Finding Solutions to Government-Created Headaches

As many of our clients know and as we have reported previously, the government is taking much longer than it has in the past to adjudicate most application types. Between these major backlogs, and what seem like annual… Read More

Try Your Luck with This Year’s Green Card Lottery!

The Department of State has opened up online registration for the 2021 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, more commonly known as the “green card lottery.”  The electronic entry/registration window is open between noon (EDT) on Wednesday, October 2, 2019… Read More

On-Site Inspections of Recent Graduates with STEM Employment Authorization Documents

Recent reports indicate that ICE has started to conduct employer inspections regarding F-1 Students who have STEM Employment Authorization Documents. STEM employment authorization is offered to eligible students in F-1 status who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher… Read More

Department of Labor’s New FLAG Software Required for H-1B Labor Condition Applications

We wrote earlier this summer about the Department of Labor’s new software rollout. The Foreign Labor Application Gateway, or FLAG, is the government’s new cloud-based portal designed to serve as an application filing and case management solution for… Read More

Government Focuses on Immigrants’ Financial Health

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued a new rule to determine eligibility for temporary work status, a green card, or admission to the United States. The rule changes the standard used to decide how likely an applicant… Read More

Department of Homeland Security to Use Fake Social Media Accounts to Investigate Immigrant Applicants

We recently shared that the government is now asking visa applicants for their social media history. Applicants who wish to obtain a visa to enter the United States must disclose their social media handles for each platform they… Read More

Providing Stability during an Unpredictable Time

We are often asked what it is like to work in the immigration field right now. Immigration law is a political flash point with the crisis at the border, the travel ban, and a president whose policies and… Read More

Immigrant Visa Availability Slows as We near End of Fiscal Year

The Department of State visa bulletin indicates when an immigrant visa becomes available for the various family-based (FB) and employment-based (EB) visa categories. Immigrant visa availability determines when many individuals are eligible to apply for a green card…. Read More

Government Introduces New Medical Exam Form Edition for Green Card Applicants

All green card applicants must undergo a medical examination as a part of the application process. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) designates certain doctors to perform the medical exam.  Successful completion of the medical exam is… Read More

Government Expands Use of Expedited Removal

The Department of Homeland Security recently announced that it is significantly expanding its expedited removal policy. Expedited removal will now happen throughout the United States rather than just to individuals who are detained near the border. Expedited removal… Read More