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Blog Posts in 2021

  • 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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  • Navigating USCIS Biometrics Process During the Pandemic

    Over the last few months, we have seen a rapid rise in biometrics-related issues due to the raging pandemic. USCIS acknowledges the tremendous backlog with biometrics scheduling noting approximately 1.3 million applicants still waiting for biometrics appointments as of mid-December. USCIS is scheduling approximately 10,400 appointments per day. Our office has seen and continues to see delays in ...
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  • USCIS Issues FY2021 Non-selection Notices

    USCIS has not yet issued an official statement that it has concluded the H-1B cap lottery selections for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. However, our office has been able to log into our myuscis.gov accounts and retrieved nonselection notices for the cap registrations we submitted. Please note, the status of the remaining H-1B registrations submitted during March 2020 (i.e., FY2021 cap lottery ...
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  • EB-1 Success Story

    Akula & Associates, P.C. is proud to share that we recently received an approval from USCIS for an EB-1 I-140 petition relating to the Information Technology field. Information Technology is a relatively new and growing field lacking in awards and recognition that are available in other industries, such as engineering and medicine. Following a thorough analysis of the Beneficiary’s achievements ...
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  • How Do I Sponsor an Employee for a U.S. Permanent Resident Status?

    If you are an employer who wants to sponsor a foreign national to become a permanent resident for a permanent job offer, you and the employee will need to go through various steps. Our Dallas immigration attorneys explain what you will need to do as an employer to help the worker become a permanent resident in the U.S. If you need legal guidance sponsoring a foreign worker for a visa, contact our ...
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