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  • USCIS to Implement Next Phase of Premium Processing for Certain Previously Filed EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is implementing the next phase of the premium processing expansion for certain petitioners who have a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers , under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. Similar to the first phase and second phase of the expansion, this phase only applies to certain previously filed Form I-140 petitions under an E13 ...
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  • H-4 & L-2 Spouses Are Now Automatically Authorized for Employment
    H-4 & L-2 visas are common forms of work authorization in the United States. Under the H-4 visa, family members of H-1B visa holders can enter the United States for the same period of time as the worker. An L-2 visa is a treaty investor visa for individuals who are citizens of a country with a treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States. Countries include Australia, Germany, United ...
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  • USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2023 H-1B Cap
    USCIS announced that they have received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2023. USCIS states that they have completed sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts. The status for registrations ...
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  • How Difficult Is it to Get an O-Visa?
    The O-visa is a visa available to foreign professionals with extraordinary abilities in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. Those with a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry also qualify for an O-visa. Professionals with an O-visa can come to the United States to continue work in their field of expertise. If you seek ...
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  • USCIS to Implement Second Phase of Premium Processing for Certain Previously Filed EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is implementing the second phase of the premium processing expansion for certain petitioners who have a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers , under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. Similar to the first phase of the expansion, this phase only applies to certain previously filed Form I-140 petitions under an E13 multinational ...
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  • Employment-based Adjustment of Status Applicants: Do’s and Don’ts for Your Medicals to Enable More Efficient Processing
    USCIS urges anyone within the United States who may be eligible for an employment-based adjustment of status to note these important reminders regarding Form I-693 , Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record: If you have a pending Form I-485 , Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, please do not send an unsolicited Form I-693 to USCIS. We are proactively ...
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  • When Do TPS Designations Expire?
    Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a humanitarian program that provides protection and work authorization to eligible individuals who are unable to safely return to their home country due to armed conflict, natural disaster, or other extraordinary conditions. Individuals with TPS can live and work in the United States for the duration of the TPS designation. Unfortunately, TPS does expire. Do TPS ...
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  • What Is the Difference Between Visa & Status?
    Immigration laws and legal terms are often confusing and difficult to understand. With so many different terms, it's unlikely for immigrants to have a clear understanding of what every document and term means. For example, many people confuse visas with immigration status. Our team at Akula & Associates P.C. goes over their differences. What Is a Visa vs. Status A visa is a document issued by the ...
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  • Which Countries Are Protected Under Temporary Protected Status?
    Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status that allows individuals from certain countries to remain in the United States. In order for an individual to qualify for TPS, the Secretary of Homeland Security must designate their foreign country for TPS. The Secretary of Homeland Security designates countries for TPS due to conditions in the country that make it unsafe for their ...
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  • High Number of Employment-Based Visas Available According to the USCIS
    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that there are an “exceptionally high number of employment-based visas available.” If you are currently seeking employment opportunities in the United States as a foreign national, now is the time to seek an employment visa. Our Dallas immigration attorneys explain why there is a high number of employment visas available and ...
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  • USCIS Temporary Final Rule Increasing Automatic Extension Period for certain EADs
    USCIS temporary final rule providing that the automatic extension period applicable to expiring EADs for certain renewal applicants who have filed Form I-765 will be increased from up to 180 days to up to 540 days from the expiration date stated on their EADs. This increase will be available to eligible renewal applicants with pending Forms I-765 as of 5/4/22, including those applicants whose ...
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  • DHS Announces TPS Registration Process for Ukraine and Sudan
    On 4/18/22, DHS announced that the TPS registration process for both countries begins on April 19, 2022 . All individuals who want to request TPS under the designation of Ukraine or Sudan must file an application. Eligibility: Ukraine : must demonstrate continuous residence in the U.S. since April 11, 2022 , and continuous physical presence in the U.S. since the designation date in the Federal ...
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  • Admission to the United States
    When you enter the United States, you are inspected by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent. After approving your admission to the United States, the border inspector does two things: Stamps your passport with an admission date, expiration date, and the class of admission (such as B-2 for tourist, WT for ESTA, or H-1B for H-1B worker). Enters your admission record into CBP’s database. ...
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  • Expedited Visa
    The COVID pandemic has made international travel unpredictable. The conditions in every country are different and change quickly, making getting a visa appointment more complicated. Consulates must balance expanding routine visa services with limited resources, other responsibilities, and country conditions. As a result, timely visa appointments are not always available and the rules for ...
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  • DHS Designates Cameroon for TPS
    On 4/15/2022, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Only individuals who are already residing in the United States as of April 14, 2022 , will be eligible for TPS. Individuals who attempt to travel to the United States after April 14, 2022, will not be eligible for TPS. Information on filing is yet to be ...
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