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Blog Posts in 2017

  • 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 is 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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  • We're Hosting A Conference!

    Akula & Associates, P.C., is hosting a conference call to discuss the currently signed Executive Order, drafted Executive Order Memorandum and proposed legislation regarding H-1B visas, OPTs, and H4 EADs. Date and Time: February 6th, 2017 @ 6:00PM CST Dial Into the Conference: Dial-In Number: (319) 527-2754 Access Code: 632457 Instructions: At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into ...
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  • Improvements to International Entrepreneur Rule Made by DHS

    As of January 17, 2017, the DHS published their final international entrepreneur rule with the hope of improving our nation’s economy by allowing certain foreign start-up founders to continue to grow their companies within the U.S. This rule allows the DHS to grant certain periods of authorized stay to foreign entrepreneurs. It is decided on a case by case basis. These entrepreneurs must first ...
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  • DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Yemen

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has re-designated the Republic of Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for the country by an additional 18 months, valid from March 4 th 2017, through September 3 rd , 2018. The extension is in response to ongoing civil war and dangerous conditions that would threaten citizens who travel back to the Arabian ...
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