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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Changes to Notice for I-140 Beneficiaries Being Revoked

    he 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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  • New 90 Day Rule in Foreign Affairs Manual Addresses Misrepresentation

    The Department of State has made revisions to the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) in regards to immigrants who intentionally misrepresent facts in order to obtain a visa or other permission to enter the United States. In particular, the 30/60 day rule has been entirely eliminated and replaced with language that describes a new “90 day rule.” Many people who seek a status adjustment after coming to ...
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  • Travel Ban Further Modified, Adds North Korea & Others to Ban List

    The Trump Administration has updated and modified its travel ban order to include North Korea, Venezuela, and Chad and remove Sudan. It cited security protocols and information transparency as its decision to add the three countries and take the African country off the list. The White House forwarded a press release to announce the changes, stating that it was meant to be part of the ongoing ...
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  • Delay in NSC Processing of H-4/EAD Applications Filed with Premium Processing H-1Bs

    The Nebraska Service Center (NSC) has advised that, due to the high volume of incoming premium processing requests, H-4 I-539 and H-4 I-765 EAD applications that are concurrently filed with premium H-1B petitions before the April 3, 2017, premium processing suspension may not be adjudicated concurrently with the I-129 and within the prescribed 15 days. Due to the rapid influx of premium requests, ...
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  • We're Hosting A Conference!

    Akula & Associates, P.C., is hosting a conference call to discuss the currently signed Executive Order, drafted Executive Order Memorandum and proposed legislation regarding H-1B visas, OPTs, and H4 EADs. Date and Time: February 6th, 2017 @ 6:00PM CST Dial Into the Conference: Dial-In Number: (319) 527-2754 Access Code: 632457 Instructions: At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into ...
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  • Watch Out for USCIS Imposter Calls

    If you should receive a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to be a government official, law enforcement officer, or representative of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), hang up immediately ! Several reports have surfaced of impostor government officials calling individuals using seemingly-legitimate government phone numbers and claiming that there is a problem ...
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  • USCIS Proposes Rule to Welcome International Entrepreneurs

    WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing a new rule, which would allow certain international entrepreneurs to be considered for parole (temporary permission to be in the United States) so that they may start or scale their businesses here in the United States. Read the advance version of the notice of proposed rulemaking: International Entrepreneur Rule . Once the ...
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  • Obama Immigration Plan In Jeopardy After Supreme Court's Split Decision

    Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA for short, has been shut down and perhaps permanently derailed due to a 4-4 even split decision coming from the Supreme Court. The ruling came after Texas initiated a challenge, which was then picked up by another 25 states, to the Obama Administration’s plans to reform immigration laws and rules across the country. ...
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  • USCIS Upgrades Virtual Assistant to Include Spanish-Speaking Capabilities

    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website has had a virtual assistant – named Emma – for a while now. She helps direct users to the right pages, can answer basic questions, and is generally helpful. But only to a certain extent. As a virtual assistant who could only speak and read English, her usefulness was understandably limited. In order to make Emma better and ...
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  • H-1B Petitions to Be Available at Nebraska Service Center

    Foreign specialists holding an advanced degree in their career field will soon need to send their visa petitions to the heart of the United States. The Nebraska Service Center in Lincoln has stated that it will begin accepting certain H-1B petitions starting July 1, 2016. In particular, it will accept Form I-129 for H-1B and H-1B1 (for Chile/Singapore Free Trade) petitions in the circumstances ...
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  • USCIS seeks comments on proposed rule affecting certain employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visa programs

    USCIS is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would modernize and improve certain aspects of employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. USCIS is also proposing regulatory amendments to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions and are waiting to become lawful ...
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  • New Law Increases H-1B and L-1 Petition Fees

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113), signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015, increases fees for certain H-1B and L-1 petitioners. These petitioners must submit an additional fee of $4,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $4,500 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions postmarked on or after December 18, 2015. The additional fees apply to petitioners who employ ...
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  • New USCIS Proposal Regarding employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visa programs.

    The USCIS has proposed an initiative that would streamline and enhance specific aspects of employment-based immigration and non-immigrant visa programs. The USCIS is also recommending amendments that will make it easier for U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign employees of approved employment visa petitions who are waiting for permanent residency. To read the proposed rule published ...
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