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Visa Bulletin – Filing Date vs Final Action Dates? How does it work?

In Green Card by KumarUpdated : 7 Comments

As many of you know, the October 2020 Visa Bulletin is out and there is some significant movement of priority dates in Employment based category for EB3, especially for Indian nationals under the “Dates for Filing” chart. There was some confusion created by USCIS first telling you need to use the “Final Action Date” and later updating that you can …

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Changes to H1B, PERM Wage Levels – Rule Withdrawn [Oct 2020]

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 6 Comments

US Department of Labor submitted a new regulation that is aimed at changing the H1B and PERM Wage Levels. It was submitted on, September 16th to OMB for review. Ultimately, it was withdrawn on Sep 30th. Below article covers all the details of the same in this article. Latest Update : Rule Withdrawn by US Dept of Labor October 7th, …

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DHS submits Strengthen H1B Visa Rule to OMB as Interim Final Rule

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 11 Comments

The long awaited DHS regulation that has been on Spring 2020 Regulatory agenda under H1B category was submitted to OMB for review today under “Interim Final Rule” stage.  Many of you may wonder, what does this “interim final rule” stage mean and what impact it can have on H1B program, including option for lawsuit in court. In this article, we …

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H1B 2021 RFE: F1 Maintenance of Status (STEM OPT), Approval Docs

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 2 Comments

Most of the users, who were lucky in this year’s H1B Registration Lottery  would have applied H1B Visa 2021 petition with USCIS. As per USCIS 2020 Report, there were about 35% of H1B petitions that ended up in Request for Evidence (RFE). One of our readers, who applied for H1B 2021 petition as Change of Status, received an RFE that …

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US Visa Dropbox Eligibility Changed to 24 months, until Dec 31

In US Immigration - Visas by KumarUpdated : 62 Comments

US Visa Stamping at Consulates usually involves in-person interview, unless you qualify for the Interview Waiver Eligibility, which is popularly called as Dropbox Visa Appointment. In many cases, US Visa Dropbox Appointment is a must, if you are eligible for it.   In light of COVID and safety of everyone, US Department of State has announced small change in eligibility criteria …

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USCIS Biometrics Appointment Experience at ASC during COVID

In H4 Visa by KumarUpdated : 24 Comments

As most of you know, Biometrics is required as part of the New I-539 form and you need to visit Application Support Center (ASC) for the same. Before COVID-19, it was a very straightforward process, but since COVID-19, USCIS has given many updates  that also includes changes to process on how they handle Biometrics. As this is new, many are …

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USCIS I-9 Verification – EAD Production Delays, Use Approval Notice

In Uncategorized, US Immigration - Visas by KumarUpdated : 2 Comments

Today, there were two announcements, one by ICE that extends I-9 verification flexibility days until Sep 19th, second one by USCIS on EAD card flexibility for I-9 compliance. This is due to the delays with EAD ( Employment Authorization Document) Card Production by USCIS. In this article, we will look at the background and the news update, including who all …

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H1B, L1 US Entry Ban News – New Exceptions for Stamping, Travel (Aug 2020)

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 120 Comments

As most of you know, on June 22, 2020, Trump issued a Proclamation banning entry of H1B, L1 and other visa holders who present risk to US  labor market. There were some amendments done and clarifications provided after initial order to allow certain dependents.  There were few lawsuits filed on this entry ban, including support by Google, Apple, Facebook on …