Immigration News Archive

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Visa Bulletin Final Action Dates Affect December eligibility


USCIS has confirmed it will only accept employment-based adjustment of status applications according to the Final Action Dates chart in the State Department’s December 2015 Visa Bulletin.

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Senators Oppose EB-5 Regional Center Reauthorization


In a letter to the Senate leaders, Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) opposed the reauthorization of the EB-5 Regional Center program as part of the appropriations bill for FY2016.

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Washington Post examines USCIS Transformation Project


G&A Managing Partner Vic Goel was quoted in a Washington Post article detailing the more than $1 billion USCIS has spent trying to develop a system of digitized records, online applications, and electronic records.

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Goel & Anderson Again Selected for "Best Law Firms"


Goel & Anderson has been selected for inclusion in the 2015-2016 "Best Law Firms" rankings issued by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®.

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Employment Agency Owner Charged with H-1B Fraud


The owner of a Los Angeles employment agency has been indicted on immigration fraud charges for allegedly filing more than 100 phony H-1B visa petitions.

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McDonald's Franchisee Pleads Guilty to I-9 Violation


A McDonald's franchisee in Kansas that pleaded guilty to knowingly accepting a fraudulent employment eligibility document agreed to pay a $300,000 fine and an additional $100,000 forfeiture judgment.

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DOL Proposes Major Changes to LCA Form


DOL proposes significant changes to the Labor Condition Application (Form ETA 9035) that will negatively impact privacy, work location flexibility, and LCA preparation lead times.

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EB-3 Improves; EB-2 Unchanged in August 2012 Visa Bulletin


Priority Date cutoffs improve by a few weeks in the EB-3 Professional and Skilled Worker category for all countries. EB-3 China advances by six weeks, but India and the Philippines advance just one week.

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Think Tank Analysis Finds Spike in L-1 and H-1 Denials


A newly released report found that USCIS has dramatically increased denials of L-1 and H-1B petitions over the past four years, despite no change in the law or relevant regulations in the same time period.

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March 2012 Visa Bulletin again moves EB-2 for India, China


As expected, EB-2 visa priority dates continued to improve for March 2012. The U.S. Department of State's March 2012 Visa Bulletin advanced the EB-2 priority cut-off dates for nationals of India and China to May 1, 2010.

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