Visa Bulletin October 2017

The Employment-Based, Second Preference (“EB-2”) Classification is current for many green card applicants under the October 2017 Visa Bulletin.

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) publishes current immigrant visa availability information in a monthly Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin indicates when statutorily limited visas are available for issuance to prospective immigrants based on their individual priority date. The EB-2 category for many countries is current. The EB-2 category includes professionals holding advanced degrees, or persons of exceptional ability in the arts, sciences, or business or National Interest Waiver applicants.

Continue reading

Are you eligible for a national interest waiver (“NIW”) green card?

New legal framework regarding National Interest Waiver (“NIW”) adjudication by USCIS makes it easier for individuals to obtain green card through the NIW process.

Are you considering filing for a green card based on your employment in the United States? Does the PERM process seem to complex or overly burdensome? If you have an advanced U.S. degree, and you are doing important work in the U.S., you may want to consider the national interest waiver. The USCIS administrative appeals office recently made it easier to qualify for a waiver of the labor certification (PERM) by clarifying the requirements for the national interest waiver (EB-2) green card.

Porter Law Office, LLC has experience with preparing and filing national interest waiver petitions. We are a boutique immigration law firm that guides employers and employees in Columbus, Ohio and throughout the United States through the complicated procedures involved in employment based immigration. Contact Columbus, Ohio green card lawyer at Porter Law Office, LLC to discuss your national interest waiver case.

Continue reading

Starting July 24, 2017, USCIS will resume H-1B premium processing for cap-exempt petitions

20160624 - USCISLogoEnglishU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) announced on July 24, 2017 that it will resume H-1B premium processing for cap-exempt petitions. To qualify, the petitioner must be (1) an institution of higher education; (2) a nonprofit related to or affiliated with such institution; or (3) a nonprofit research or governmental research organization. H-1B premium processing will also resume for petitions filed for beneficiaries employed at a qualifying cap-exempt institution, organization, or entity.

Continue reading

EB-2 PERM – Employer Sponsored Green Card | Legal Framework

EB-2 PERM attorney columbus ohio immigration lawyer

EB-2 PERM Process under Subparagraph (A) of section 203(b)(2) of the INA

Green Card Processing under EB-2

Porter Law Office, LLC guides employers and employees in Columbus, Ohio and throughout the United States through the complicated procedures involved in the PERM green card process. The typical method by which employers permanently hire foreign nationals is to secure temporary work visas—such as H-1B visas—and then sponsor that worker for a green card through PERM. If you have an advanced degree, you may eligible to fast-track your green card processing through the EB-2 category.

Continue reading

H-1B Visa Petition Filings Decrease to Pre-2014 Levels

Even though the H-1B visa cap was reached in only 4 days this year, the total number of H-1B visa petitions filed dropped for the first time in 5 years.

In fact, the number of H-1B visa petitions filed dropped below 200,000 for the first time since 2014 signaling a shift in the demand for the controversial visa. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is going to sign an executive order that may significantly overhaul the H-1B program. It is colloquially named “Buy American, Hire American.” The administration believes the H-1B program is undercutting U.S. workers.

The experienced immigration attorney at Columbus, Ohio-based Porter Law Office, LLC has in depth experience with securing immigration benefits including H-1B visa petition filings. If you need assistance with an H-1B visa, contact the business immigration lawyer at Porter Law Office, LLC in Columbus, Ohio today.

Continue reading

H-1B Visa Cap for Fiscal Year 2018 Reached on April 7, 2017

ALERT—USCIS announced on 4/7/17 that it has reached the H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2018 for both regular and master’s cap petitions.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced today that it has reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018 and it received enough H-1B visa petitions to meet the 20,000 so called “master’s cap”. What this means is that unselected petitions will now be returned with filing fees to the petitioning employer or immigration counsel’s office.

Continue reading

Analysis of Trump’s New Executive Order on Immigration

President Trump signed a new executive order on immigration policy. Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, John Kelly, issued a statement on March 6, 2017 that lauded the president’s efforts with respect to this order.

Executive Order on Immigration attorney columbus ohio immigration lawyer

New Executive Order on Immigration Explained

The order is titled, “Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” and the order can be here.

As an immigration lawyer in Columbus, Ohio, who has studied Trump’s executive order on immigration, the order’s stated policy is to revoke his previous order (Executive Order 13769) and replace it with this order. The difference between the two is that the most recent order expressly excludes from the suspensions categories of aliens that have prompted judicial concerns and which clarifies or refines the approach to certain other issues or categories of affected aliens.

If you have questions about Trump’s executive orders on immigration, contact the Columbus, Ohio based boutique immigration law firm to speak with an immigration attorney today.

Continue reading

On April 3, 2017, USCIS to Temporarily Suspend H-1B Premium Processing

ALERT—USCIS recently announced that it will no longer accept H-1B premium processing petitions starting April 3, 2017.

H-1B Premium Processing attorney columbus ohio immigration lawyer

USCIS Suspends H-1B Premium Processing as of April 3, 2017

This suspension affects all H-1B cases filed under the upcoming regular or master’s cap. USCIS anticipates the “premium processing” suspension to last “up to six months” while it catches up on long-pending petitions. These include H-1B extension cases that are nearing the 240 day mark.

The experienced immigration attorney at Columbus, Ohio-based Porter Law Office, LLC has in depth experience with securing immigration benefits including H-1B visas.

If you need assistance with an immigration matter or an H-1B premium processing case, contact the business immigration lawyer at Porter Law Office, LLC in Columbus, Ohio today.

Continue reading

New H1B Visa Fees and USCIS Fee Increases

Effective December 23, 2016, USCIS has increased fees for most immigration forms, including increase H1B visa fees.

h1b visa fees lawyer columbus ohio immigration attorney

USCIS Increases Fees for Immigration Forms

For any immigration benefit sought after December 23, 2016, the following new fees are required or your petition or application will be rejected by USCIS. The H-1B visa fees have increased from $325 to $460.

The experienced immigration attorney at Columbus, Ohio-based Porter Law Office, LLC has in depth experience with securing immigration benefits including H1B visas.

If you need assistance with an immigration matter or an H-1B visa, contact the business immigration lawyer at Porter Law Office, LLC in Columbus, Ohio today.

Continue reading