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

USCIS Updates Policy Manual on L-1 Intracompany Transferees

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual with updates on prohibitions on the filing of L-1A and L-1B intracompany transferee petitions by self-proprietors and the consequence of failing to timely file blanket L-1 petitions. The L-1 intracompany transferee nonimmigrant visa classification enables a U.S. employer that is part READ MORE

Employment Authorization for Foreign Workers with Compelling Circumstances

If you have heard that USCIS issues employment authorization documents (EADs) based on compelling circumstances, you may be wondering if you qualify. In this blog post, we will explain eligibility for these EADs and how USCIS defines compelling circumstances. USCIS issues EADs based on compelling circumstances to help foreign workers who are employed in the 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

USCIS Clarifies the L-1 Intracompany One-Year Foreign Employment Requirement

USCIS published a policy memorandum clarifying the requirement for L-1 intracompany status that the qualifying organization employ the beneficiary abroad for at least one year continuously within the past three years of the L-1 petition filing, as opposed to when the L-1 beneficiary is admitted into the US. L-1 visas are available to persons who READ MORE

Approval of L-1B Specialized Knowledge Intracompany Transferee Visas

“Remarkably” I was able to recently obtain approvals for several L-1B specialized knowledge petitions for an IT company.  It was remarkable since USCIS has created such a narrowly restrictive interpretation of specialized knowledge and now defines specialized knowledge as knowledge that is unique or rare in an organization.  They pulled this from an old dusty case READ MORE