Tag: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

  1. USCIS Policies Lead to High Denial Rates for L-1B Petitions

    The L-1B nonimmigrant visa program is regularly utilized by companies to transfer employees with specialized knowledge from foreign countries to the United States. According to a recent analysis, the program continues to experience significant denial rates, raising questions about the underlying causes of the phenomenon.  L1-B Visa Program The L1-B Visa Program allows employers to transfer certain nonimmigrant employees from foreign offices to offices within the United READ MORE READ MORE

  2. Amidst Ongoing Labor Shortage, USCIS Processing Delays Prevent Noncitizens from Work

    While a labor shortage continues to affect critical industries in the United States, over one million noncitizens eagerly await the U.S. government to issue their work permits. Despite many already losing their jobs, U.S. immigration officials continue to struggle to address the significant backlog of immigration cases.  The Labor Shortage In the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly everything in our lives. Among those disruptions READ MORE READ MORE

  3. Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Work Authorization Extended for Certain Immigrants; DHS to Implement House Arrest for Some Noncitizens; Republican Offers New Citizenship Bill

    Federal Government Will Extend Length of Work Authorization for Some Immigrants The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has announced plans to increase the validity length of work authorization cards for certain immigrant classifications. This is an effort to reduce the times that immigrant workers would need to file the applications. USCIS is currently facing an enormous backlog of nearly 4 million applications, leading to inordinately long delays READ MORE READ MORE

  4. Immigration Weekly Round-Up: President Biden Reauthorizes Immediate Expulsion of Noncitizens at U.S./Mexico Border; USCIS Seeks Additional Resources to Reduce Visa Backlogs; U.S. Organizations Look Abroad for Needed Healthcare Workers

    United States Continues Controversial Border Policy The Biden Administration decided this week to continue a policy implemented by the Trump administration that authorized the rapid deportation of noncitizens stopped at the U.S./Mexico, citing safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 1.5 million people have been expelled under this program without the opportunity to apply for any form of relief. This measure permits U.S. border officials to READ MORE READ MORE

  5. USCIS Issues New Policy Guidance for O-1B Visas

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) recently issued policy guidance to clarify how to determine the appropriate visa classification for persons of extraordinary ability in the arts. Given the massive changes in the entertainment industry in the past year, including the increasing popularity of internet and streaming services, this guidance provides essential insight for those seeking to understand the nuances of O-1B nonimmigrant visas and determine READ MORE READ MORE