Executive Action – What is it good for? Quite possibly not much…

Jan 15, 2015

On November 20, 2014 President Barack Obama announced that he was signing an executive order and directing the US government to undertake certain initiative to address our complex immigration laws. These initiatives included: (1) expanding the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to people of any current age who entered the United States before the age of 16 and lived in the United States continuously since January 1, 2010, and extending the… Read More

Quota Season Opens April 1, 2014 – Do I qualify for the Master’s Cap?

Feb 11, 2014

On Tuesday April 1, 2014, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will open its doors and start accepting H-1B cap petitions for FY 2015. Every year, the regulations allow for a total of 85,000 brand new H-1B visas for cap subject applicants. Of these 85,000 available visa numbers, 20,000 visas are reserved for applicants who have earned a Master’s degree from a U.S. institution of higher education.   The regulations state that the H-1B Visa Reform Act of 2004, will treat…

Considering Downgrade I-140 from EB2 to EB3?

Jan 06, 2014

In recent months, there is significant cut-off dates movement for EB3 Category for individuals born in China. Starting from December 2013, EB-3 immigrant visa cut-off date is actually earlier than the EB-2 immigrant visa cut-off date, which means the EB-2 applicants must wait longer than EB-3 applicants among Chinese applicants. Therefore, Chinese nationals who have either a pending or an approved EB-2 I-140 petition would have a great interest to convert their EB-2 petition to EB3 petition if… Read More