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Immigration Guide - February 2022

Dear Clients, Friends and Colleagues:

In this edition of the newsletter, we take a look at the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill which will create thousands of jobs, allowing American companies to recruit workers with the necessary education and skills to fill vacant positions.

Surely, things are looking up again on the immigration front. Green card hopefuls are in for some welcome news, as more visas will be available under high-priority categories this fiscal year, according to the USCIS. 

We hope you find this newsletter insightful. More resources are available on our media page. Please don't hesitate to contact us anytime if you have questions.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill requires Immigration to meet the need for skilled workers
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill provides for an historic $1 trillion investment to upgrade our ports, restore our bridges and roads, improve public transportation and provide better broadband access. This investment will generate thousands of new jobs. 

US to process more employment based green cards this fiscal year
Eligible employment-based green card applicants could move to a higher preference category, as there was an ‘exceptionally high number’ of employment-based immigrant visas available in these categories for the ongoing fiscal year ending September 30, according to USCIS.

USCIS urges eligible applicants to switch employment-based categories
USCIS encourages eligible applicants to consider requesting to transfer the underlying basis of their adjustment of status application to the first (priority workers) or second (noncitizens in professions with advanced degrees or with exceptional ability) employment-based preference categories, because there is an exceptionally high number of employment-based immigrant visas available in these categories during this fiscal year (October 2021 through September 2022).

Investor immigrants say their applications are viable despite
program lapse
More than a dozen plaintiffs in a complaint filed in Seattle federal court said that while a program earmarking EB-5 visas for investors who pool money has expired, federal law still requires USCIS and the Department of State to process their applications, which were filed before the expiration. 

Biden administration proposes limiting consideration of public benefits for green card applications
The Biden administration has proposed new regulations that would limit the number of public benefits that can weigh against immigrants applying for permanent U.S. residency, or green cards. 

US hospitals facing nurse shortages seek foreign health care workers amid visa windfall
There's an unusually high number of green cards available this year for foreign professionals, including nurses, who want to move to the United States — twice as many as just a few years ago.

Immigrants could help the US labor shortage — if the gov't would let them
Amid nationwide labor shortages in critical industries, more than a million immigrants are waiting on the US government to issue them work permits. Without these permits, many could lose their jobs, and some already have.

March 2022 Visa Bulletin
The EB-1 category is current. There is
slight forward movement for India in the EB-2 category and no movement in the EB-3 category.

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