DOS Releases March 2016 Visa Bulletin

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Kathryn N. Karam

This year's March Visa Bulletin reveals advancements in the Final Action Dates of all employment-based categories except EB-3 India. Notably, the Final Action Date for EB-2 China advanced by five months from March 1, 2012 to August 1, 2012, and EB-3 China from October 1, 2012 to June 1, 2013. While only slight advancements are seen in the Final Action Dates of all family-sponsored categories except F1 Philippines, and F2B and F4 Mexico, which remained stagnant, USCIS information on family-sponsored cases that in March, family-sponsored applicants may use the Dates for Filing chart, rather than the Final Action Dates chart, to determine when to file an adjustment of status application.

Kathryn Karam on Oil & Gas This Week

Posted on February 22, 2016 by Kathryn N. Karam

Kathryn talked to the number one Oil & Gas podcast about immigration law. If you are an Oil & Gas professional currently working and trying to get into the US, or if you are concerned about layoffs and your immigration status, or perhaps you are a graduating student with questions about immigration, this is the podcast for you!

August 2015 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 Rest of World Almost Current

Posted on July 15, 2015 by Kathryn N. Karam

The Department of State has released the August 2015 Visa Bulletin, and EB-3 Rest of World has advanced to July 15, 2015.

DOS Issues February 2015 Visa Bulletin

Posted on January 18, 2015 by Kathryn N. Karam

The Department of State issued the February 2015 Visa Bulletin. EB-3 has advanced in all categories, particularly EB-3 Rest-of-World, China, Mexico and the Philippines. EB-2 China and EB-2 India have also advanced.

USCIS Expands Definition of "Mother" and "Parent" to include Gestational Mothers using ART

Posted on October 28, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

USCIS announced today that it has issued a new policy clarifying the definition of mother for immigration purposes to include mothers and parents who used alternative reproductive technology to conceive.

HBJ: Expats Returning to Houston Due to Energy Sector Growth

Posted on July 27, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

The Houston Business Journal reported Wednesday that large numbers of expatriates are returning to Houston due to growth in the energy sector. With many of these expats come spouses and stepchildren who will need to apply for lawful immigration status in the United States. An experienced immigration attorney can assist with these processes.

Kathryn Karam on "The Love & Law" in Lebanon Times Magazine

Posted on February 06, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

Houston immigration lawyer Kathryn Karam provides her thoughts on Love and Law in this month's issue of Lebanon Times Magazine.

USCIS Issues Memo on Priority Dates & Petitions Pending Supreme Court Decision

Posted on November 22, 2013 by Kathryn N. Karam

USCIS issued a memo offering its officers interim guidance on how to handle petitions which are filed with a request to use an older priority date from a previous petition. In the past two years, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Khalid v. Holder and the 9th Circuit Court issued a precedential decision in Cuellar de Osorio v. Holder. These decisions both indicated that children who turned 21 (and thus "Aged Out") before they could become permanent residents with their parents may use the priority dates from their parents' petitions in new petitions filed by their parents to try to obtain permanent residence for these adult sons and daughters. The Cuellar de Osorio case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court and a decision has not yet been made in the case.

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