Individuals From Hong Kong May Apply For Employment Authorization Through 02/05/2023

Update Post January 26, 2023 On Jan. 26, 2023, President Biden announced the extension of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for eligible Hong Kong residents for 2 years. Eligible Hong Kong residents include those who have arrived in the United States since Aug. 2021, as well as those who were covered under the initial decision. Eligible residents may also apply for EAD. Original Post October...

USCIS May Lose Your RFE Response

Yes, it's true that your filings may get lost after they've been delivered to USCIS. In our experience, it's extremely rare for USCIS to lose a package after it has been delivered to its facility. Oftentimes, it's the carrier that may have lost/damaged the package while on route to USCIS. This may happen due to no fault of anyone such as extreme weather or a car accident. For time-sensitive...

Tip Sheet On How To Communicate with the USCIS Contact Center More Effective

The CIS Ombudsman has released a guide to help customers better navigate the USCIS Contact Center. Helpful tips include: When does it make sense to reach out to the USCIS Contact Center?What else can I do in my online account to bypass the USCIS Contact Center?How can I make sure I get my call returned?How can I make sure I don’t miss a return call?What constitutes an emergency?I need to...

I-140 Processing Time

The processing times here generally cover PERM-based I-140s. EB-1a, EB-1b, and EB-2 NIW will be highlighted in other posts. Update 12/01/2022 Sample I-140 approval from TSC showing a continued trend toward faster adjudication. This one took less than a month. Update 09/26/2022 Some recent samples showing processing times from 1 to 7 months. The trend is toward faster adjudication. Update...

H-1B Processing Update

We are starting a new post to track the processing timeframes of non-premium H-1B cases. Please check out a related post on Fast H-1B Approval Without Premium. Update 02/06/2023 Slight improvement in processing times. Some recent samples showing 5 months among extension cases which also include transfers and amendments. Update 01/27/2023 Still at 6 months at Vermont involving extensions. Update...

May Need a New Medical Exam If the Civil Surgeon is No Longer Listed

This is a situation where the reviewing officer's discretion plays a significant role. USCIS has a tool on its website that lists all the civil surgeons in the US who are authorized to complete the I-693 medical exam. Applicants would go to the online tool, search for a civil surgeon near where they live, set up an appointment, and complete the medical exam. The sealed medical exam report...