USCIS Celebrates Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, observed on Sept. 17, and Constitution Week, with nearly 240 naturalization ceremonies across the country. More than 38,000 candidates will become America’s newest citizens during the weeklong observance, being recognized this year from Sept. 16-23. The annual commemoration honors the […]

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September 17 is Citizenship Day! Do you know what it takes to become a US citizen?

September 17 is Constitution and Citizenship Day, a day to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.” Congratulations to those who have become citizens this year or have applied for citizenship! According to some reports, there are nearly nine million […]

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USCIS Alert: Beware of Imposter Call Scams

The U.S.Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) warns: If someone claiming to be a government official or law enforcement officer calls making threats such as deportation, beware! Hang up and report it! Here’s How it Works A number appears on your caller ID that may look like a legitimate government number. When you answer, the person […]

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20 Fast Facts Foreign Founders of Start-up Companies Should Know about International Entrepreneur Parole

What if foreign born innovators could get special permission to come to the U.S. and start a new business?   The Obama administration believes such a reality would attract investment and create jobs.  That’s why the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently proposed the international entrepreneur rule, promising to give qualified foreign founders of U.S. […]

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Top 10 Pointers on What to Expect and Do When the Government Shows Up at Your Workplace for an H-1B Site Visit

You hold an H-1B visa and are going about your usual duties at work when you get a call that a government agent wants to speak with you.  As you descend the elevator to the lobby, your imagination goes wild.  As you meet the agent, he identifies himself as an FDNS inspector and wants to […]

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Gov’t Offers Some Immigration Assistance to Flood Victims in Louisiana

USCIS recently announced immigration relief measures that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, such as disasters like the recent severe storms and flooding in Louisiana, such as: Change of nonimmigrant status or extension of nonimmigrant stay for an individual currently in the United States, even if the request is filed after the authorized period […]

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Why Must Some EB-2 Applicants Now Wait Longer to Get Their Green Cards?

To the surprise of many, the  EB-2 green card category is no longer “current” for anyone. This means some applicants must wait before applying for adjustment of status, the final phase of the green card process.  It also means some with pending adjustment of status applications will have to wait longer for approval than before. […]

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Medical Association and 121 Residency Programs Settle Immigration Discrimination Claims

The Justice Department recently announced agreements with 121 podiatry residency programs and the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) to resolve claims that they discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The department’s investigations found that between 2013 and 2015, the programs and AACPM created and published […]

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What Should You Know About the EB-1 Green Card Backlog for Indian and Chinese Nationals?

For the first time in many years, the EB-1 green category is no longer a fast track for all who qualify. At least for now.  Recent predictions of an EB-1 visa retrogression came true when the August 2016 visa bulletin showed a final action cutoff date of January 1, 2010 for EB-1 applicants born in […]

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IMG Physicians: Negotiating your work visa sponsorship

 If you’re an IMG physician, you have an extra job-search consideration—you seek not only employment but also an employer who will sponsor your visa. Here’s what you need to know about finding a willing sponsor. When searching for job opportunities, physicians have tons of considerations—location, compensation, paid time off, work schedule, quality of life and […]

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