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In Defense of Pluralism and How to Fight Hate

In the wake of another terrorist attack, I highly recommend David Brooks’ editorial “The Ideology of Hate and How to Fight It” in August 7th’s NY Times. It is one of the best explanations of the strength of pluralism and inspires me to continue to promote diversity through my immigration law practice.  He writes:   READ MORE

USCIS Announces Adjustment of Status Filing Dates for July 2019

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the filing dates for applicants for adjustment of status to legal permanent residency for July 2019. Applicants in the F-2A category of family-based cases (spouses and children under 21 of legal permanent residents)  may use the “Final Action Dates” chart.  For all other family-based cases (beneficiaries of READ MORE

July 2019 Visa Bulletin Immigrant Visa Number Predictions for Green Card Status

On June 21, 2019, Department of State’s Charlie Oppenheim provided predictions for movements of immigrant visa numbers, which were published in the July 2019 Visa Bulletin.  The following are the projections for the family-based and employment-based preference filings. Family-Based Worldwide Categories: The F-2A category advanced to “current” across the board in the July 2019 Visa READ MORE

June 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued – No Relief for India

The Department of State (DOS) posted the Visa Bulletin for June 2019, which provides the visa number availability for family-sponsored and employment-sponsored preference categories, as well as for the diversity visa lottery cut-offs. USCIS has not yet announced whether in June 2019 it will accept adjustment of status applications based on the filing dates or READ MORE

Avoiding a Gap in F-1 OPT Employment While H-1B Pending

USCIS is starting to issue H-1B receipts for petitions that won a lottery number.  These receipts will allow those F-1 foreign students working pursuant to their optional practical training (OPT) employment authorization document (EAD) that will expire before October 1, 2019, to extend their EAD until October 1st, unless their petition is denied before then.  This READ MORE

May 2019 Visa Bulletin and EB-1 Remains Backlogged

The Department of State (DOS) posted the Visa Bulletin for May 2019, which provides the visa number availability for family-sponsored and employment-sponsored preference categories, as well as for the diversity visa lottery cut-offs. USCIS has not announced that in May 2019 it will accept adjustment of status applications based on the filing dates chart for READ MORE