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Registration for the Annual Green Card Lottery Ends November 6, 2018

The Department of State just announced that the online registration for the annual Green Card lottery, formally referred to as the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program 2020 (DV 2020), will begin at 12 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT–4), Wednesday, October 3, 2018, and end at 12 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT–5), Tuesday, November 6, 2018. We recommend registering as soon as possible because the DOS website slows down or freezes due to very heavy traffic towards the end of the registration period.

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USCIS Publicly Discusses Policy Updates on RFEs and NOIDs in Stakeholder Call.

USCIS held a call last week on September 6, 2018, to publicly explain its updated policy on when it could deny petitions or applications without first issuing a Request for Evidence (“RFE”) or Notice of Intent to Deny (“NOIDs”).  The new policy took effect this week on September 11, 2018, and will apply to applications and petitions received by USCIS on or after September 12, 2018. 

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May 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its May 2018 Visa Bulletin.  For the most part, priority dates for employment-based categories remain the same from last month’s visa bulletin. The Employment-Based (“EB”)-1 category for Chinese nationals advanced by one month from April’s dates while the EB-3 category for Indian nationals moved forward by 3 months. 

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Paying USCIS Filing Fees with Credit Cards: Agency Provides More Guidance

Earlier this week, USCIS provided guidance on how to pay for government filing fees with credit cards.  Last month (February 2017), USCIS began accepting credit card payments for 41 fee-based forms processed at USCIS Lockbox facilities. Applicants must use Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transaction and may pay with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover.

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USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Cases

USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all FY 2019 cap-subject petitions effective April 2, 2018.  This suspension is expected to last until Sept. 10, 2018.   USCIS will continue to accept premium processing requests for H-1B petitions that are not subject to the FY 2019 cap, such as extensions and change of employer petitions.

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April 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State (DOS) has released the April 2018 Visa Bulletin.  Most notably, the Employment-Based (“EB”)-1 category for Indian and Chinese nationals retrogresses dramatically from current to January 1, 2012.  EB-2 and EB-3 for Chinese nationals, and EB-3 for Indian and Filipino nationals make significant advances while EB-2 for Indians holds steady.

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