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Blog Posts in 2022

  • 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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  • USCIS Removes Barriers for U.S. Citizenship Applicants with Disabilities

    United Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced revisions to Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, that will remove barriers to legal immigration for U.S. citizenship applicants with disabilities. Naturalization applicants with a physical or developmental disability or mental impairment that precludes them from fulfilling the English and civics testing ...
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  • DHS Designates Ethiopia for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ethiopia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Only individuals who are already residing in the United States as of October 20, 2022, will be eligible for TPS. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas noted that “Ethiopian nationals currently residing in the U.S. who cannot safely return due to ...
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  • USCIS Extending COVID-19 Flexibilities Through January 24, 2023

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending certain COVID-19-related flexibilities through Jan. 24, 2023, to assist applicants, petitioners, and requestors. Under these flexibilities, USCIS considers a response received within 60 calendar days after the due date set forth in the following requests or notices before taking any action, if the request or notice was issued between March 1, ...
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  • USCIS Guidance on Expedited EADs for Healthcare and Childcare Workers

    If you are a healthcare worker or a childcare worker who has a valid immigration status and has an initial Application for Employment Authorization ( Form I-765 ), that has been pending for over 90 days, you can request expedited processing. USCIS had previously announced this flexibility for qualifying healthcare and childcare workers with a pending employment authorization document (EAD) renewal ...
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  • 2024 U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery is NOW OPEN

    What is Diversity Visa Lottery/Diversity Visa Program? The Diversity Immigrant Visa program (also known as the green card lottery) is a government lottery program provides individuals from counties with relatively lower levels of recent immigration to the U.S. and with specific education qualifications a chance to apply for an immigration visa and a green card. In general, the program makes 50,000 ...
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  • Erroneous H-1B Sevis Termination

    There have been various reports that some J-1 exchange visitors and F-1 students are seeing their SEVIS Records erroneously terminated due to a Change of Status adjudication by USCIS, when, in fact, there was a “Consular Notification” decision instead. Those affected F-1 or J-1 status holders should request that their schools’ DSOs/AROs or program officers reach out to the SEVIS Help Desk at ...
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  • What Is The Perm Process All About?

    Purpose Majority of the employment-based visa applicants must go through what is called the “PERM Process” as a prerequisite to filing for an immigration visa. PERM stands for Program Electronic Review Management. The Department of Labor requires employers who are looking for someone to fill their open job position to first offer the job to U.S. workers before extending the position to foreign ...
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  • How Many Times Can I Apply for a U.S. Visa After Rejection?

    Trying to immigrate to the United States can be a long and difficult process. If your application for an employment visa gets denied, it can be even more frustrating and disheartening. The steps to take after a visa rejection can seem complicated and daunting, but understanding the process is the first step in increasing your chances of success. Immigrating to the United States can be a long and ...
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