Green Cards (Common)
National Interest Waivers
Professors & Researchers
Executives & Managers
PERM Labor Certification
Investors (EB-5 visas)
Family (Spouse, etc.)
Work Visas (Common)
O-1 Extraordinary Ability
TN Canadians & Mexicans
J-1 Visa Holders
Nurses & Physical Therapists
Read the 2007 news and information about immigration issues that affect you. We provide short summaries of the announcements, news and article about immigration to the United States. Many have links to more information on that topic.
Dec. 17, 2007
More Information from USCIS Regarding Security Check
July 17, 2007
USCIS announced this afternoon (07/17/07) that it has reversed its July 2 announcement
that the fiscal year 2007 employment based visa numbers had been used up and that it was going to refuse
to accept adjustment of status filings during July. Therefore, USCIS will now accept employment-based
application to adjust status filed by aliens whose priority dates are current under the July Visa
Bulletin, No. 107. USCIS will keep the applications filed and reopen filings for a 31-day period from
July 18 through August 17, 2007, in order to provide the same filing window people would have had if
the July 2 actions had not taken place. Filers will be able to pay the July filing fees during the entire window period.
July 12, 2007
On July 11, 2007 USCIS announced that the California Service Center has resolved the system problems
creating delays in issuance of I-797 approval notices. CSC is generating and mailing the delayed approval
notices, which customers can expect to receive by July 20, 2007.
July 2, 2007
Many have asked whether they should keep filing employment-based adjustment applications
in light of today's announcement by the Department of State that there will be no further authorizations of visa
numbers for employment preferences and the announcement by USCIS referenced above. This is, of course, a decision
each applicant must make and each attorney must advise in his or her best judgment. However, following are some
factors to keep in mind:
July 2, 2007
The Department of State announced today, that it has made "immediate adjustments" to "several
previously announced cut-off dates," and that it has notified USCIS that, as of today there will be no
further authorizations for use of employment-based numbers where the priority date is not current under
the revised visa bulletin. The DOS notice indicates that no further numbers will be available until until October 1.
The full news release is available here.
The revised visa bulletin is available here.
June 30, 2007
Peng & Weber received word from the American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA") on June 29 that
on Monday or Tuesday of next week the U.S. Department of State (DOS) is expected to issue a revised Visa
Bulletin for July 2007. This revised Visa Bulletin is expected to retrogress some or all of the employment-based
categories, very likely to the point of unavailable. Reports about unusual levels and types of activities by USCIS
indicate a particular push to adjudicate employment-based adjustments currently in the pipeline so as to exhaust visa
numbers for fiscal year 2007.
Jun. 09, 2007
OUSCIS has announced that its new, dramatically increased, fee schedule will take effect July 30, 2007.
To read the final rule on the new, increased fee schedule, click here.
To read the March 29, 2007, USCIS released Q & As on the new, increased fee schedule, click here.
To read the lists of the new, increased USCIS application fees effective July 30, 2007, click here.
May 11, 2007
On 5/8/07 USCIS answered questions from AILA regarding the H-1B Master's cap random lottery.
May 4, 2007
USCIS announced that it has received enough H-1B petitions
for foreign workers with a master's degree or higher from a U.S. institution
of higher education, requesting exemption from the FY 2008 H-1B cap, to meet
the congressionally mandated exemption limit of 20,000. USCIS determined that
the "final receipt date" for these exempt H-1B petitions is April 30, 2007.
Apr. 19, 2007
A 4/19/07 USCIS Update clarifies the status of receipts issued for H-1B petitions prior to
4/12/07. The Service underscores that the issuance of a receipt notice prior to conducting the computer-generated
random selection process has no correlation with whether a petition has been randomly selected for processing.
Apr. 19, 2007
Practice pointer regarding documentation of completion of requirement toward master's degree for
purposes of the H-1B U.S. master's exemption.
Apr. 17, 2007
Process for resubmitting to the Vermont Service Center H-1B petitions
for U.S. masters program graduates if they were improperly rejected. Information is
provided on potential reasons for rejection that are not considered inappropriate.
Apr. 16, 2007
On 4/9/07 American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA)
USCIS Service Center Operations (SCOPS) answered questions submitted by AILA
Liaison regarding cap-subject H-1Bs filed for FY 2008. Answers were cleared by SCOPS on 4/16/07 for distribution.
Apr. 13, 2007
The USCIS reports that the random selection
lottery was conducted on April 12, 2007. The Update states that those selected will receive
receipts. Members report receiving receipts prior to the running of the random selection
process. The USCIS has advised AILA that receipts dated on or before April 12, 2007, are
not to be considered evidence that the case was selected in the random selection process.
Apr. 12, 2007
USCIS recommends verifying cap-subject H-1B petition approvals received April 12, 2007, and earlier.
Apr. 10, 2007
USCIS has provided information on H-1B petitions received based on its
count through April 9, 2007, including specific information on US-earned masters degree
exception applications received.
Apr. 9, 2007
USCIS announced that the 15-day premium processing period for cap-subject
H-1Bs will not begin until after the random lottery has selected the petitions for processing.
Apr. 4, 2007
In early March, we pointed out that CIS was "preparing for the possibility that the
cap could be met on the first day." Unfortunately, CIS announced today that what everyone was fearing
has now occurred: the entire FY2008 H-1B quota was met on April 2, the very first day.
Mar. 12, 2007
A February 20, 2007 news release from USCIS indicates that USCIS no longer
requests the FBI to expedite a name check when the sole reason is federal litigation. The
current approved criteria for expediting an FBI name check are provided.
Mar. 1, 2007
"We are preparing for the possibility that the cap could be met on the first day," stated
Michael Aytes, Associate Director of the USCIS Domestic Operations Directorate of the U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services (CIS) in Washington, DC.
Jan. 12, 2007
On January 12, 2007, USCIS launched a web-based service that allows applicants to change their address. All non-citizens in the United States are required to keep USCIS informed of any change of address within 10 days of their move by completing a Form AR-11. An electronic Form AR-11 is now available. Residence Individuals with a pending immigration case should also notify USCIS of any change of address to ensure that they receive notices or decisions related to their case in a timely manner. Those individuals with pending Naturalization applications should continue to contact USCIS by telephone to report their change of address.