29 Jul 2015

CIS Ombudsman Releases 2015 Annual Report

Maria M. Odom, the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CIS Ombudsman), has submitted her office's 2015 Annual Report to Congress. This annual report includes lists of problems within the immigration system identified by the CIS Ombudsman's office, as well as recommended solutions. Background on the CIS Ombudsman The...

28 May 2015

BIA Decision Brings Uncertainty to Priority Date Retention After I-140 Revocation

Many immigration strategies in employment-based cases rely upon the ability to retain the priority date between permanent resident (or, "green card") case filings for the same individual. It is widely used in what is commonly known as upgrading between categories, as well as during changes...

19 May 2015

NewsFlash! Effective May 26th, Premium Processing Temporarily Suspended for H1B Extensions

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that, effective May 26th, the agency "…will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H1B Extension of Stay petitions until July 27, 2015." Further, premium processing fees will be refunded for any H1B extension case filed before May...

29 Apr 2015

Overview of L1B Policy Memo

On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a long-awaited L1B draft guidance memorandum that outlines the elements of the L1B category and primarily focuses on a discussion of the "specialized knowledge" requirement. The L1B category has been plagued by very...