Tag Archives: immigration

  1. Schedule A occupations

    There are certain occupations that the Department of Labor (DOL) has pre-certified, which means that the DOL accepts that there are not a sufficient number of qualified and available U.S. workers. The following Schedule A occupations have been predetermined by the DOL: Group I-Physical Therapists and Nurses; and Immigrants of exceptional Ability in the sciences…

  2. 2021: A Year in Review

    Staying on top of the ever-shifting sands of Immigration is no easy task. While 2021 did not see the kind of drastic changes which we saw in the previous 4 years under the Trump administration, there were still significant changes, nonetheless. For the immigration community, most of these changes were much more favorable, especially for…

  3. An Overview of the H-1B Process

    The H-1B visa is one of the most utilized visas by employers to bring foreign talent to the U.S. The H-1B program is intended to allow employers to hire foreign workers temporarily, where such skills cannot be found domestically. The H-1B program is available for specialty occupation workers and fashion models of distinguished merit and…

  4. DHS Agrees To Allow H-4 And L-2 Applicants To Qualify For 180-Day Automatic EAD Extension As Part Of Settlement

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has now agreed to a settlement after the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Partners, filed a Federal Lawsuit claiming, that the prohibition on qualifying H-4 and L-2 applicants benefits from the 180-day extension, was unlawful. For details of our original article please click the following link: https://www.patellegal.com/aila-files-lawsuit-claiming-h-4-and-l-2-ead-should-qualify-for-180-day-automatic-extension/ The…

  5. What To Expect During A Marriage-Based Interview?

    So having filed your immigration paperwork with USCIS and after enduring the prolonged processing times USCIS has now sent you a notice asking you to appear for an interview. So, what can you expect? Clients often ask me how they can prepare for an interview and want a set list of questions; however, there is…

  6. Interfiling Versus Filing A New I-485 In Order To Switch Employment Categories

    By now most people are familiar with the concept of filing a downgrade application from EB-2 to EB-3.  However, last October so many applicants filed downgrades, that the demand for EB-3 green cards, has far exceeded the number available, resulting in severe retrogression, especially for EB-3 India. In November 2021, EB-3 India dates retrogressed by…

  7. Travel Ban To Be Lifted Starting November 8, 2021

    The White House recently announced the lifting of the travel ban, which has barred tens of thousands of foreign travelers from entering the U.S.  Instead, the U.S. will require foreign travelers to provide proof of vaccination prior to departure. Our original article on this can be found at: https://www.patellegal.com/biden-administration-to-lift-travel-ban-and-allow-vaccinated-travelers-to-enter-the-u-s/ Further details of the new travel…

  8. November Visa Bulletin Disappoints, Especially For EB-3 Applicants

    The November visa bulletin was just released and has left many applicants disappointed, especially those who filed a downgrade from EB-2 to EB-3. However, this was to be expected, based on Charlie Oppenheim’s comments during his last YouTube video, as well as the comments at the bottom of last month’s visa bulletin. Charlie confirmed, during…

  9. AILA Files Lawsuit Claiming H-4 And L-2 EAD Should Qualify For 180- day Automatic Extension

    USCIS processing times continue to increase for the majority of applications and have only been made worst by the ongoing pandemic, resulting in the agency being heavily understaffed.  This is especially true for H-4 and L-2 EAD applicants.  Because of the long processing times and the fact that these categories of work authorization are not…

  10. Biden Administration To Lift Travel Ban And Allow Vaccinated Travelers To Enter The U.S.

    For the past 18 months, COVID-19 had wreaked havoc all over the world and has limited the entry of certain travelers into the U.S. With Consulate closures and travel bans, entering the U.S. has been particularly difficult for non-immigrants, especially those who require visa stamping. With limited appointments available and often the need to apply…

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