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Blog Posts in 2016

  • USCIS Releases New Revised Form I-9

    On November 14 th , 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. While employers may continue using the previous I-9 version with a revision date of 03/08/2013 through January 21 st , 2017, the new revised form must be used from January 22 nd onward. What Is Different with the New Form? One of the ...
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  • Can U.S. Citizens Help Their Parents Receive Green Cards?

    Did you know that U.S. citizens can petition for permanent residence visas , or more commonly known as green cards, for their foreign-born parents through family sponsorship? In order to sponsor a parent to receive a green card, you must be at least 21 years of age and be a U.S. citizen. Since parents are classified as “immediate relatives” under immigration laws, there is no limit on the number ...
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  • USCIS Announces Fees Related to Immigration Applications Will Rise

    In only a couple short weeks, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will raise the price of most of its application and benefits fees. The price change will be officially implemented on December 23, 2016, following an official confirmation in late October. For people seeking to gain or maintain visas, the price increases can feel more like a gouge to their pocketbooks, as ...
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  • N-400 Forms: What You Need to Know Before Filing

    Every person looking to apply for U.S. citizenship through the process of naturalization must begin by completing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization and submitting it with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In simple terms, this form collects your basic information and asks several questions regarding your eligibility to become a citizen. After obtaining a copy ...
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  • Third Country Nationals Can Apply in Vancouver for U.S. Visa

    Third country nationals (TCN) – a person seeking immigrant status in one country but actually intends to reside in another country – may begin applying for their first H-1B visas at the United States Consulate General in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The announcement comes from the American Immigration Lawyers’ Associations Department of State Liaison Committee. It should ease immigration ...
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  • Watch Out for USCIS Imposter Calls

    If you should receive a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to be a government official, law enforcement officer, or representative of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), hang up immediately ! Several reports have surfaced of impostor government officials calling individuals using seemingly-legitimate government phone numbers and claiming that there is a problem ...
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  • Department of Homeland Security Launches New I-94 Website

    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection division of the Department of Homeland Security has launched a new redesigned I-94 website and an I-94 pre-payment option for individuals entering the United States. The new site, while providing the same functionality and information as the previous version, offers a cleaner and much more user-friendly presentation that is sure to be an invaluable resource ...
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  • Foreign Investor Visa Programs

    Business owners seeking to bolster company resources do not have to rely solely on domestic banks or financiers and should consider foreign capital investments. In 1990, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) created the EB-5 visa program to stimulate new jobs and business growth through investments by foreign nationals. In return for contributing to the U.S. economy, investors can ...
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  • Advanced Parole for Start-Up Entrepreneurs Reviewed by USCIS

    Regulation changes that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed could be coming to how foreign innovators and entrepreneurs gain entrance to the country, if the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves it. The DHS has stated that there is vast potential for job creation and field advancement here in the United States that originates from professionals, ...
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  • USCIS Helps Close $20.9 Million Visa Fraud Investigation

    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced the finalization of an investigation into a multiyear visa fraud scheme. Two suspects – Raju Kosuri and Smriti Jharia – have pleaded guilty to the charges, which included conspiracy to defraud the United States government, visa fraud, and other related crimes. The married couple was accused of running an ...
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  • How to Avoid RFE on Your H-1B Visa Application

    When the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reviews an H-1B visa application for specialty employment, there is a lot of information the agency will need to review. If any bit is missing, the applicant will receive a Request for Additional Evidence, more commonly called an RFE. For many people who deal with the USCIS and immigration law, an RFE is a notorious form that ...
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  • USCIS Proposes Rule to Attract International Entrepreneurs

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing a new rule which could make it easier for international entrepreneurs to enter the United States. Under the proposed “International Entrepreneur Rule,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would be granted the authority to use its already existing statutory parole authority on a case-by-case basis to allow entrepreneurs ...
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  • USCIS Special Situations Extensions and Waivers

    If you have submitted a petition or application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USICS) you may be aware that each process has strict regulations and requirements which must be followed. Under normal circumstances, missing a deadline or failing to pay a fee can have negative consequences such as the termination of an application. However, when events outside of your control hinder ...
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  • USCIS Proposes Rule to Welcome International Entrepreneurs

    https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-proposes-rule-to-welcome-international-entrepreneurs WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing a new rule, which would allow certain international entrepreneurs to be considered for parole (temporary permission to be in the United States) so that they may start or scale their businesses here in the United States. Read ...
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  • Can I Change Status from an F-1 Student Visa to an Employment Visa?

    Many foreign students who are studying in the United States with an F-1 nonimmigrant visa do so with the belief that they must return to their residential country upon completion of their studies. While this is indeed an option, it is not uncommon for international students to wish to stay after graduation and pursue employment opportunities in the United States. In situations such as these, the ...
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