13 Jun 2019

July 2019 Visa Bulletin: Significant Movement in Multiple Categories

The July 2019 Visa Bulletin has been released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS). There are some notable movements in family-based (FB) as well as employment-based (EB) categories. Most significantly, the F2A category becomes current for all countries of chargeability, as well as the...

07 Jun 2019

H1B Cap Cases Filed for Consular Notification of a Beneficiary’s H1B Visa Can Now Be Upgraded to Premium Processing

Effective Monday, June 10, 2019, in addition to any cap-subject H1B petition filed for regular processing that requested a change of status, the USCIS will also accept filings of premium processing requests of all remaining cap-subject petitions. Those employers who elect to "upgrade" their pending...

04 Jun 2019

DS-160 and DS-230 Now Require Social Media Information

The U.S. State Department (DOS) has implemented changes to electronic forms DS-160, Application for a Nonimmigrant Visa, and DS-260, Application for an Immigrant Visa, that go into effect immediately. These applications will now request information about the social media username or handle used by an...

03 Jun 2019

USCIS Implements Stricter Expedite Request Criteria

On May 10, 2019, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated the Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) to reduce the circumstances under which the USCIS will consider granting a case expedited treatment. In general, the USCIS has the authority to grant an expedite request on...