt ceiling stalemate, immigration reform simmers in the background. This week, a group of Democrats introduced a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, H.R. 15, entitled the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.” This is not the much awaited work product of the secret …

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U.S. Government Shutdown Will Disrupt Many Immigration Processes

Programs at the Departments of State and Labor are likely to be affected more than others if partial government shutdown occurs on October 1. The potential U.S. government shutdown on October 1 could have immigration-related consequences, especially for those immigration functions performed by the U.S. Department of State (State) and the U.S. Department of Labor …

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