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Blog Posts in 2022

  • Which Countries Are Protected Under Temporary Protected Status?

    Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status that allows individuals from certain countries to remain in the United States. In order for an individual to qualify for TPS, the Secretary of Homeland Security must designate their foreign country for TPS. The Secretary of Homeland Security designates countries for TPS due to conditions in the country that make it unsafe for their ...
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  • High Number of Employment-Based Visas Available According to the USCIS

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that there are an “exceptionally high number of employment-based visas available.” If you are currently seeking employment opportunities in the United States as a foreign national, now is the time to seek an employment visa. Our Dallas immigration attorneys explain why there is a high number of employment visas available and ...
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  • USCIS Temporary Final Rule Increasing Automatic Extension Period for certain EADs

    USCIS temporary final rule providing that the automatic extension period applicable to expiring EADs for certain renewal applicants who have filed Form I-765 will be increased from up to 180 days to up to 540 days from the expiration date stated on their EADs. This increase will be available to eligible renewal applicants with pending Forms I-765 as of 5/4/22, including those applicants whose ...
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  • DHS Announces TPS Registration Process for Ukraine and Sudan

    On 4/18/22, DHS announced that the TPS registration process for both countries begins on April 19, 2022 . All individuals who want to request TPS under the designation of Ukraine or Sudan must file an application. Eligibility: Ukraine : must demonstrate continuous residence in the U.S. since April 11, 2022 , and continuous physical presence in the U.S. since the designation date in the Federal ...
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  • Admission to the United States

    When you enter the United States, you are inspected by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent. After approving your admission to the United States, the border inspector does two things: Stamps your passport with an admission date, expiration date, and the class of admission (such as B-2 for tourist, WT for ESTA, or H-1B for H-1B worker). Enters your admission record into CBP’s database. ...
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  • Expedited Visa

    The COVID pandemic has made international travel unpredictable. The conditions in every country are different and change quickly, making getting a visa appointment more complicated. Consulates must balance expanding routine visa services with limited resources, other responsibilities, and country conditions. As a result, timely visa appointments are not always available and the rules for ...
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  • DHS Designates Cameroon for TPS

    On 4/15/2022, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Only individuals who are already residing in the United States as of April 14, 2022 , will be eligible for TPS. Individuals who attempt to travel to the United States after April 14, 2022, will not be eligible for TPS. Information on filing is yet to be ...
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  • Next Steps After H-1B Visa Approval

    It’s H-1B season, so this means that if you applied for an H-1B visa, you will be getting an approval or denial response from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) soon. If your H-1B visa is approved – your immigration efforts don’t stop there. Our Dallas immigration attorneys explain what are some of the next steps you should take after your H-1B visa gets approved. After H-1B ...
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  • I Am Applying for a U.S. Work Visa. Can I Bring My Family?

    Seeking career opportunities in another country can be daunting, especially if you have to leave your loved ones behind. If you seek employment in the United States as a foreign national, you might wonder if you can bring your family along with you. Our Dallas immigration attorneys explain if you can obtain a visa for your spouse or children if you received an employment visa in the United States. ...
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  • H-1B FY 2023 Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

    USCIS has announced the initial H-1B registration selection process for the fiscal year (FY) 2023 is completed. All prospective petitioners with selected registrations have been notified. Registrants’ online accounts will now show one of the following statuses for each beneficiary registered : Submitted: The registration has been submitted and is eligible for selection till the end of the fiscal ...
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  • USCIS Updates Guidance on Employment Authorization for E and L Nonimmigrant Spouses

    On Nov. 12, 2021, USCIS issued a policy announcement confirming that E and L spouses are employment authorized based on their valid E or L nonimmigrant status. Since the November 2021 announcement, the Department of Homeland Security added new Class of Admission (COA) codes to distinguish between E and L spouses and children. As of Jan. 30, 2022, USCIS and CBP began issuing Forms I-94 with the ...
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  • Can You Change Jobs on an H-1B Visa?

    If you landed a job in the United States with an H-1B visa, but your role isn’t what you expected, you might be thinking about getting a new job. Finding a new job can be a long and complex process when working under an H-1B visa. Aside from going through the challenges of job searching, you will need to complete certain steps with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) . Can I ...
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  • Ukraine Granted TPS Designation for 18 Months

    On March 3, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. A country may be designated for TPS when conditions in the country fall into one or more of the three statutory bases for designation: ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, or extraordinary and temporary conditions. Individuals eligible for ...
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  • USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2022 H-1B Cap

    USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2022. They have completed sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts. The status for registrations properly submitted for the FY 2022 H-1B ...
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  • USCIS Decoupling Adjudication of EADs and Advance Paroles to Expedite EAD Issuance

    Over the last several days, we have received numerous reports from clients that they are receiving approved employment authorization documents (EADs) that do not include advance parole (AP) travel authorization, even though the applicant had requested both benefits. When an applicant requested both an EAD and advance parole, USCIS had previously been issuing “combination cards” that included both ...
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