16 Sep 2022

USCIS Implement Phase III of Premium Processing Expansion for Certain I-140 Petitions

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday evening that, effective immediately, it has initiated the third phase of expanding the availability of premium processing service for two categories of I-140 petitions that historically have not been eligible for premium processing. Specifically, the USCIS...

01 Sep 2022

DHS Proposal to Consider Alternatives for I-9 Documentary Review

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed a regulation that, if implemented, would provide the DHS with greater authority to alter certain requirements during the form I-9 employment eligibility verification process. In particular, the rule would further empower the DHS to implement alternative...

29 Aug 2022

DOS Update on U.S. Visa Services at Embassies and U.S. Consular Posts

On August 10, 2022, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) shared a briefing where Ms. Julie M. Stufft, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, discussed the status of immigrant and nonimmigrant visa processing at U.S. embassies and consulates around...

22 Aug 2022

Changing from Adjustment of Status to Consular Processing

For most types of immigrant petitions, such as a family-based petition for an alien relative (form I-130) or an employment-based petition for an alien worker (form I-140), the petitioner must indicate whether the foreign national beneficiary will be applying for adjustment of status (form I-485)...