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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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  • 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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  • 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 Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2019

    On April 11th, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) utilized a computer generated random selection method to determine which H-1B petitions would be used to meet the mandated cap, and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year 2019. USCIS recieved a total of 190,098 H-1B petitions during the filing period which began April 2nd. On April 6th, the USCIS announced that it had ...
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  • What Is An Adjustment of Status?

    Applying for lawful permanent residency outside the United States through “consular processing” can be a daunting process. This process bounces back and forth between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) and may take a year or more to navigate successful entry into the U.S. after waiting patiently for years to have a visa available. However, consular ...
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  • What Is Executive Order 13788?

    Executive order (EO) 13788 is also called the “Buy American, Hire American” EO. It was issued on April 18, 2017, in order to give direction to government agency to tighten enforcement of existing rules so that American workers and products would be favored over all others. This EO has impacted how many visas for skilled foreign workers are reviewed and also directs the federal government to ...
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  • 3 Tips to Prepare for an ICE Visit at your residence - Know Your Rights!

    The current administration has proven it plans to deport millions of people with the assistance of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). Even this week we saw a massive enforcement raid of 7-Eleven stores aimed at not only illegal workers, but also management who ICE believes has turned a blind eye to improper hiring practices. Here are 3 tips to prepare you for a knock at the ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Temporary Visas

    Plan on coming to the United States? If so, you’ll need a visa unless you are from Canada or are entering under the Visa Waiver Program for less than 90 days. Whatever your temporary purpose in the U.S. might be, there are many visas available and one that probably suits your purpose. If you plan on coming temporarily for short-term business, vacation, or any other purpose, the good news is you ...
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  • H-1B Cap Update

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept new H-1B petitions for the fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) starting on April 2, 2018 and ending on April 6, 2018. These petitions are subject to an annual cap and once the cap is reached, no additional applications will be accepted. Individuals who are in F-1 international student status and are seeking to change status to H-1B or others ...
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  • DACA Update

    The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was a U.S. immigration policy allowing some people to receive a renewable 2-year period of deferred action from deportation if they entered the country as minors. As of this year, around 800,000 individuals were enrolled in the program created by DACA. In September of 2017, the current administration created turmoil for 800,000 DACA recipients when ...
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  • 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Getting a Green Card

    Immigration law tends to be extremely complicated. If you’re hoping to apply for a green card in the United States, you and more than 1 million other people are vying for the same number of permanent residency cards. If you make a mistake during the process, you could lose out on your chance. Here are 3 possible errors many people tend to make when applying. Failing to Properly Sign all Forms Part ...
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  • Changes to Notice for I-140 Beneficiaries Being Revoked

    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just adopted as a matter of policy the Administrative Appeal Office’s (AAO) decision in Matter of V-S-G- Inc., which held that beneficiaries who have been properly ported under AC21 are affected parties. These parties are entitled to receive notice about the potential revocation of the approval of an immigrant visa petition because of ...
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  • University Application Numbers Drop as Foreign Students Look Elsewhere for Opportunities

    With the new administration came a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment, and America’s education institutions are feeling the changes. Fewer and fewer foreign students are applying for student visas, and universities are receiving fewer international applicants. This trend is particularly worrying for institutions that rely on international students to fill their programs. Students who are applying to ...
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  • Selecting the Right Immigration Attorney

    The immigration process can be complex and requires quite a bit of paperwork, which can be challenging if you are not well-versed in immigration law. An immigration attorney can help you through the process, and provide valuable insight into the process, but you may not know how to choose a lawyer to work with. It can take a little work to find the right attorney, but choosing the best lawyer for ...
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  • Trump's Revised Travel Ban Faces Continued Opposition

    After a greatly resisted start, Trump’s executive order which issued a travel ban to many Muslim-majority countries has begun to be implemented. This month saw several rulings contesting the terms of the ban, and other rulings fighting back. This month, the Supreme Court issued a decision to leave parts of the ban in place, providing the Trump administration a short-term win. On September 7, 2017, ...
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  • USCIS Reinstates Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

    USCIS has reinstated Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions for petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2018 cap. This brings back Premium Processing for three classifications of H-1B: Conrad 30 physicians, non-profit entities and the current fiscal year’s cap. Specifically, H-1B extensions and amendments for cap exempt petitions are not yet eligible for the process, but may still attempt to request ...
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  • USCIS Expands Interview Requirements for Some Permanent Residency Applicants

    Certain applicants seeking to become legal permanent residents within the United States should anticipate a more in-depth process for in-person interviews conducted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). As part of Executive Order 13780 – Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States – the change is a clear reflection of the Trump ...
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  • USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitions

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Additionally, there is an annual “master’s cap” of 20,000 petitions filed for beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. Premium processing will resume for petitions ...
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  • USCIS And Regulations

    Immigration is a sizzling hot topic right now and has drawn the ire of many in the current administration, including those at the national level in charge of enforcing the rules and regulations. USCIS, at it's core, is an agency who feels it is looking out for U.S. workers.Often we have clients ask us "Is USCIS singling out my company?" or "It feels like USCIS is picking on me for no good reason! ...
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  • What You Need to Know About DAPA

    Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents – or DAPA for short – was an Obama Administration plan to help qualifying illegal immigrants avoid immediate removal and find a chance to apply for residency. From the moment it was conceived, it has been in the midst of heavy controversy, with opposition coming from multiple sides. DAPA never actually came to fruition, having ...
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