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Blog Posts in 2019

  • USCIS Announces Implementation of Electronic H-1B Registration Process

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a requirement for employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, to first electronically register and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee before filing a petition for the fiscal year 2021 H-1B cap. USCIS will open an initial registration period from March 1 through ...
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  • What is a K-1 Fiance(e) Visa?

    A K-1 visa is a type of immigrant visa for which United States citizens may sponsor a fiance(e) who lives abroad. Learn how to sponsor your fiance(e) for this type of visa. Eligibility Requirements for a K-1 Visa According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you may sponsor your fiance(e) who lives abroad if you meet the following requirements : You are a U.S. ...
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  • Filing DACA Applications in the Wake of Federal Court Rulings

    On November 12, 2019, the Supreme Court will hear several arguments in several cases challenging the Trump administration’s rescission of the DACA program. A decision could come as soon as early 2020. While there are no new changes to the DACA program at this time, clients who want to renew their DACA should submit their applications to USCIS as soon as possible given USCIS processing times and an ...
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  • USCIS Implements $10 Fee for H-1B Registration

    USCIS announced a final rule that will impose a $10 registration fee requirement for petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap subject petitions on behalf of cap-subject beneficiaries. The rule is effective December 9, 2019, and the fee will be required when registrations are submitted. USCIS is slated to implement the registration process for the FY2021 H-1B cap selection process, pending completed ...
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  • Understanding Family Preference Categories

    United States citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) may sponsor certain relatives for family-based visas . Depending on the sponsor’s relationship to the sponsee, they may receive priority access for a family-based visa. Learn about family preference categories to stay informed on the family-based immigration process. Family-Based Immigration United States immigration law allows U.S. ...
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  • Who Can I Sponsor for a Family-Based Visa?

    United States citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) may sponsor certain relatives who live abroad for a family-based visa. This temporary visa provides the first step for many immigrants seeking full U.S. citizenship down the line. Learn which relatives you may sponsor for a family-based visa and how to do so. Types of Family-Based Visas U.S. immigration law separates family-based visas ...
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  • Featured Issue: Public Charge Changes at USCIS, DOJ, and DOS

    On October 11, 2019, the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York enjoined and restrained the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and USCIS from “enforcing, applying, or treating as effective” the DHS Public Charge Final Rule. In addition, the court specifically enjoined the government from implementing the use of any new or updated forms whose submission would be required under ...
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  • USCIS Will Only Accept New Editions of Forms I-485, I-129, I-539, I-864, I-864EZ, and I-944 if Postmarked on or After October 15, 2019

    October 9, 2019 USCIS published the new editions of Forms I-485 , I-129 , I-539/I-539A , I-864 , I-864EZ , and I-944 . USCIS updated its website to state: USCIS will accept the current edition of this form if it is postmarked on or before Oct. 14 . USCIS will not accept it if it is postmarked on or after Oct. 15, 2019 . A dated receipt from the courier service used (such as UPS, FedEx, or DHL) is ...
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  • Family-Based Visas 101

    Family-based visas are many immigrants’ first step on their path to full United States citizenship. Current U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) may sponsor certain relatives to receive a green card or a family-based visa based on their family relationship. Learn more about family-based immigration and how to sponsor a relative who lives abroad for a green card or a family-based ...
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  • What’s the Difference Between Naturalization and Citizenship?

    United States citizenship grants certain unalienable rights to citizens of this country. You can achieve citizenship in multiple ways: being born in the U.S. or certain American territories, having parents who were citizens at the time of your birth if you were born abroad, and applying for naturalization. A citizenship certificate is given to someone who acquires citizenship through their US ...
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  • Which Visa Do I Need?

    Any foreign national seeking to immigrate to the United States generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident and have an approved petition before obtaining an immigrant visa. Get the facts on this process and the various types of immigrant visas to find the best solution for your needs. Family-Based Visas Family-based visas allow U.S. citizens or lawful permanent ...
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  • Green Card 101

    A permanent resident card, also known as a green card, allows foreign nationals to live and work in the United States permanently. Get the facts on how to qualify and apply for a green card. Green Card Eligibility Those who wish to apply for a green card must meet certain eligibility criteria. Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ website for more details on each of the following ...
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  • Understanding U.S. Immigration Law

    There are several ways to immigrate to the United States to establish permanent residency and, ultimately, gain citizenship. Get the facts on how to qualify and apply for certain types of immigrant visas, sponsor loved ones to enter the country, and more. Types of U.S. Immigration Foreign nationals who want to live or work permanently in the United States must obtain an immigrant visa. There are ...
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  • USCIS Announces FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season Start, Updates, and Changes

    USCIS Announces FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season Start, Updates, and Changes available here .
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  • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

    USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the premium processing request. When an H-1B petitioner properly requests the agency’s premium processing service, USCIS guarantees a 15-day processing time. If we do not take certain adjudicative action ...
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