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  • Can I Petition More Than One Relative for a U.S. Visa?
    Family-based petitions allow individuals in the United States to sponsor their closest relatives to help them obtain an immigration visa. Both U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents (LPR) can sponsor their family members to move to the United States; however, U.S. citizens can sponsor a broader range of family members. Since families want to remain together, sponsors always ask how many ...
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  • Biometric Appointments Can now be Rescheduled by Calling USCIS
    USCIS announced that applicants, petitioners, requestors and beneficiaries may now call the USCIS Contact Center (800-375-5283) to reschedule their biometric services appointments scheduled at a USCIS Application Support Center. Previously, applicants had to submit requests in writing to reschedule their biometrics appointments. This change helps eliminate undue paperwork and allows USCIS to track ...
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  • DHS Announces Continuation of International Entrepreneur Parole Program
    The International Entrepreneur (“IE”) parole program provides an opportunity for international entrepreneurs to establish start-up companies with a high growth potential in the United States. The IE program seeks to strengthen, grow, and create employment opportunities in the United States. The IE program has been in existence since 2017. However, there was a proposal to withdraw this program from ...
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  • Can I Work in the U.S. as an International Student?
    Studying in the United States can be expensive for American and international students alike. Therefore, obtaining employment opportunities can be extremely beneficial to help reduce college-related expenses. Our Dallas immigration attorneys explain whether foreign nationals can legally work while studying in the United States. If you need legal assistance getting your student visa, contact our ...
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  • How Employment & Family-Based Immigration Will Change in 2021
    This year’s change in administration will bring adjustments to the entire immigration system. President Biden has expressed his intention to pursue immigration policy and regulatory changes over the first 100 days of the administration. President Biden claimed that he wants to “modernize the immigration system” and focus on implementing changes to employment and family-based immigration policies. ...
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  • Can I Work in the U.S. Without a Social Security Number?
    One of the most common questions that U.S. immigrants ask is if they need a Social Security number to work. Social Security numbers are used to report a person’s wages to the government and to determine their eligibility for Social Security benefits. Our Dallas immigration attorneys explain if temporary workers need to obtain a Social Security number to get a job in the United States. Do I Need a ...
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  • Presidential Proclamation Ban on Non-Immigrant Visas Has Expired
    Presidential Proclamation 10052, which suspended entry of certain non-immigrants expired March 31, 2021. Now, many non-immigrants will be able to seek entry to the United States. The non-immigrant and previously revoked immigrant entry bans separated thousands of families, impeded the ability for businesses to hire and retain employees, and disrupted the U.S. economy. The COVID-19 global pandemic ...
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  • H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed
    USCIS has received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap) including the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap). USCIS randomly selected from among the registrations properly submitted to reach the cap. The agency has notified all prospective petitioners with selected registrations that they ...
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  • Lawsuit Filed Against DHS for L-2 and H-4 Processing Delays
    On March 23, 2021, a class action lawsuit was filed against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) challenging the extraordinary processing delays on extensions of status and extensions of employment authorization documents (EAD) for H-4 and L-2 nonimmigrant spouses. Jennifer Minear, President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) stated, “The delays that H-4 and L-2 ...
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  • FORM I-944 NO LONGER NECESSARY TO FILE GREEN CARD APPLICATIONS!!!
    USCIS is no longer applying the August 2019 Public Charge Final Rule. As a consequence, among other changes, USCIS will apply the public charge inadmissibility statute consistent with the 1999 Interim Field Guidance . In other words, USCIS is not considering an applicant’s receipt of Medicaid (except for long-term institutionalization at the government’s expense), public housing, or Supplemental ...
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  • How to Find the Right Sponsor Employer for a Temporary Work Visa
    If you want to work in the United States and get a temporary employment visa, you will need a sponsor to apply. Most U.S. employment immigration visas require applicants to demonstrate that they have an employment opportunity lined up in the United States. The employer must be willing to go through the immigration process to hire a temporary worker. If you want to apply for an employment visa, our ...
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  • FY 2022 H-1B CAP REGISTRATION PROCESS TIMELINE
    Please see below for important dates to remember for the FY2022 H-1B Cap Registration: March 2 : Petitioners and registrants can begin creating H-1B registrant accounts at 12pm (EST). March 9 : H-1B registration period opens at 12pm (EST). March 25 : H-1B registration period closes at 12pm (EST).. March 31 : Date by which USCIS intends to notify selected registrants. April 1 : The earliest date ...
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  • USCIS Revises Guidance on Naturalization Civics Educational Requirement
    USCIS updated guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the educational requirements for naturalization. The update, effective March 1, 2021, provides that USCIS will revert to administering the 2008 civics test to applicants who filed for naturalization before December 1, 2020, or who will file on or after March 1, 2021. There will be a brief period during which USCIS may offer both the 2020 ...
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  • USCIS Expands Premium Processing Service to E-3 Petitioners
    Starting Feb. 24, 2021, petitioners filing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker , requesting a change or extension of status to E-3 classification will have the option to request premium processing service for their petition. The E-3 classification applies only to nationals of Australia who are coming to the United States solely to perform services in a specialty occupation. The USCIS ...
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  • USCIS Issues Guidance Regarding Late Issuance of I-765 Receipt Notices for OPT and STEM OPT Applications
    USCIS continues to experience delays at certain lockboxes in issuing receipt notices for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, relating to optional practical training (OPT) for F-1 students. As such USCIS has provided the below clarifications: These delays will not affect the received date. All submissions are date stamped upon arrival at the Lockbox, so regardless of when the ...
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