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  • 3 Tips to Prepare for an ICE Visit at your residence - Know Your Rights!
    The current administration has proven it plans to deport millions of people with the assistance of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). Even this week we saw a massive enforcement raid of 7-Eleven stores aimed at not only illegal workers, but also management who ICE believes has turned a blind eye to improper hiring practices. Here are 3 tips to prepare you for a knock at the ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Temporary Visas
    Plan on coming to the United States? If so, you’ll need a visa unless you are from Canada or are entering under the Visa Waiver Program for less than 90 days. Whatever your temporary purpose in the U.S. might be, there are many visas available and one that probably suits your purpose. If you plan on coming temporarily for short-term business, vacation, or any other purpose, the good news is you ...
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  • H-1B Cap Update
    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept new H-1B petitions for the fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) starting on April 2, 2018 and ending on April 6, 2018. These petitions are subject to an annual cap and once the cap is reached, no additional applications will be accepted. Individuals who are in F-1 international student status and are seeking to change status to H-1B or others ...
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  • DACA Update
    The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was a U.S. immigration policy allowing some people to receive a renewable 2-year period of deferred action from deportation if they entered the country as minors. As of this year, around 800,000 individuals were enrolled in the program created by DACA. In September of 2017, the current administration created turmoil for 800,000 DACA recipients when ...
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  • 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Getting a Green Card
    Immigration law tends to be extremely complicated. If you’re hoping to apply for a green card in the United States, you and more than 1 million other people are vying for the same number of permanent residency cards. If you make a mistake during the process, you could lose out on your chance. Here are 3 possible errors many people tend to make when applying. Failing to Properly Sign all Forms Part ...
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  • DHS Reportedly Considering Changes to H-1B Extension Rules - UPDATED
    January 9, 2018: In a news update on January 8, 2018, the McClatchy DC news service reported that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has stated that it not considering a regulatory change to the H-1B extension rules, as had previously been reported in a December 30, 2017 article by McClatchy DC. In particular, USCIS stated to McClatchy DC that the agency is not considering ...
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  • Changes to Notice for I-140 Beneficiaries Being Revoked
    he United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just adopted as a matter of policy the Administrative Appeal Office’s (AAO) decision in Matter of V-S-G- Inc., which held that beneficiaries who have been properly ported under AC21 are affected parties. These parties are entitled to receive notice about the potential revocation of the approval of an immigrant visa petition because of ...
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  • University Application Numbers Drop as Foreign Students Look Elsewhere for Opportunities
    With the new administration came a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment, and America’s education institutions are feeling the changes. Fewer and fewer foreign students are applying for student visas, and universities are receiving fewer international applicants. This trend is particularly worrying for institutions that rely on international students to fill their programs. Students who are applying to ...
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  • Selecting the Right Immigration Attorney
    The immigration process can be complex and requires quite a bit of paperwork, which can be challenging if you are not well-versed in immigration law. An immigration attorney can help you through the process, and provide valuable insight into the process, but you may not know how to choose a lawyer to work with. It can take a little work to find the right attorney, but choosing the best lawyer for ...
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  • 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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