Visa denials without a recourse, Tips for navigating the new InfoPass appointment process, EB-1 green card application backlog
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Immigration Bulletin

Giselle Carson, Esq. - Shareholder - Business Immigration Attorney
904-398-0900 -

Greetings! As we celebrated Labor Day, we also celebrated a strong economy and about 2.4 million more jobs. This also means a very tight labor market for US employers. One smart solution is to facilitate legal immigration to help fill those jobs. But the reality is that we see no signs of stopping the effort to slow down the business immigration process.

In this newsletter, we share a recent USCIS policy change that allows for an outright denial of a petition; the stoppage in green cards issuance for all categories; and an extended and expanded suspension of premium processing. Also, you’ll find tips to help with the new (and sometimes confusing!) InfoPass appointment-scheduling process.

We thrive on good news, so it is with delight that we also share our clients’ experiences. We are proud about how we are making a difference and helping you achieve your dreams and goals, despite the challenges. Your words and actions are our inspiration!

We are proud to have the energy, passion, knowledge, and determination to be by your side! As always, thank you for your readership, support, and referrals.

Giselle Carson

Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing Extended and Increased Fee

As we approach October 1 – the date when adjudication of H-1B cap petitions should have been completed – USCIS announced it is extending the suspension of premium processing for H-1B cap petitions until Feb. 19, 2019.

It is also expanding the suspension to include most H-1B petitions and raising the premium processing fee for all Forms I-129 and Forms I-140. The fee will increase from $1,225 to $1,410.

What You Need to Know about the New InfoPass Appointment Process

Jacksonville was one of five local USCIS field offices selected to implement a new InfoPass appointment pilot program.

Some information about the program conflicts with our actual experience with the system, so we wanted to share our tips for making and going to your appointment.

Green Card EB-1 Filing Backlogged until October 2018 – and Beyond

The Department of State (DOS) recently announced that it reached the cap for green card filings in the EB-1 category, which affects all extraordinary ability workers, including managers, executives, athletes, and researchers.

This backlog for EB-1 visas is expected to continue beyond October 2018 (the beginning of the new fiscal year) and potentially into 2019. As a result, it is possible that new applications for permanent resident status will no longer be accepted for EB-1 visas until early 2019. This is an unprecedented situation.
Our promise to clients is to keep doing great work and helping good clients. Here is a kind note we received from a client who recently became a permanent resident of the United States!

We can't thank you both enough for all the work you put in over the years to help me stay and work in the United States. Monday's green card immigration interview was kind of surreal, and I'm not sure it's set in yet that it secured my future here with my employer. 

USCIS Policy Change: Outright Visa Denials without a Recourse

USCIS recently announced a major policy change. Officials may immediately reject visa applications at their discretion starting September 11, 2018.

Officials are no longer required to send Requests for Evidence (RFEs) or Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs) when they encounter something that could be further explained and supported.


- Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing Extended

- What You Need to Know about the New InfoPass Appointment Process

- Green Card EB-1 Filing Backlogged until October 2018 – and Beyond

- Client Review: A Secure Future with His Employer

- USCIS Policy Change: Outright Visa Denials without a Recourse

- Giselle Covers the O-1A Visa in the Immigration Lawyers’ Podcast

- Flowchart of O-1A Process

- From a Dictatorship to the Home of the Brave


Stay Informed

State Department Visa Bulletin: September 2018

USCIS Processing Times

Visa Appointment & Processing Wait Times

iCERT Visa Portal System


O-1A Visa as an Alternative to the H-1B – The Immigration Lawyers’ Podcast

Giselle was recently a guest host on the Immigration Lawyers' podcast, discussing O-1A visas as an alternative to H-1B visas.

Flowchart of
O-1A Process

The O-1A is a work visa for those with extraordinary achievement in science, education, business, or athletics. We share our flowchart to facilitate your understanding of the process.

From a Dictatorship to the Home of the Brave

As a two-time immigrant, Giselle knows the process from both sides. She recently shared her immigration story with the non-profit Generation W, an organization that brings people together with the purpose to educate, inspire, and connect.

Giselle Carson

Business Immigration Attorney



Practice Areas
Business Immigration
Sports Immigration
I-9 Compliance and Litigation


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