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  • Immigrant-Founded Fortune 500 Firms Generated $8.1 Trillion in the U.S.
    Immigrant-founded Fortune 500 firms generated $8.1 trillion in the United States, creating jobs and boosting the economy. These firms are responsible for innovating new technologies, creating new products, and providing essential services. In this blog post, we will explore how immigrant-founded Fortune 500 firms create jobs and contribute to the growth of the U.S. economy. The Impact of ...
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  • DOS Announces Pilot Program to Allow a Limited Number of H-1B Workers to Renew Their Visas in the U.S.
    The Department of State (DOS) announced a pilot program that will allow a limited number of H-1B specialty occupation workers to renew their visas in the US as early as next month. The pilot program aims to reduce processing times and improve customer service for H-1B workers and their employers. H-1B holders will be permitted to renew their visas by mailing them to the State Department rather ...
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  • Immigration Agencies Use Fake Social Media Profiles to Monitor Immigrants
    New documents reveal that U.S. immigration officials were actively seeking to expand their monitoring and surveillance capabilities on social media platforms. These officials were given the authority to create and use fake social media profiles as part of various operations, including covertly researching the online presence of individuals seeking immigration benefits. Here are some tips to keep ...
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  • USCIS Launches New Online Change of Address Tool
    USCIS has launched a new Enterprise Change of Address (E-COA) self-service tool to allow customers with pending applications, petitions, or requests to update their address with USCIS more easily. E-COA will significantly improve the speed and efficiency of the process for USCIS customers to update their address with USCIS. To use the E-COA tool, individuals need a USCIS online account and must ...
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  • Admission to the United States and Correcting Form I-94
    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 enters your admission record into CBP’s database. Passport Expiration Expiration dates are different for different visa categories, but there is one rule that governs all admissions: The government should never give you a ...
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  • Employment Immigration Backlogs: Why Indians Face Up to a 134-Year Wait for a Green Card
    The Current State of Employment Immigration Backlogs For many highly skilled Indian professionals, obtaining a green card has become an arduous and seemingly endless journey. The employment immigration backlogs have reached unprecedented levels, resulting in an estimated wait time of up to 134 years for Indian nationals. This blog post aims to shed light on this issue and provide practical tips to ...
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  • What Is an EB-1 Visa & Who Qualifies for It?
    The EB-1 visa, also known as the Employment-Based First Preference visa, is a highly sought-after visa for individuals with exceptional abilities in their field. This visa category also includes outstanding professors and researchers, as well as multinational executives and managers. However, qualifying for the EB-1 visa can be challenging. In this blog post, we will provide a comprehensive guide ...
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  • Domestic Visa Stamping Renewal Pilot Program
    Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced its plans to launch a pilot program to allow for domestic renewals of H and L nonimmigrant visas. This is a welcome announcement because it means holders of those visas who are already in the US would not be required to travel to a consulate abroad for visa renewals. The creation of such a program requires the State Department to set ...
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  • Immigration Implications of the Impending U.S. Government Shutdown
    A possible U.S. government shutdown on Oct. 1st will affect some immigration services. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will continue to process applications and petitions that are funded by filing fees, such as naturalization, green cards, and work permits. However, some of their offices may be closed or have reduced staff, which could cause delays and disruptions. The ...
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  • USCIS Increases Employment Authorization Document Validity Period for Certain Categories
    USCIS is updating its guidance to increase the maximum validity period to 5 years for initial and renewal Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for certain noncitizens who are employment authorized incident to status or circumstance, including those admitted as refugees, paroled as refugees, and granted asylum, as well as recipients of withholding of removal. USCIS is also increasing the ...
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  • USCIS Exempts Biometric Services Fee for all Form I-539 Applicants
    USCIS announced that it is exempting the biometric services fee for Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. Beginning October 1, 2023, USCIS will exempt the $85 biometric services fee as part of the application process for Form I-539. You do not need to pay the fee if your application is postmarked Oct. 1 or later. However, if you file Form I-539 prior to Oct. 1, certain ...
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    The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) updated the Form I-983, Training Plan for STEM OPT Students to remove language requiring wet signatures. Students and employers may continue to physically sign the Form I-983 or input their own electronic signatures. SEVP accepts electronic signatures in the following formats: Electronic signature using software programs or applications and ...
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  • A Guide to Adjustment of Status for Spouses of U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
    Immigrating to the United States as a spouse of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident is an important step toward building a life together. If you find yourself in this situation, you may be eligible for an adjustment of status, which allows you to change your immigration status and become a lawful permanent resident. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the process, eligibility ...
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  • USCIS Has Launched a New Online Form to Request an In-person Appointment at Their Local Field Office
    USCIS has launched a new online form for individuals, attorneys, and accredited representatives to request an in-person appointment at their local field office without having to call the USCIS Contact Center. This online appointment request form allows individuals or legal representatives to request an in-person appointment at a field office only, for ADIT stamps, Emergency Advance Parole, ...
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  • The Importance of Proper Documentation in an Adjustment of Status Application
    Are you planning to apply for an adjustment of status in the United States? If so, it's crucial to understand the significance of proper documentation throughout the application process. Submitting complete and accurate paperwork can make a world of difference in the outcome of your application and ensure a smooth transition toward permanent residency. Understanding the Adjustment of Status ...
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