Tag Archives: I-485 form

  1. Department of State announces waiver of interviews for certain non-immigrant visas

    Obtaining an interview at almost any consulate outside of the U.S. has been almost impossible due to the ongoing pandemic and as a result, many have been left unable to return to the U.S. To help facilitate the issuance of visas and clear the backlog, the Department of State announced that they would waive the…

  2. Green Card Applicants Now Required To Get COVID-19 Vaccine Before Obtaining I-693 Medical Exam

    Effective October 1, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will now require all applicants seeking permanent residence to complete the COVID-19 vaccine and provide documentation to the civil surgeon before completing their medical exam. This includes applicants filing for adjustment of status in the US and those applying via consular processing. However,…

  3. Important Considerations When Switching Jobs And Filing I-485, Supp J.

    For employment-based candidates, switching jobs during the green card process is possible, once the I-485 has been pending for 180 days, without having to go through the arduous PERM process and I-140 filing. The portability rules allow an applicant to switch jobs once the I-485 has been pending for 180 days as long as the…

  4. PERMs and Audits

    PERM is an acronym for the “Program Electronic Review Management” system established under the Department of Labor (DOL) regulations. It is by getting a PERM certified that a foreign national starts the process to become a lawful permanent resident through employment. This, consequently, launches the journey to U.S. citizenship. All employment-based permanent residency applications (green…

  5. DOL Takes A Second Run At Increasing Its Wages

    DOL is publishing its Prevailing Wage Rule on January 14, 2021.  This rule previously went into effect on October 8, 2020, without any notice and significantly increased the DOL wages.  For further details of this rule please refer to our previous article, published on October 9, 2020. https://www.patellegal.com/dols-interim-final-rule-implements-higher-prevailing-wage-rates/ After the above rule was published, we…

  6. USCIS Provides Clarity On How It Calculates A Child’s Age Under The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA)

    USCIS recently updated its policy manual regarding the CSPA, to provide clarity on how it calculates a child’s age and the “sought to acquire requirement.” The CSPA provides age-out protection for children who are affected by the delay in adjudicating applications.  Because of the long processing times the CSPA can prevent a child aging out…

  7. October 2020 Visa Bulletin Is Finally Out And It Is Good News!

    As many of you are already aware, the delayed October 2020 visa bulletin is finally out and it is good news.  This fiscal year, there are 261,500 employment-based visas, compared to the usual allotted 140,000.  This is as a direct result of an infusion of the unused family-based numbers from FY2020.  USCIS has also confirmed…

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  9. Premium Processing: Congress Increases The Fees And Expands The Immigration Petitions Eligible

    On October 1, 2020, Congress passed a new Bill (Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act was included in Division D, Title I of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act) increasing USCIS Premium Processing Fees from $1,440.00 to $2,500.00 for most cases. The good news is that the Bill also expands the immigration petitions…

  10. EB-1, EB-2, National Interest Waiver, And EB3

    For those considering obtaining a green card through employment-based means there are a number of options to consider. The vast majority of applicants typically file either an EB-2 or EB-3.  Historically, most candidates prefer EB-2, however, because of the large number of EB-2 filings there became a backlog and EB-3 became more of an attractive…

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