The Immigrant Petition is valid unless withdrawn by the U.S. employer or revoked by the USCIS.
How long does it take the USCIS to process an Immigrant Petition?
After the Immigrant Petition is filed, the USCIS will issue a receipt notice. After reviewing the Immigrant Petition, if all the conditions and specifications are met, the USCIS will issue an approval notice. Currently, the approval process for an H-1B petition is 4 months from filing. The Immigrant Petition may be filed along with a… Read More
What is the government filing fee for an Immigrant Petition?
At present, the filing fee is $580. We have provided a complete list of fees applicable to the employment (immigrant) visa process on our employment (immigrant) visa fees page.
When can the U.S. employer file an Immigrant Petition?
If the employment based preference category requires a certified labor certification application, then this must be obtained before the Immigrant Petition can be filed.
What is an Immigrant Petition?
Generally, the first step in obtaining permanent residence (“green card”) on behalf of a foreign worker is labor certification. Labor certification is the process of proving that there are no qualified U.S. workers for the position being offered to the foreign worker. If the labor certification application is certified by the Department of Labor, then… Read More
How long is NVC processing?
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) limits the number of family based immigrant visas that are issued each year based on a preference category. Each preference category is assigned a number of immigrant visas. In addition, there is a limit to the percentage of immigrant visas that can be allotted to each country in a… Read More
How long does it take the USCIS to process a permanent residence application?
After the marriage petition and permanent residence application are filed, the USCIS will issue receipt notices. At the interview, the USCIS officer will question you and your foreign spouse in detail with respect to the specifics of your marriage in order to determine its legitimacy. Further, you and your foreign spouse will be required to… Read More
Why would the USCIS deny a permanent residence application?
The USCIS might deny a permanent residence application a variety of reasons. From an administrative perspective, permanent residence applications can be denied for failing to present requested documents, a divorce decree for example; fraudulently completing documents, criminal history or failing to provide adequate evidence of ability to financially support the foreign spouse. From a relationship… Read More
Why should I retain an attorney?
An experienced immigration attorney is well versed in the nuances of the visa process including petition and application preparation, responses to requests for evidence, documentation collection, government communication, consular interviews and advocacy. The attorney can successfully overcome possible issues by providing clients with solid advice based upon education and experience. If you are unsure as… Read More
How can I verify the status of my case?
CLG clients can verify the status of a case online at anytime. At the beginning of the process, CLG clients register with our website by selecting a username and password and creating an individual account. You can verify the status of your case by logging in to the client section of the Choquette Law website…. Read More