On Dec. 23, 2016, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had its new fees take effect and and on the same date it published updated versions of forms. New applicants and petitioner should go to uscis.gov/forms to download and submit these new versions, which are updated with the new fees and have an edition date of 12/23/16.
If you obtained your permanent residence status (green card) from marrying to a U.S. citizen, and if at the time the marriage is less than 2 years, your first receive a “conditional” green card which is valid for only two years. In order to receive a permanent green card, you will need to file a petition by using form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence. This form is usually signed by both you and by your U.S. citizen spouse, and file with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within the 90 days before the two-year anniversary of the date your conditional green card was issued.
In the application of labor certification by PERM form ETA 9089, the employer needs to list required job qualifications for the job position. When employers list un-quantified skill experience requirements in PERM form ETA 9089 H.14, a question arises as to whether it conforms to the labor certification regulations? There have been cases that were denied because of non-quantified experience is listed in Section H.14 of the ETA 9089. What is un-quantified skill? For example, a requirement of being “proficient” in using spreadsheet is an un-quantified skill as job requirement.
On February 16, 2016, a new rule became effective to authorize continued employment for up to 240 days for H-1B1 (Chile, Singapore), E-3 (Australia) and CW-1 (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) nonimmigrants whose status has expired, provided that the employer timely filed an extension of stay with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This change will minimize workforce disruptions for U.S. employers and ease hardships to H-1B1, E-3, and CW-1 nonimmigrants who were previously excluded from the 240-day rule.