Pres. Obama Announces Executive Actions

Aggie Hoffman

President Obama has announced a series of executive actions on immigration: http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/ExecutiveActions/ExecActionFlier_En_Full.pdf USCIS is NOT yet accepting applications or requests for these initiatives. Visit www.uscis.gov/immigrationaction for information on when to submit a request. Avoid Scams: Beware of anyone who offers to help you submit an application or request at this time based on the President’s announcement—it may be an immigration scam. Visit www.uscis.gov/avoidscams for more details.

Visa Lottery Scams

Aggie Hoffman

The USCIS is cautioning Diversity Visa Program applicants not to interact with anyone other than the U.S. Department of State regarding the application process which is ongoing and ends on November 2, 2013. Be wary of fake emails, letters, text messages, and phone calls from possible scammers. Please visit https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ for official U.S. government information on the program. To learn more about other types of immigration scams, and how to avoid becoming a victim of a scam, please visit www.uscis.gov/avoidscams.

Online Change of Address

Aggie Hoffman

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has introduced a new version of its online tool that allows users to change their address more quickly and easily. The Change of Address tool is at www.uscis.gov. Users will simply complete a single form with questions that guide them through the process. In addition, the updated tool is now compatible with multiple Web browsers and confirms the change by email.

Jamie

Aggie Hoffman goes above and beyond the call of duty for an immigration lawyer. My case was especially challenging because it is extremely rare to get approval for a national interest waiver (EB-2) without a request for evidence, but due to Aggie’s stellar expertise, she handled every angle with magical precision and I received my waiver! Her grade is an A+ for my case and I add 10 plusses.

Aggie worked faster than I could fill in my own applications, which she also helped me with; she was always there for me at my side when I had a question or concern; she explained everything to me in simple terms if and when I became confused or worried. Overall, I received an outstanding professionalism and care in Aggie’s hands, which even included much-needed words of encouragement and reassurance along the way. Aggie Hoffman is the Michael Jordan of all lawyers in America HANDS DOWN!! Thank you so much Aggie!! I am eternally indebted.

H1-B & H2-B Updates

Aggie Hoffman

H-2B: USCIS announced that it has resumed processing all form I-129 H-2B visa petitions. This is in view of the Court Order in Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas et al v. Solis, 2:09-cv-00240-LDD (E.D. Pa) which declared that the four tier wage methodology rule of the U.S. Dept of Labor (DOL) in making a prevailing wage determination was not acceptable. Accordingly, DOL has published an Interim Final Rule, making required changes in line with the court’s opinion. H-1B visas for 2014: On April… [ Continue reading ]

SCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2014

Aggie Hoffman

Premium Processing for Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions to Begin April 15, 2013 WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 cap on Monday, April 1, 2013. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS receives a properly filed petition for which the correct fee has been submitted; not the date that the petition is postmarked. The cap (the numerical limitation on H-1B petitions) for FY 2014 is 65,000. In addition, the first… [ Continue reading ]