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January 2018 Visa Bulletin

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Department of State released the January 2018 Visa Bulletin. You can access the copy of the Visa Bulletin on the Department of State website here.Read More


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USCIS to Begin Accepting Applications under the International Entrepreneur Rule

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on December 14th, 2017 that it is taking steps to implement the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER), in accordance with a recent court decision.Read More


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H1B生效后,哪些变化要汇报移民局?

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如果你已经获得了H1B身份,首先恭喜你在H1B的申请道路上过关斩将,获得了自己的一席之地。宋和孟律师事务所的孟小洁律师提醒申请人,在获得H1B身份后,仍然要对自己的工作情况保持关注,对工作环境和职责的变化保持敏感,因为关于H1B职位的一些“重要变化”(Material Change),按要求是需要向移民局汇报,提交变更申请(Amendment)的。

如果H1B申请人发现自己的岗位发生了一些需要向移民局或者劳工部汇报的变化,那么保险起见,建议务必及时联系公司的HR或者H1B律师,确认一下是否是需要及时提交变更申请(Amendment)。在此,孟小洁律师为大家总结了几种常见的情况,希望帮助大家理解,什么时候可能要办理变更手续。

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December 2017 Visa Bulletin

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Department of State released the December 2017 Visa Bulletin. You can access the copy of the Visa Bulletin on the Department of State website here.Read More


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USCIS Has Resumed Premium Processing for All Petitioners Seeking H-1B Visas

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing on October 3rd, 2017, for all H-1B visa extension of stay petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions. Read More


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November 2017 Visa Bulletin

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Department of State released the November 2017 Visa Bulletin. You can access the copy of the Visa Bulletin on the Department of State website here.Read More


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10月起新增面试,职业移民如何应对?

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2017年10月1日起, 移民局将对美国境内所有申请身份转换(I-485)的职业移民,包括EB1/2/3,增加面试环节。

移民局新增面试环节已不新鲜。去年年初,在移民局表示打击EB5投资移民欺诈的时候,就提到过EB5的审理中要加入面试环节。宋和孟律师事务所曾撰文讨论,详情请见《移民局新年首场EB5会议,I-829阶段或将有面试》。

2017年9月28日,移民局就这次针对职业移民新增面试的一些执行细节召开了电话会议。宋和孟律师事务所参与了这次电话会议,在此和大家分享一下具体的讯息和准备策略。

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Reminder: USCIS Started Expanding In-Person Interviews for Certain Permanent Residency Applicants on October 1st, 2017.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on August 28th, 2017, that it will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain permanent residency applicants on October 1st, 2017. USCIS began to phase-in interviews for the following permanent residency applications:Read More


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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Cap-Subject H-1B Visa Cases

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap starting September 18th, 2017. Read More


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实地探访:移民局是如何运转的?

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2017年8月30日,宋和孟律师事务所的律师应邀拜访了位于Laguna Niguel的加州处理中心(California Service Center),参观了该中心的内部设施和运作,也参与了移民局及劳工部等多个政府部门的交流会。

美国境内一共有五大处理中心,各自承担不同类型和不同地区的移民申请审理职能。五大处理中心分别位于:California, Nebraska, Vermont, Texas, Potomac。粗略划分一下的话,Potomac审理家庭类的移民申请、学生的工作许可以及投资移民,Nebraska和Texas以审理家庭以及职业类的移民申请为主,而California和Vermont以审理非移民类的申请为主。也就是说,工作类的非移民申请,比如HL等申请,根据工作所在地区不同,会交由CaliforniaVermont处理中心来审理。因此,加州处理中心是工作类非移民申请的处理重地。

移民局向部分业内人士开放处理中心,一般最多一年一次。这是加州处理中心史上第四次开放参观,是了解移民局内部运行情况并与政府代表沟通的好机会。宋和孟律师事务所的律师今年再次拜访加州处理中心,除了加深对于移民局内部运作的了解外,也跟进了最近案件处理的一些动向,在此和大家分享。

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