Canadian Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

As a U.S. Permanent Resident, you do not need a visitor visa to travel to Canada. However, due to a recent change in the Canadian Laws pertaining to entry requirements, you are expected to have an eTA if you plan to fly to or transit through Canada. The new requirements were introduced in March 2016 […]

Meet Emma, the USCIS Virtual Assistant

Hello, Emma. While it is not Siri or Watson, USCIS has unveiled an attempt at modernization named “Emma.” Emma is a virtual assistant that allows customers to quickly find information about the immigration process on the USCIS website. Simply type a question and you will receive an answer in plain English and be directed to […]

News Update: Government Reopening

Updates on the Government Reopening U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Effective this morning, DOL’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (“OFLC”) began to accept and process Labor Condition Applications (LCAs), Applications for Prevailing Wage Determination, Applications for Temporary Employment Certification, and Applications for Permanent Employment Certification. OFLC’s web site, including the iCERT Visa Portal System, has […]

News Update: Impact of the Government Shutdown on Immigration

The U.S Government is on a partial shutdown… The U.S. government is on a partial shutdown, affecting many services including immigration law enforcement and benefit adjudications provided by different government agencies. Here is a summary of the effect of the shutdown on various employment-related immigration services. U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) DOL’s Office of Foreign […]

News Update: Encountering L Petition Problems

At the request of a number of senators and congressmen, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has reviewed the L intra-company transferee visas… At the request of a number of senators and congressmen, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has reviewed the L intra-company transferee visas issued over the past 10 years and has found […]

News Update: Reported Phone Scam

Reported USCIS Phone Scam The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced that they are aware of a telephone scam where applicants and petitioners are being contacted by phone. Apparently, the scammers have obtained a list of petitioners and applicants and have spoofed the caller ID system so it appears that the […]

News Update: Proposed Increase in Fines

Recently, the U.S. Senate voted out of the Judiciary Committee proposed new legislation which will significantly increase penalties upon employers… Recently, the U.S. Senate voted out of the Judiciary Committee proposed new legislation which will significantly increase penalties upon employers for paperwork violations and for knowingly hiring undocumented workers. The civil fine for knowingly hiring […]