Authors: Ashik Jahan

Written by: Ashik Jahan, Esq., and Cody Hendrix USCIS has placed a temporary suspension on premium processing services for fiscal year 2021 cap H-1B Petitions. This means that petitioners will not be able to request nor file for premium processing when USCIS begins accepting H-1B petitions on April 1, 2020. USCIS will not begin accepting premium processing for cap petitions again until at least June 29, 2020. Any request

Written by Ashik Jahan, Esq. and Cody Hendrix USCIS has issued a statement informing immigrants who get tested or treated for COVID-19 that they will not be punished when seeking immigration benefits under the new public charge rule that was ushered in by the Trump Administration and went into effect on February 24, 2020.  Under this rule, government officials may deny permanent legal status to immigrants they deem likely

Written by: Ashik R. Jahan With growing fears concerning spreading of the global pandemic, COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the U.S. has barred entry into the U.S. from non-U.S. citizens in the European Union’s Schengen Area.  People who have visited this area in the previous two weeks, regardless of nationality, are also barred.  The Schengen Area includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein,

Written by: Ashik R. Jahan As of December 26, 2019, Liberian immigrants that have been in the United States since November 20, 2014 may be eligible for permanent legal status. The Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (LRIFA) is a special law that allows Liberian nationals who have lived in the United States during this period to apply for an “adjustment of status” to that of a legal permanent resident

Written by: Ashik Jahan, Esq. USCIS H-1B Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B Cap Season Electronic Registration System Overview The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on December 6, 2019 that its new electronic process for petitioning employers seeking to file H-1B regular cap and/or master's cap (advanced degree exemption) petitions for the fiscal year 2021 will officially begin on March 1, 2020.  The initial registration period will run from March

Written by: Ashik Jahan, Esq. Immigrant Investor Program The Immigrant Investor Program, commonly known as EB-5, was established to stimulate the U.S. economy by giving foreign entrepreneurs the opportunity to permanently live and work in the U.S. after investing in an American commercial enterprise. Recently, USCIS has raised the required $500,000/$1 million minimum investment requirement to $900,000/$1.8 million. The new rule also changes how Targeted Employment Areas (TEAs) are identified

Written by: Ashik R. Jahan, Esq.  President Donald Trump issued a proclamation earlier this month that will require immigrants to prove they can obtain health insurance before they can immigrate to, or obtain permanent residency in, the United States.  The presidential proclamation will not affect refugees, asylum seekers or people on temporary visitor visas, but requires other intending immigrants to demonstrate they will have health insurance within 30 days

By:  Ashik Jahan, Esq. and Dorothea Hockel U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule that makes a number of significant changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The EB-5 program allows individuals to apply for a Green Card in the United States if they make an investment in a corresponding U.S. area and create, or preserve, 10 full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers. The  final rule

Written by: Ashik Jahan, Esq. and Dorthea Hockel The U.S. Department of State has recently released the new Visa Bulletin for August 2019, which shows a substantial retrogression in family and employment based categories. The most noticeable change in the Final Action Dates can be seen in the employment-based (EB) categories. The EB-3 worldwide category will retrogress to July 1, 2016, and for applicants born in India it will retrogress

By: Ashik R. Jahan, Esq. & Bara Ahmad The State Department recently implemented a new policy that requires all visa applicants to provide information about all social media accounts the applicant has been active on over the past five years. Previously, visa applicants were required to provide the U.S. government with information regarding their address history, employment history, travel history, as well as family member information. Requiring visa applicants