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Blog Posts in 2019

  • 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. Get the facts on the difference between natural-born citizenship and naturalization so you ...
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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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  • USCIS Announces New Version of Form I-539 and Provides Updates on Rollout Plan

    USCIS provided the following updates on the new Form I-539: An official copy of the revised Form I-539 and new form I-539A will be published on the USCIS website on March 8, 2019 . USCIS will continue accepting Form I-539 with an edition date of 12/23/16 until March 21, 2019, as long as it is received by USCIS by that date. USCIS will reject any Form I-539 with an edition date of 12/23/16 that is ...
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  • USCIS will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018

    USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, Feb. 19, for all H-1B petitions filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018. If you received a transfer notice for a pending H-1B petition and you are requesting premium processing service, you must submit the premium processing request to the service center now handling your petition. You should also include a copy of the transfer notice with your premium ...
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  • USCIS Announces New Version of Form I-539 Required on March 11, 2019

    On February 11, 2019, USCIS announced that it had revised the Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status as of February 4, 2019, and that it plans to publish the revised form on the USCIS website on March 11, 2019. Starting on March 11, 2019, USCIS will only accept the revised Form I-539 and will reject any prior edition dates. USCIS also announced that it will be publishing a ...
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  • F-1 Student Alert for Students at University of Farmington, MI

    The University of Farmington (“Farmington”) was set up by DHS, set up to entice students who were looking for employment authorization with Curricular Practical Training (CPT) from day one, even though no classroom attendance was required for enrolling at the University. DHS alleges that students who had obtained employment authorization had, in fact, never enrolled in or attended any classes ...
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  • DHS's Changes to the H-1B Visa Lottery Process

    On January 31, 2019, DHS published a final rule which makes two significant changes to the H-1B visa lottery process. The rule (1) adds an electronic registration requirement for petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, and (2) it reverses the order by which USCIS will select petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemptions. The final rule will become effective April ...
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