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Chatting with Charlie Webinar Series

Former U.S. Department of State (DOS) Chief of Immigrant Visa Control Charlie Oppenheim is WR Immigration’s Director of Visa Consulting. Mr. Oppenheim leads two webinars each month in his “Chatting with Charlie” series regarding current visa issues and live reactions to the Visa Bulletin on LinkedIn. The Chatting with Charlie HR  Webinar Series assists companies and individuals with […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, find the latest news on H-2B visas, agricultural workers, I-765 fees, and much more! DOL Amends Regulations on Certification for Temporary/Seasonal Nonimmigrant Agricultural Workers Effective June 28, 2024, the Department of Labor (DOL) is amending its regulations governing certification of temporary employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal agricultural work and […]

April Global Immigration Update

WR Immigration’s April global immigration updates include the latest developments on Australia’s work visa category, Brazil’s e-visa requirements, new Canada entry requirements, and much more! Australia Australia is poised to adopt a new Skills in Demand work visa category. This category will have three pathways under which foreign nationals can qualify as follows: The government […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, find the latest news on Schedule A expansion, the H-1B Cap registration, EB-5 audit measures, and much more! Expansion of Schedule A, Group II Definition to Support STEM Talent In a significant development for employers and individuals involved in the STEM fields, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced an […]

My I-526E for an Investment in a Rural Project Has Been Approved in 3-4 Months – Now What?

By Joey Barnett The EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 (“RIA”) created new EB-5 reserved visa set-aside categories which allow certain visa bearing nonimmigrants lawfully in the U.S. to concurrently file an adjustment of status application on Form I-485 with the Form I-526E, Immigrant Petition by Regional Center Investor. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, find the latest news on H-2B Cap, Visa Final Action Dates, H-1B Registration, and much more! USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for Second Half of FY 2024, Announces Filing Dates for Supplemental Visas U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 8, 2024, that it has received enough petitions to meet the […]

5 Takeaways on EB-5 Visas from State Department’s FY 2023 Annual Report

By Joey Barnett The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) finally released its long-awaited Report of the Visa Office 2023 over the weekend.  In particular, we have been waiting for the release of Table V, which counts the full number of immigrant visa numbers issued in FY 2023 – both immigrant visas issued abroad by U.S. […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, find the latest news on E-Verify+ services, Premium Processing Fees, CIS Ombudsman tips, and much more! E-Verify to Pilot ‘Next Generation’ Service in Spring 2024 E-Verify announced on February 22, 2024, that it will launch its “next generation” service, E-Verify+, as a pilot in spring 2024. E-Verify said the “plus” in E-Verify+ […]

USCIS IMMIGRATION FILING FEES INCREASE EFFECTIVE APRIL 1

CONDITIONAL EB-5 PERMANENT RESIDENTS WHO FILE FORM I-829 REMOVAL OF PETITIONS BEFORE APRIL 1, 2024, CAN SAVE $5,775 By Joey Barnett This final rule increasing the government filing fee is effective April 1, 2024. Any benefit request postmarked on or after this date must be accompanied by the new fees established by this final rule. […]

Client Alert: USCIS Final Rule for FY 2025 H-1B Cap Registration

By Nathan Grow On February 2, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule titled Improving the H-1B Registration Selection Process and Program Integrity. The final rule, which will become effective March 4, 2024 focuses on enhancing integrity, reducing fraud, and ensuring fairness in beneficiary selection in this year’s H-1B lottery registration […]

Press Release: WR Immigration Announces New Denver Office Led by Partner Ceridwen Koski

Highlighting WR Immigration’s continued commitment to Journey Forward while providing our clients the best legal experience, we are pleased to announce the opening of our new Denver office led by law partner Ceridwen Koski. Ceri joins the WR Immigration team bringing her expertise and dedication to further enhance the firm’s commitment to providing top-notch immigration […]

Immigration Update

In this edition, find the latest news on DOS’ latest H-1B Guidance, DHS TPS and Student Relief, USCIS’ “Extraordinary Circumstances” and much more! DOS Provides Guidance, FAQs on Domestic Renewal of H-1B Visas for Certain Applicants The Department of State (DOS) has released guidance and frequently asked questions on its new pilot program to resume […]

5 Things to Know About the Proposed New EB-5 Filing Fee Increases

By Joey Barnett The White House received the final rule containing new USCIS fees on Monday, January 8, 2024, and the Final Fee Rule should be published within the next few weeks. USCIS has stated that a significant increase in immigration filing fees is necessary to costs and better manage its workload. Once published in […]