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USCIS Adjusts Asylum Processing Queue – “Last in First Out” Now in Effect

By Jeff Khurgel |

In an important announcement affecting over 300,000 Asylum Applicants, USCIS will now prioritize adjudicating recently-filed Asylum cases over those already pending. As of January 31, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will schedule asylum interviews for recent applications ahead of older filings, in an attempt to deal with the growth of the immigration agency’s… Read More »

International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) Takes Effect on December 15, 2017

By Jeff Khurgel |

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Announced on December 15, 2017, that it will begin accepting applications under the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER). As we reported last year, the rule was established to allow certain entrepreneurs and business owners the ability to enter the U.S. to seek investment and grow their business. Regardless of… Read More »

Attorney Khurgel to Participate in Visa Officer Panel (11/30/2017 Downtown Los Angeles)

By Jeff Khurgel |

Attorney Khurgel will be speaking at a Panel of former Embassy Officers on November 30, 2017 at the Palm Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. The American Immigration Lawyers Association Event will cover current topics in Embassy and Consular Processing of Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas. In his capacity as an AILA Liaison to the State… Read More »

Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions Resumes

By Jeff Khurgel |

On Oct. 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has resumed premium processing for all types of H-1B petitions.  H-1B employment status for nonimmigrant workers provides legal work status for a wide range of specialty occupations, including information technology, engineering, mathematics, and other occupations typically requiring a bachelor’s degree as… Read More »

Autorización​ ​automática​ ​de​ ​empleo​ ​basada​ ​en​ ​solicitudes​ ​pendientes​ ​para​ ​la​ ​renovación​ ​de EAD (New EAD Automatic Extension Rule (in Spanish))

By Jeff Khurgel |

En​ ​el​ ​17​ ​de​ ​enero​ ​de​ ​2017,​ ​la​ ​agencia​ ​de​ ​los​ ​servicios​ ​de​ ​inmigración​ ​y​ ​ciudadanía​ ​de los​ ​Estados​ ​Unidos​ ​(USCIS)​ ​anunció​ ​una​ ​nueva​ ​política.​ ​Esta​ ​política​ ​permite​ ​la​ ​autorización automática​ ​de​ ​empleo​ ​para​ ​aquellos​ ​que​ ​tengan​ ​aplicaciones​ ​pendientes​ ​para​ ​la​ ​renovación​ ​del permiso​ ​de​ ​trabajo,​ ​o​ ​mejor​ ​conocido​ ​como​ ​“El​ ​Documento​ ​de​ ​Autorización​… Read More »

DACA Rescinded by Trump Administration – 6 Things to Know Now

By Jeff Khurgel |

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it would be rescinding the DACA program. Today’s announcement leaves Congress with a 6-month timeframe to consider a legislative solution. It is our belief that this a cruel, cowardly, and utterly nonsensical decision. Leaving opinion aside, 6 important practical points which we’ve gleaned from today’s policy memorandum… Read More »

Iran Travel Suspension: 7 Things to Know Now

By Jeff Khurgel |

Update: Executive Order suspending travel is no longer in effect, see bottom of page for additional information. A Presidential Executive Order temporarily prohibiting individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the U.S. is expected to be signed in the coming days. The final version of the Order has not… Read More »

New EB-2 National Interest Waiver Standards Announced

By Jeff Khurgel |

Matter of Dhanasar Clarifies EB-2 National Interest Waiver Standards In the last week of 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it will change the way that it decides EB-2 National Interest Waiver (“NIW”) cases. This decision is intended to make a waiver of the normal labor certification requirements—required for most employment-based immigrants—more broadly… Read More »

3 Tips to Make the Most of Your Immigration Consultation

By Jeff Khurgel |

Consultation with a U.S. Immigration Attorney The 30-60 minutes that a person spends interviewing their potential immigration attorney may turn out to be the most important conversation of their life. During the consultation, the Client must evaluate the attorney’s Expertise, Personality, and Responsiveness. If the consultation is properly utilized, the time spent will leave… Read More »

Provisional Waiver (I-601(A)) Will Now Include Family Members of U.S. Residents

By Jeff Khurgel |

Provisional Waiver Expansion Overview On July 29, 2016, USCIS announced the Federal Register publication of its final rule expanding the class of individuals eligible for a provisional unlawful presence waiver. The final rule will take effect August 29, 2016. As we previously wrote, the rule was first proposed approximately one year ago, and allows any… Read More »

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