On February 02, 2021, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued 208 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) under the Skills Immigration (SIBC) and Express Entry (EEBC) categories to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. These streams are intended for workers or international...

Washington, D.C., February 5, 2021: Does filing I-485 Adjustment of Status (“AOS”) cure the denial of an H-1B extension that occurred prior to filing AOS? The answer, according to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California is, sadly, “no”. Lawful Visa Status and Period of...

Why is there an H-1B Visa Lottery? Annually, USCIS issues a maximum of 65,000 new H-1Bs, plus 20,000 H1Bs reserved persons holding a Master’s or Ph.D. from a U.S. university. The popularity of the H-1B visa program is great. Recent data confirms that annual demand for new H-1B visas more than double,...

Washington, D.C., February 2, 2021: Tonight, President Biden issued an executive order requiring the U.S. Government to engage in an “immediate” review of the “Public Charge Rule” that requires immigrants to the U.S. to show that they have the financial means to pay for the...

Washington, D.C., February 2, 2021: The EB-5 Regional Center program was renewed until June 30, 2021 as part of the last continuing resolution passed by Congress and approved by former President Trump to keep the US Government operating. This type of continuing resolution has been used...

Washington, D.C., February 2, 2021: President Biden is expected to announce today that The White House will initiate a broad review of President Trump’s border measures. Among President Trump's most controversial measures were the family separation policy, the policy of requiring asylum applicants to wait in...

Washington, D.C., January 31, 2021: In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is extending a measure adopted nearly a year ago to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to requests for evidence (RFEs), notices of...

Washington, D.C., January 29, 2021: Recently, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s regulation that created the Optional Practical Training Program (known also by its initials, OPT). The OPT program allows qualifying students in the United States on...



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