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  1. SEPTEMBER 2017 VISA BULLETIN: ANALYSIS

    by , 08-10-2017 at 04:40 PM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Department of State has just issued the September 2017 Visa Bulletin. This is the final Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year 2017. This blog post analyzes this month's Visa Bulletin.

    NOTE: Please be sure to read our Post, "What does the August Visa Bulletin Mean?"


    September 2017 Visa Bulletin



    Applications with these dates may be approved for their Green Card (Permanent Residency card).


    EB
    Class
    All Other CHINA INDIA MEXICO PHIL'PNES
    EB-1 C 01JAN12 01JAN12 C C
    EB-2 01JAN16 15MAY13 22AUG08 01JAN16 01JAN16
    EB-3 C 01JAN12 15OCT06 C
    01NOV15



    MU Law Analysis


    All Other: The EB-2 has been current for many years. The slight retrogression is temporary and will revert back to Current in October 2017. The EB-3 progression has long been effectively current, and is, in fact, current in this Bulletin.


    China (mainland-born): The DOS instituted a retrogression for China EB-1 with the June Visa Bulletin, which remains. The continued high level of demand for EB-1 numbers for USCIS adjustment of status applicants has required the establishment of a date for June. It is expected that this EB-1 retrogression will last until October 2017.


    The China EB-2 date again moved up, by about one month. The DOS recently noted that there has been an extremely large increase in EB-3s during the past month. The China EB-3 date remains at January 2012, which is where it was in July. It is now slower than China EB-2.

    India: As with China, India EB-1 now is retrogressed. It is expected that this EB-1 retrogression will last until October 2017.

    EB-2 India moved ahead by a month. EB-3 India jumped into late 2006, which was a pleasant surprise. The DOS is clearly trying to ensure that all visa numbers are used in FY2016.



    Mexico: Mirrors All Other in all aspects.


    Philippines: EB-3 moved ahead to November 2015! This is yet another incredible progression. The Philippine EB-3 number essentially cleaned out all of the 2010 through 2015 EB-3 visas in less than one year. This is even more positive than we expected.

    Our internal metrics see the Philippine EB-3 number continuing to progress at a rapid clip for the rest of 2017.


    The retrogression of the EB-2 (Phils) number is nothing to be concerned about. It will return to Current in October 2017. Note that all EB-2s retrogressed, which reflects heavier demand than usual in the entirety of the EB-2 category.

    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com and www.ilw.com. You can also visit us on Facebook, Twitter and LinknedIn.
  2. CINCINNATI IMMIGRATION SEMINAR

    by , 08-02-2017 at 01:45 PM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    Musillo Unkenholt Immigration Law is hosting a live in-person conference for business professionals in the Greater Cincinnati area on the topics of H-1Bs and immigration under the Trump Administration.

    REGISTER HERE

    This Cincinnati Immigration Seminar will feature these topics:


    • · Business Immigration visas: H-1B, L-1, TN, OPT, F-1
    • · Business Immigration Green Cards: PERM, I-140, I-485
    • · Entrepreneur and investor options: EB-5, E-1, E-2
    • · Immigration Compliance: I-9s, E-Verify, Public Access Files
    • · Impact of Pres. Trump’s policies on business immigration
    • · Legislative and Regulatory changes that may be on the horizon


    The conversation will be led by MU's immigration lawyers who have a combined experience in immigration of over two decades.

    The conference will begin at 8 AM and go to 10:30 AM. A courtesy continental breakfast will be provided at the beginning of the event.

    Parking is available underneath the hotel in their parking garage, as well as on the streets surrounding the hotel.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us via email with any more questions you may have regarding the presentation or our services.
  3. WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE CONFIRMATION OF THE NEW USCIS DIRECTOR?

    by , 07-31-2017 at 09:56 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    In April Pres. Trump nominated Lee Francis Cissna to be the Director of the USCIS. USCIS is a sub-agency of the Department of Homeland Security. USCIS is tasked with processing immigration applications and petitions. The Director normally reports directly to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Because it is such an important position, any nomination for Director requires confirmation by the Senate.

