Consulates May Waive Visa Interviews for Certain Renewals

As part of its efforts to accommodate applicants impacted by the covid pandemic and speed up its case backlog, the Department of State has been allowing some nonimmigrant visa interviews to be waived since August 2020. Before Covid, consular officers may waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification as long as the previous...

USCIS is Responding Quickly to Service Request Inquiry

We have been posting about the on-going delays affecting numerous case types since October 2020. USCIS Receipt Delays and Its Impact on Employment VerificationCIS Ombudsman Provides Case Assistance on Receipt Delays, Biometrics Appointment, EAD delaysUpdate on the Receipt Notice DelaysUSCIS Receipt Notice Update: N-400USCIS Receipt Notice Update: Final Two I-485 Receipt Notices Received (4...

USCIS Receipt Delays and Its Impact on Employment Verification

As we have been posting recently, USCIS is experiencing record delays in issuing receipt notices of various applications. We just finally received all receipt notices in connection with I-485 employment based applications in October 2020 (a 4 month wait!). It does not seems like the situation is improving as we are continuing to receive various receipt notices that are 2 to 3 months late. The...

USCIS Receipt Notice Update: Final Two I-485 Receipt Notices Received (4 months late)

Update April 2, 2021 We are now receiving EAD/AP approvals from I-485 EB applications filed in October. USCIS processing time for EAD and AP have also been updated recently to reflect the current processing timeframe. You may initiate service inquiry if EAD/AP is pending outside of the posted time frame. Update March 18, 2021 We have now received a substantial number of Biometrics Appointment...

Fast H-1B Approval Without Premium

Current H-1B processing time frame is about 5 months to over a a year. It is therefore common for beneficiaries to request or ask about premium processing. Premium processing costs $2,500 and guarantees adjudication within 15 business days. Please note that adjudication means approval, RFE, or denial. Given the high rate of RFEs, the likelihood of receiving an RFE after requesting for premium...

CIS Ombudsman Provides Case Assistance on Receipt Delays, Biometrics Appointment, EAD delays

The CIS Ombudsman has issued an update regarding its services for case assistance. Receipt Delays If more than 90 days have passed since you filed a petition/application with USCIS, you may submit a request for case assistance with the CIS Ombudsman, and our office will reach out to USCIS to resolve your issue. If less than 90 days have passed since you filed a petition/application with USCIS,...

H-4 EAD is Here to Stay

In response to Ron Klain's Memo to delay all “midnight regulations”, the proposed rule “Removing H-4 dependent spouses from the class of aliens eligible for employment authorization” will not only be delayed but completely withdrawn by the Department of Homeland Security. Although many may now breath a sigh of relief, the current processing time for H-4 EAD is still a huge impediment....

Additional Time Added for Responding to USCIS notices

Update Post 03/24/2021 In an effort to extend accommodations in light of Covid, USCIS continues to allow additional time for responding to certain requests and notices. 60 days are added to the due date for the following if the insurance date is between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, inclusive: Requests for Evidence;Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);Notices of Intent to Deny;Notices of...

Update on the Receipt Notice Delays

Due to significant visa number movements in October 2020 which opened the door to a record influx of Green Card applications and the ongoing Covid Pandemic, USCIS has been slow in issuing receipt notices of petitions and applications. Even to this month, we have been receiving receipt notices for I485, I765, I131 that were filed in October 2020 although only a few remain outstanding. The...