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  • FY 2024 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens on March 1
    Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2024 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 17, 2023. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations using our online H-1B registration system. Prospective H-1B ...
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  • USCIS Extends Green Card Validity for Conditional Permanent Residents with a Pending Form I-751 or Form I-829
    USCIS is extending the validity of Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) for petitioners who properly file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence , or Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status for 48 months beyond the card’s expiration date . This change started on January 11, 2023, for Form I-829 and will start on January 25, ...
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  • USCIS Must Now Adjudicate H-4, H-4 EAD, and L-2 Together with I-129
    Major settlement requires USCIS to adjudicate H-4, H-4 EAD, and L-2 together with Form I-129. This historic settlement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Edakunni v. Mayorkas, provides structural changes for nonimmigrant H-4 and L-2 spouses suffering from long-delayed processing times which often lead to delayed employment authorization. These delays started due to the institution ...
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  • USCIS Announces Final Phase of Premium Processing Expansion for EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions and Future Expansion for F-1 Students Seeking OPT and Certain Student and Exchange Visitors
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is implementing the final phase of the premium processing expansion for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers , under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. Unlike previous phases of the expansion, this phase applies to new (initial) petitions, in addition to all previously filed Form I-140 petitions under an E13 multinational executive and ...
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  • Extension and Redesignation of Somalia for TPS
    On 1/12/2023, DHS announced an extension and redesignation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months ( from March 18, 2023, through Sept. 17, 2024 ). Eligibility Individuals who were already residing in the United States as of Jan. 11, 2023 , will be eligible for TPS under Somalia’s redesignation if they also meet all other eligibility requirements. Somalis entering the United ...
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  • A Complete Guide to the H-1B Registration Process
    The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant work visa in the United States which allows U.S. employers to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations temporarily. The H-1B visa is for a specific job, and the employee cannot start working until they have the H-1B approval notice from USCIS. If you are a foreign national interested in obtaining an H-1B visa, it is vital that you understand all the steps ...
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  • H-1B Visas: FAQs
    The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows U.S. employers to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations temporarily. Employers often use the H-1B visa program to hire foreign workers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. If you’re interested in obtaining an H-1B visa, you may have countless questions. Get answers to the most common questions below. What Is ...
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  • Temporary Protected Status for Yemen Redesignated and Extended
    Redesignation Allows Additional Eligible Yemeni Nationals to Apply for TPS and Employment Authorization Documents. On 12/30/22, DHS announced an extension and redesignation of Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months (from March 4, 2023, through Sept. 3, 2024) due to ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions that prevent Yemeni nationals from safely ...
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  • Options for Nonimmigrant Workers Following Termination of Employment
    To those employment-based visa holders (E-3, H-1B, H-1B1, or L-1) whose employment was terminated, there are options available to you. Considering the recent mass layoffs affecting many of the employment-based visa workers, one option is eligibility for principal beneficiaries with an approved I-140, who have a non-available visa and compelling circumstances to receive employment authorization ...
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  • USCIS Plans to Possibly Update the Naturalization Test
    Individuals in the process of transitioning from a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Status to obtaining their U.S. Citizenship are required to take a naturalization test. This test has four (4) components: reading, writing, civics, and the ability to speak English. USCIS plans to conduct a five (5) month trial in 2023 to see whether updates to the current naturalization test are needed. ...
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  • DHS Announces Registration Process for Temporary Protected Status for Ethiopia
    On 12/9/22, DHS announced that the TPS registration process for Ethiopia will begin on December 12, 2022 . All individuals who want to request TPS under the designation of Ethiopia must file an application. Eligibility: Must demonstrate continuous residence in the U.S. since October 20, 2022 , and continuous physical presence in the U.S. since the designation date, December 12, 2022. ** ...
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  • Tips to Connect With Long-Distance Family Members During The Holidays
    The holidays are a time for family and togetherness, but for many families, this is often impossible due to immigration restrictions. Immigration can separate families for years at a time, making it difficult to celebrate the holidays together. Our team at Akula & Associates P.C. has put together tips to help you stay connected with your family living abroad. Tips to Stay Connected with Families ...
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  • Passport Entry Stamps
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is Discontinuing Passport Entry Stamps, Transitioning to Online I-94 Arrival/Departure Records Only; Mistakes Are Common – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has automated the I-94 process for most nonimmigrants arriving by air and sea. This means that in many cases, foreign nationals no longer receive an entry stamp in their passports at ports of ...
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  • Step-by-Step Guide to Obtaining a Marriage Visa
    It can be complicated when two people from different nationalities decide to get married. One of the most common issues that arise is the question of visas. How will the couple be able to stay together in one country? Citizens can apply for a K-1 marriage visa to marry a foreign national in the United States. A K-1 visa allows a foreign national to come to the United States and marry their fiancé ...
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  • ACICS Loss of Recognition May Affect Certain Students Applying for English Language Study and 24-month STEM OPT Extension Programs, H-1B, and I-140 Applicants
    On Aug. 19, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency. This determination immediately affects two immigration-related student programs: English language study programs, as the programs are required to be accredited under the Accreditation of English Language ...
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