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In some cases, a person can be waiting patiently on their Priority Date on the monthly Visa Bulletin but suddenly the next month’s Bulletin shows that current dates have moved back! This does not happen often but it does happen enough that it is important to understand how it happens and what it means to […]
USCIS has issued a reminder that the new I-9 form issued on August 1, 2023 will be the only version accepted after November 1, 2023. This applies to new-hires/referrals only. Countdown to Nov. 1 is ON! – Make Sure You’re Using the 08/01/2023 Form I-9 Starting Nov. 1, you can only use Form I-9, Employment Eligibility […]
If you are interested in this lottery, please see the information below from the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Note that only natives of “low immigration” countries are eligible so check the chart below for countries that are not eligible. What is the Diversity Visa Lottery? The Diversity Immigrant Visa program—a.k.a. the green card lottery—is a […]
The Immigration Service (USCIS) has released a small amount of information in an attempt to explain the tremendous backlog in their cases. The information is explained below and it does provide some insight. But it does not really explain what they are doing to correct this ridiculous situation. For information about the “real” ways to […]
By now many people have noticed that several employment preference quotas for immigrant visas (and to some extent family quotas) have slowed down in the Visa Bulletin for August 2023. We anticipate a continued slowdown in the September Bulletin as well. Why does this happen almost every year? The Federal Government’s fiscal year begins on […]
This year, 2023, is being celebrated as our 45th Anniversary of the creation of our law firm.Â Started in 1978 as Samuel M. Tidwell and Associates, P.C., the firm went through several name changes with an important change in 1991 when it became Tidwell, Swaim & Associates, P.C.Â There was one more change to Tidwell, […]
USCIS Announces New Immigration Program for Citizens of Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras
This program is very restrictive, but does apply to people who meet the requirements below: The beneficiary must: There are many questions unanswered by USCIS at this point (such as who is a â€œUS-based petitionerâ€), but we will get more information each week about who qualifies so check our website (www.davidswaimlaw.com) for updates.
The article below is an announcement by USCIS that new tracking information is available for service centers.Â This information includes transfers of cases from one service center to another, as well as an update system that issues notifications of service center or lockbox transfers. USCIS also includes a short explanation as to why some cases […]
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has announced some new rules from the US Department of Labor regarding how to handle employee layoffs in the context of a labor certification case. These rules are relatively simple and align with the same rules we have used in the past in this situation. Employers should nonetheless be […]