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Blog Posts in 2017

  • What Could the New USCIS Form Mean for Foreign Nationals Seeking Work in the U.S.?

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulates the granting of work authorization documents to foreign nationals seeking employment in the United States. As of October 2, 2017, the USCIS has enacted a joint effort with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help foreign workers obtain Social Security numbers in a faster and easier process. Our firm helps clients understand ...
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  • New 90 Day Rule in Foreign Affairs Manual Addresses Misrepresentation

    The Department of State has made revisions to the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) in regards to immigrants who intentionally misrepresent facts in order to obtain a visa or other permission to enter the United States. In particular, the 30/60 day rule has been entirely eliminated and replaced with language that describes a new “90 day rule.” Many people who seek a status adjustment after coming to ...
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  • Travel Ban Further Modified, Adds North Korea & Others to Ban List

    The Trump Administration has updated and modified its travel ban order to include North Korea, Venezuela, and Chad and remove Sudan. It cited security protocols and information transparency as its decision to add the three countries and take the African country off the list. The White House forwarded a press release to announce the changes, stating that it was meant to be part of the ongoing ...
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  • Trump's Revised Travel Ban Faces Continued Opposition

    After a greatly resisted start, Trump’s executive order which issued a travel ban to many Muslim-majority countries has begun to be implemented. This month saw several rulings contesting the terms of the ban, and other rulings fighting back. This month, the Supreme Court issued a decision to leave parts of the ban in place, providing the Trump administration a short-term win. On September 7, 2017, ...
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  • Naturalization & Travel Abroad

    The naturalization process has many factors that are considered, including your continuous residency in the U.S. and your physical presence in the country. If you are applying for citizenship, you must meet these requirements, but it is possible that extended travel abroad may harm your eligibility for citizenship. Find out how your travel plans can hurt your naturalization application. Continuous ...
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  • USCIS Reinstates Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

    USCIS has reinstated Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions for petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2018 cap. This brings back Premium Processing for three classifications of H-1B: Conrad 30 physicians, non-profit entities and the current fiscal year’s cap. Specifically, H-1B extensions and amendments for cap exempt petitions are not yet eligible for the process, but may still attempt to request ...
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  • USCIS Expands Interview Requirements for Some Permanent Residency Applicants

    Certain applicants seeking to become legal permanent residents within the United States should anticipate a more in-depth process for in-person interviews conducted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). As part of Executive Order 13780 – Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States – the change is a clear reflection of the Trump ...
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  • USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitions

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Additionally, there is an annual “master’s cap” of 20,000 petitions filed for beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. Premium processing will resume for petitions ...
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  • Department of State Verification Emails

    During the H-1B visa application process at the U.S. consulates, consular officers may choose to request client verification for the H-1B beneficiary. It is understandable that an unsolicited e-mail from an unknown sender claiming to be from the U.S. government may seem suspicious in this age of fraud and scams. The verification emails are being sent from a contractor at the Department of State ...
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  • USCIS And Regulations

    Immigration is a sizzling hot topic right now and has drawn the ire of many in the current administration, including those at the national level in charge of enforcing the rules and regulations. USCIS, at it's core, is an agency who feels it is looking out for U.S. workers.Often we have clients ask us "Is USCIS singling out my company?" or "It feels like USCIS is picking on me for no good reason! ...
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  • What You Need to Know About DAPA

    Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents – or DAPA for short – was an Obama Administration plan to help qualifying illegal immigrants avoid immediate removal and find a chance to apply for residency. From the moment it was conceived, it has been in the midst of heavy controversy, with opposition coming from multiple sides. DAPA never actually came to fruition, having ...
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  • Delay in NSC Processing of H-4/EAD Applications Filed with Premium Processing H-1Bs

    The Nebraska Service Center (NSC) has advised that, due to the high volume of incoming premium processing requests, H-4 I-539 and H-4 I-765 EAD applications that are concurrently filed with premium H-1B petitions before the April 3, 2017, premium processing suspension may not be adjudicated concurrently with the I-129 and within the prescribed 15 days. Due to the rapid influx of premium requests, ...
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  • Student Visa Basics

    A student that wishes to enter the United States will need to obtain a student visa. As there are numerous student visas, it is possible to obtain the wrong one, be denied by the United States Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS) due to the error, and potentially miss a semester of schooling or more. If you intend to enter the U.S. for the benefit of your education, it is beneficial to ...
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  • H-1B Program Updates

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap on April 3, 2017. All cap-subject H-1B petitions filed before April 3, 2017, for the FY 2018 cap will be rejected. The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the application of a body of highly specialized ...
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  • Selecting an Immigration Attorney With Confidence

    The result of an immigration law case will often determine if an individual or multiple family members can enter or stay within the United States legally. If you plan on filing an immigration case, you need to not only find an immigration attorney to help you with all of the fine details, but also one that you know you can trust. Selecting an Immigration Attorney with Confidence Experience is ...
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