New Final Rule Regarding I-140 Priority Date Retention

The long-awaited publication of the Final Rule for Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers occurred on November 18, 2016. The Final Rule will be effective as of 60 days after the publication (Monday, January 16, 2017). On December 31, 2015, DHS/USCIS released a proposed rule that […]

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USCIS Announces Fee Increases For First Time In Six Years

USCIS has announced the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register increasing USCIS fees for the vast majority of USCIS petitions and applications. This is the first time in 6 years that USCIS has adjusted its fees. The fee changes will become effective on Friday, December 23, 2016. All applications received on or […]

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EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended Through December 9, 2016

The EB-5 Regional Center Program, and the EB-4 non-minister special immigrant program for certain religious workers, which were scheduled to expire on September 30, 2016, have been extended until December 9, 2016. Following the extension, USCIS has updated the USCIS Adjustment of Status Filing Charts information for these two programs. As per the updated charts, […]

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USCIS Publishes New Form I-131A, Application For Travel Document

USCIS has published a new Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation). The new form is available to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to apply for a carrier document if they are returning from temporary overseas travel: of less than one year, and their Green Card has been lost, stolen or destroyed, or of less […]

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USCIS October 2016 Visa Bulletin Update

USCIS has announced the Adjustment of Status Filing Charts for October 2016, providing information on which Green Card applicants can file their Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status with USCIS in October 2016. According to the October 2016 Adjustment of Status Filing Charts: Applicants under all family based visa preference categories […]

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