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Blog Posts in September, 2017

  • 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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