New USCIS Memo on I Visas

11/16/2015 Written by SRW Lawyers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the foreign information media representative nonimmigrant visa classification, commonly known as the “I” visa category.    Read More >

New Visa Bulletin Charts

9/11/2015 Written by SRW Lawyers

The USCIS has recently released an update to the Visa Bulletin.  Please review the following links for additional information. New Visa Bulletin Charts The Visa Bulletin will now have two different charts because of the revised procedures. DOS will post two charts per visa preference category in the DOS Visa Bulletin. The charts are: Application [...]Read More >

Expedited Naturalization Under INA §319(b)

8/12/2015 Written by SRW Lawyers

Last week, I had the privilege of watching my client, a Thai national, become a U.S. citizen. She was administratively sworn in at the USCIS Buffalo Office by the Field Director after being approved for expedited naturalization under INA §319(b). She walked into the USCIS Buffalo Office as a conditional lawful permanent resident and about [...]Read More >

USCIS Publishes More Info on H-4 Work Authorization

5/21/2015 Written by SRW Lawyers

USCIS has released the following information on the new rule allowing employment authorization for certain H-4 visa holders: • Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Web page • Frequently Asked Questions Eligible H-4 visa holders may not apply for employment authorization under this rule until May 26, 2015. If a Form I-765 is filed [...]Read More >

Report Shows Difficulty of Obtaining L-1B Visas

3/19/2015 Written by SRW Lawyers

A new report sheds light on how difficult it is to obtain an L-1B visa lately. (The L-1B visa is used to transfer workers with “specialized knowledge” from a company’s foreign office to its U.S. affiliate.) A National Foundation for American Policy report has found that the USCIS denial rate for L-1B visa petitions has increased [...]Read More >