    Three months have now passed since the President’s nomination of Mr. Cissna. Although the President has complained loudly about Senate Democrats holding up confirmations, that does not seem to be the case with Mr. Cissna's nomination.

    In mid-May, Pro Publica reported that Mr. Cissna had spent much of the last few years ghost-writing letters on behalf of Sen. Grassley (R-IA). These letters were aimed at dismantling much of Pres. Obama’s immigration policies. On May 31, Mr. Cissna testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Three hundred immigration stakeholders have since pushed the administration to withdraw Mr. Cissna’s nomination.

    Why did Sen. Tills delay Cissna's confirmation? Sen. Tillis wanted an increase of H-2B visas, which are temporary visas used in seasonal occupations. North Carolina uses more H-2B visas than 47 other states, trailing only Texas and Colorado. In mid-July, the President caved into Sen. Tillis’ demands and released an additional 15,000 H-2B visas. Only then did Sen. Tillis agree to lift his hold on the confirmation.

    Yet Mr. Cissna’s confirmation continues to sit. Right-wing media, who are fans of Mr. Cissna’s views, are ramping up the pressure on the GOP Senate to move forward.

    Because the Cissna nomination is still stuck, questions remain: Is Mr. Cissna going to be confirmed before the August recess? Is his delay more about him or more about the Senate’s packed schedule? Will the forthcoming DHS Secretary withdraw Mr. Cissna and want to appoint his own candidate? We should know a lot between now and the recess.


    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com and www.ilw.com. You can also visit us on Facebook, Twitter and LinknedIn

    Updated 07-31-2017 at 04:38 PM by CMusillo

  4. REGISTER FOR MU HEALTHCARE IMMIGRATION WEBINAR ON AUGUST 1

    by , 07-26-2017 at 08:43 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    MU Law is pleased to announce a free healthcare immigration webinar on August 1, 2017 at 3PM ET for all clients and friend of the firm. It is ideal for US employers, staffing companies, recruiters, and others interested in healthcare immigration.

    Click here to REGISTER

    The Healthcare Immigration Seminar will feature these topics:

    • Green card Immigration for Nurses and Physical Therapists (Schedule A occupations)
    • Filing for Green card when you have an Unanticipated Worksite
    • Visa Screens and Healthcare Worker Certificates
    • FCCPT and the future of PT immigration
    • H-1B visas for PTs, OTs, Med Techs, and other allied healthcare workers
    • Managing Social Security Numbers and Licensure
    • H-1B cap-exempt entities
    • Immigration under the Trump administration
    • Legislative and Regulatory changes that may be on the horizon

    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com and www.ilw.com. You can also visit us on Facebook, Twitter and LinknedIn

  5. PORTING AN I-485 TO A NEW EMPLOYER

    by , 07-24-2017 at 09:24 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Maria Schneider

    Last year the USCIS issued new guidance regarding when a foreign national can port his/her I-485. Under the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act (AC21) a foreign national can change his/her employer or job during the green card process once the I-485 has been pending for 180 day or more.

    When changing positions, the green card applicant and their new employer, must file a form I-485(j) with the USCIS confirming the new employer is taking over the green card case, agrees to pay the prevailing wage, and that the new position is the same or similar to the position described in the green card application.

    The USCIS will consider the totality of the circumstances when determining if the green card job and the new job are the same or similar. Specifically, 2016 memo describes how Immigration Officers can review the occupation codes assigned to both jobs by the Department of Labor when determining if the two jobs are the same or similar.

    Evidence that the positions are the same or similar can include:


    • · The job duties of both positions;
    • · The skills, expertise, education, training, licenses or certifications specifically required to perform each job;
    • · The wages offered for each job; and
    • · Any other material and credible evidence relevant to the determination.


    Green card applicants can also port their I-485s when, in their new position, they are primarily responsible for managing the same or similar function of their original job. For example, if a PT is promoted to Senior PT and supervises other PTs and PTAs. It is also acceptable for the applicant to manage workers in a different occupation if the change in position is a normal career progression. For instance, if an OT is promoted to Rehab Manager, the OT may be supervising other OTs as well as OTAs, PTs, PTAs, SLPs, and others.



    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com and www.ilw.com. You can also visit us on Facebook, Twitter and LinknedIn.
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