Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Re-registration Deadline for El Salvador TPS is March 9, 2015

From USCIS: Monday, March 9, 2015, is the deadline for current El Salvador Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries to re-register for the 18-month extension of TPS that runs from March 10, 2015, through Sept. 9, 2016.

The law requires USCIS to withdraw TPS for failure to re-register without good cause. Therefore, if you fail to re-register by this deadline, you may lose your TPS and your work authorization.

You can find details and procedures for re-registering for TPS on the USCIS website and in the Federal Register notice announcing the extension of TPS for El Salvador.

Eligible El Salvador TPS beneficiaries who re-register during the registration period and request employment authorization will receive a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD) with an expiration date of Sept. 9, 2016.

Monday, March 2, 2015

USCIS EB I-140 and I-485 Processing Statistics As Of December 2014


USCIS EB I-140 Processing Statistics 

 Received  Approved  Denied  Pending
QTR 1 FY 2015 23,188 20,382 1,813 36,177
QTR 4 FY 2014 24,959 20,482 2,041 30,430
QTR 3 FY 2014 24,254 20,490 1,924 27,175
QTR 2 FY 2014 17,879 10,930 1,593 24,595
QTR 1 FY 2014 14,566 10,393 1,759 15,166

USCIS EB I-140 Processing Statistics 
 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Important Information for Pending Cases During the Transition from the Current Version of the Form G-28 to the Revised Version

From USCIS: We are aware that some attorneys and accredited representatives who recently filed the current version of the G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, may have received a courtesy copy instead of an original document.

This occurred because we recently made necessary system changes to incorporate the new features that appear on the revised Form G-28. Release of the new Form G-28 has been temporarily delayed and, as a result, is not yet available for public use.

We expect the new Form G-28 will be out soon, however, in the interim, USCIS adjusted its notice mailing process until the new form is available for public use.

During the Transition

Until the new Form G-28 is available for public use, we are working to ensure that attorneys and accredited representatives with a valid G-28 on file receive original notices for any cases currently pending with USCIS.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Update: EAD For H4 Visa Holders

From USCIS: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. DHS amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the United States.

Finalizing the H-4 employment eligibility was an important element of the immigration executive actions President Obama announced in November 2014. Extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants is one of several initiatives underway to modernize, improve and clarify visa programs to grow the U.S. economy and create jobs.

“Allowing the spouses of these visa holders to legally work in the United States makes perfect sense,” Rodríguez said. “It helps U.S. businesses keep their highly skilled workers by increasing the chances these workers will choose to stay in this country during the transition from temporary workers to permanent residents. It also provides more economic stability and better quality of life for the affected families.”

Eligible individuals include certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who:
  • Are the principal beneficiaries of an approved Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker; or 
  • Have been granted H-1B status under sections 106(a) and (b) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 as amended by the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act. The Act permits H-1B nonimmigrants seeking lawful permanent residence to work and remain in the United States beyond the six-year limit on their H-1B status.
DHS expects this change will reduce the economic burdens and personal stresses H-1B nonimmigrants and their families may experience during the transition from nonimmigrant to lawful permanent resident status, and facilitate their integration into American society.

Friday, February 20, 2015

H-2B Cap Reached for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2015


From USCIS: USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated limit, or “cap” on the total number of foreign nationals who may seek a visa or otherwise obtain H-2B status for the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2015.

Jan. 26, 2015 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date prior to April 1, 2015.

What Happens Now
  • USCIS will reject new cap-subject H-2B petitions that were received after January 26, 2015, and that request an employment start date prior to April 1, 2015.
  • No cap numbers from the first half of FY 2015 will be available in the second half of FY 2015, which begins April 1, 2015.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Final Rule: Notices of Decisions and Documents Evidencing Lawful Status, Effective Jan. 27, 2015


From USCIS: The final rule, Notices of Decisions and Documents Evidencing Lawful Status, published on Oct. 29, 2014, is effective on Jan. 27, 2015. This rule amends regulations governing when USCIS will:
  • correspond with,
  • issue a notice of decision to, or
  • provide documents to
an applicant, petitioner, or requester, and/or an attorney of record or accredited representative.
The rule also explains how a person can consent to have such notices and secure identification documents sent directly to a designated representative.

Monday, February 16, 2015

April 2015 Visa Bulletin Predictions

For March 2015 Visa Bulletin, please click here: http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2015/02/march-2015-visa-bulletin.html

Please see April 2015 Visa Bulletin Predictions below (for both Family Based and Employment Based):

Quick Summary:

Family Based:

Family-Sponsored All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA- mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 15AUG07 15AUG07 15AUG07 15SEP94 01MAR05
F2A 22JUL13 22JUL13 22JUL13 22JUN13 22JUL13
F2B 22AUG08 22AUG08 22AUG08 22JAN95 22APR04
F3 15FEB04 15FEB04 15FEB04 15MAR94 15AUG93
F4 08JUN02 08JUN02 08JUN02 22JUN97 08OCT91

Employment Based: