• New Application Appointment Requirement to Cause Delays
  • May 15, 2015
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Effective May 11, 2015, employers applying for immigration petitions will no longer be able to schedule appointments the day before they seek to file their applications. Instead, representatives will be notified of an appointment time through a new electronic appointment system based on the immigration authority‚Äôs availability.

    How to Request an Appointment

    Legal or authorized representatives will need to request an appointment by sending an email to [email protected] on Fridays between 8am and 3pm local time. Immigration will send an email confirming the date and time of the appointment, usually for the following week, based on availability.

    Application Limits

    The legal or authorized representative can apply for a maximum of three processes per appointment (for individuals or families). Depending on availability, the immigration authority will only grant one appointment per day per legal representative, with a maximum of two appointments per law firm.

    What This Means for Employers

    Although the new electronic notification system should eliminate the need for representatives to wait in often lengthy lines at the immigration office, employers should expect delays in the initiation and renewal of immigration applications, Short Stay Permits, and residence and change of employer applications.

    Employers should verify with their immigration professional that the documents their representatives plan to bring to the appointment are complete and accurate in order to avoid further delays.