Fast Processing, Affordable Fees, Personal Service. 2017-11-17T20:20:37Z Marc Taylor <![CDATA[USCIS Policy Memorandum 10/23/17. USCIS is no longer giving deference to a prior approval at the time of an extension.]]> 2017-10-24T13:15:15Z 2017-10-24T13:15:15Z As of 10/23/2017 USCIS is no longer giving deference to a prior approval at the time of an extension.

This applies to all non-immigrant visa petitions (H-1B, L-1, H-3, TN, etc.).

Marc Taylor <![CDATA[USCIS H-1B direct filing addresses Changes, effective November 11, 2017]]> 2017-10-25T13:32:54Z 2017-10-24T13:06:32Z On October 12, 2017, USCIS will change the direct filing addresses for certain petitioners of the H-1B Visa. The changes are as follows:

  • Petitioners will now file Form I-129 according to the state where the company or organization’s primary office is located. Previously, petitioners filed Form I-129 based on the beneficiary’s temporary employment or training location.
  • Petitioners located in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas will now file Form I-129 at the California Service Center.

Starting November 11, 2017, USCIS may reject Form I-129s that are filed at the wrong service center.

Please see the Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker page to determine where to file your H-1B petition.

Marc Taylor <![CDATA[New USCIS Form I-765 Streamlines Process to Obtain EAD and SSN at the same time]]> 2017-10-05T14:52:10Z 2017-10-05T14:52:10Z Release Date: Oct. 2, 2017 – WASHINGTON – Based on a new information-sharing partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), foreign nationals in certain categories or classifications can now apply for work authorization and a social security number using a single form – the updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.

To lawfully work in the United States, foreign workers in some categories and classifications need both an employment authorization document (EAD) from USCIS, and a Social Security number (SSN) from the SSA. Previously, applicants needed to submit a Form I-765 to USCIS for an EAD, and then submit additional paperwork in-person at their local Social Security office to obtain an SSN.

The revised USCIS form includes additional questions that allow applicants to apply for an SSN or replacement card without visiting a Social Security office. Starting today, USCIS will transmit the additional data collected on the form to the SSA for processing. Moving forward, applicants who receive their approved EADs from USCIS should receive their Social Security card from SSA within the following two weeks.

EADs serve as documentation to show employers that an individual is authorized to work in the U.S. for a specific time period. SSNs are used to report wages to the government, and to determine an individual’s eligibility for certain benefits. USCIS encourages all U.S. employers to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires through E-Verify.

Marc Taylor <![CDATA[Amended H-1B Client Approval – 95 Days]]> 2017-10-03T20:35:38Z 2017-10-03T20:35:38Z We filed an (amended) H-1B petition with USCIS on 6/15/2017 and received the approval notice on 9/18/2017.

USCIS Filing Date: 6/15/2017

USCIS Approval Date: 9/18/2017

Processing time from USCIS Filing to Approval:

USCIS #: EAC-17-185-52238

Marc Taylor <![CDATA[I-751 Client Approval – 10 months, 29 days]]> 2017-10-03T20:32:57Z 2017-10-03T20:17:52Z We filed an I-751 petition with USCIS on 9/12/2017 and received the approval notice on 8/10/2017.

USCIS Filing Date: 9/12/2017

Biometrics Appointment Notice: 9/30/2016

USCIS Approval Date: 8/10/2017

Processing time from USCIS Filing to Approval: 10 months, 29 days

USCIS #: EAC-16-348-00291

Marc Taylor <![CDATA[National Interest Waiver Approval – 58 days]]> 2017-10-03T19:52:44Z 2017-10-03T19:34:44Z We filed a National Interest Waiver (NIW) petition with USCIS on 5/30/2017 and received the approval notice on 7/27/2017.

USCIS Filing Date: 5/30/2017

USCIS Approval Date: 7/27/2017

Processing time from USCIS Filing to Approval: 58 Days

USCIS #: SRC-17-905-18361

Marc Taylor <![CDATA[N-400 Client USCIS Approval – 3 Months, 30 Days]]> 2017-10-03T19:16:26Z 2017-10-03T19:16:26Z We filed a N-400 Application for Naturalization petition with USCIS on 5/16/2017 and received the oath ceremony notice on 9/5/2017.

USCIS Filing Date: 5/16/2017

Biometrics Notice Date: 5/21/2017

USCIS Approval Date: 9/5/2017

Processing time from USCIS Filing to Approval: 3 Months, 30 Days

USCIS #: NBC-006-853-807

Marc Taylor <![CDATA[CR-1 I-130 Petition Client Approval – 5 months, 21 Days]]> 2017-10-03T18:55:35Z 2017-10-03T18:55:35Z We filed a CR-1 I-130 petition with USCIS on 4/4/2017 and received the final approval notices on 9/25/2017.

USCIS Filing Date: 4/4/2017

USCIS Approval Date: 9/25/2017

Processing time from USCIS Filing to Approval: 5 months, 21 Days

USCIS #: YSC-17-901-70585

Marc Taylor <![CDATA[L-1A Visa Client Approval – 29 Days]]> 2017-10-03T18:45:13Z 2017-10-03T18:45:13Z We filed an L-1A visa petition with USCIS (regular processing, not premium processing) on 7/31/2017 and received the final approval notices on 8/29/2017.

USCIS Filing Date: 7/31/2017

USCIS Approval Date: 8/29/2017

Processing time from USCIS Filing to Approval: 29 Days

USCIS #: WAC-17-212-51068

Marc Taylor <![CDATA[PERM Labor Certification Client Approval – 96 Days]]> 2017-10-03T18:21:23Z 2017-10-03T18:21:23Z We filed a PERM Labor Certification petition with the DOL on 6/5/2017 and received the final approval notices on 9/29/2017.

PERM Filing Date: 6/5/2017

PERM Approval Date: 9/29/2017

Processing time from PERM Filing to Approval: 96 Days

PERM Case #: A-17153-45868