Alerts & Updates
H-1B Cap Season (FY24) is about to be upon us
The H-1B program allows companies and other employers in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent. H-1B specialty occupations may include fields such as architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine and health, education, business specialties, accounting, law, theology, and the arts.
H-1B registrations run in March 2023. Contact us with any H-1B registration needs!!
The Diversity Lottery is a unique program to move & live legally in the United States, considered to be the easiest way to obtain a Green Card visa.
People from the following countries are eligible to participate in the Diversity Lottery:
DV Lottery eligible countries from Africa Region
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Sao Tome and Principe
DV Lottery eligible countries from Asia Region
United Arab Emirates
DV Lottery eligible countries from European Region
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Denmark (including components and dependent areas overseas)
France (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Macau Special Administrative Region
Netherlands (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Norway (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Portugal (including components and dependent areas overseas)
DV Lottery eligible countries from North America Region
DV Lottery eligible countries from Oceania Region
Australia (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Federated States of Micronesia
New Zealand (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Papua New Guinea
DV Lottery eligible countries from South America, Central America, And The Caribbean
Antigua and Barbuda Argentina
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
The deadline for submissions for DV24 is Oct 15, 2022. Contact Hall and Associates to check if you qualify and submit an entry online.
Apply for a green card: Green Card | USCIS
On July 25, 2022, USCIS announced that the “reproduced signature flexibility announced in March, 2020, will become permanent policy[.]” (sic) This means lawyers may “submit a scanned, faxed, photocopied, or similarly reproduced copy of a document to USCIS” so long as the copy is of an original document with an original handwritten signature. Keep the original, as USCIS retains the right to request it for inspection.
USCIS Urges Eligible Applicants to Switch Employment-Based Categories
Employment-based Adjustment of Status Applicants: Send in Your Medical Forms ASAP for More Efficient Processing
June 28, 2022 - Update from USCIS:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plays a significant role in the processing of employment-based visas, and we want to ensure we use as many available visas as possible in fiscal year (FY) 2022, which ends on Sept. 30, 2022.
We are still doing our part with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) in processing employment-based immigrant visas for those applicants living outside the United States. We urge anyone within the United States who may be eligible for an employment-based adjustment of status to note these important reminders regarding Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record:
If you are planning to file an adjustment of status application, be sure to include a valid Form I-693.
If you have a pending Form I-485, Adjustment of Status Application, please do not send an unsolicited Form I-693 to USCIS. We are proactively identifying employment-based adjustment of status applications with available visas that lack a valid Form I-693 and are directly contacting applicants to request that form.
If you know that your previously filed Form I-485 does not have a valid Form I-693, your underlying petition is approved, and a visa is available to you, it will help USCIS use the available visas and adjudicate your application if you visit a civil surgeon and have a valid Form I-693 on hand when we send the request to you.
A Form I-693 is valid for two years from the date that the civil surgeon signs the form.
For more information, visit our new Fiscal Year 2022 Employment-Based Adjustment of Status FAQs