USCIS Grants Greater Flexibility in Late Immigration Applications to Change or Extend Nonimmigrant Status

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented a significant policy update to its Policy Manual, offering greater flexibility for nonimmigrants who encounter unforeseen delays when filing for extensions of stay or changes of status. This announcement, published on January 24, 2024, clarifies that USCIS may allow for late filings to extend or change one’s READ MORE

Immigration Interview with Attorney Monique Kornfeld on YouTube

Please visit YouTube to watch the interview with me about US immigration law and employment-based immigration in particular.  This video is around 30 minutes long and I discuss different nonimmigrant working visas, such as H-1Bs, E-2s, TNs and L-1s, as well as PERM labor certification green card cases and some family-based immigration.

What Happens to My Immigration Case if the Government Shuts Down?

The US government is currently operating under a continuing resolution (CR) that expires on November 17, 2023. If Congress fails to pass a new CR or spending bills by that date, the government will shut down.  A government shutdown can have a significant impact on immigration services. Here is an overview of what to expect: READ MORE

Premium Processing for Immigration Cases Expanded

Frustrated by lengthy processing times for visas and employment authorization? USCIS offers a solution, but it comes at a price and does not affect your chances of success. With premium processing, USCIS guarantees that it will take adjudicative action on your petition within a shortened time frame. That action must either be an approval notice, READ MORE

H-1B Alternatives in Light of the Looming 2017 Visa Cap & Lottery

As the juggernaut of the H-1B visa lottery approaches, which bestowed visa numbers on only approximately 30% of the lucky petitioners last year, alternatives to working in the US must be considered. I have already written more extension blogs about some of these (international entrepreneur parolee and the national interest waiver (NIW) immigrant), but I READ MORE

US Final Rule on Parole for International Start-Up Entrepreneurs

USCIS has issued its final rule regarding exercise of its parole authority on a case-by-case basis regarding entrepreneurs of start-up entities who can prove through evidence of substantial and demonstrated potential for rapid business growth and job creation that they would provide a significant benefit to the US. The rule is effective July 17, 2017. READ MORE

New Rule for Parole for Startup Entrepreneurs in the US

USCIS has proposed a new rule to allow entrepreneurs of start-up entities to obtain parole to start or grow their businesses in the US. Parole is temporary permission to remain in the US.   The new rule would grant USCIS authority to use its existing discretionary parole authority to include entrepreneurs of startup businesses whose stay in the US READ MORE