Webinar: Secrets to Winning a Fast-Track EB-1 Green Card

Online Seminar "Secrets to Winning a Fast-Track EB-1 Green Card," Wednesday, May 16, 2018,   11:30 am CST/12:30 pm EST/9:30 am PST.  Highly accomplished and high level professionals can apply for green cards through the EB-1 priority workers categories. Foreign nationals in any industry or occupation can qualify. We have helped doctors, dentists, artists, engineers, business owners, athletes, and many other international professionals win EB-1 green cards. In most cases, EB-1 green cards are ap...
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H-1B Employers: Ready for the FY 2019 H-1B Cap Season?

The race for H-1B professional worker visas begins April 2, 2018.  Employers of recently graduated foreign students and others will vie for new visas, which are limited to  65,000 per fiscal year (the “H-1B cap”).   And of these, 6,800 are reserved for citizens of Chile and Singapore under certain free trade agreements, effectively leaving only 58,200 new H-1B visas for other foreign nationals. Employees holding U.S. master’s degree or higher have a slight advantage.  Congress carved out an e...
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It’s Family Reunification, not Chain Migration

In a recent statement, the government belittled our family reunification immigration laws, adopting the pejorative term  “chain migration.”  It further claimed family immigration “has depressed wages and job opportunities for comparably skilled American workers.” Aside from offering no valid proof of this claim, the current government disregards the objective of keeping families together, which America has long recognized as a core national value. Family-based immigrants simply are not a drai...
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April 2018 Visa Bulletin Green Card Update

The Department of State has posted the Visa Bulletin for April 2018. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is current for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of January 1, 2012.   EB-2 and EB-3 final action dates are  current for all except those born in India, China, and Philippines (EB-3 only). Family based visas are moving forward slightly. USCIS has advised that it will accept adjustment of status applications in April for family-based pe...
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Credit Card Payment Now Accepted for Most Immigration Applications

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that it will now accept credit card payments for filing most of its forms, including the I-485 adjustment of status (green card) applications.  Previously, only citizenship (N-400) applicants could pay by credit card.  However,  the credit card option is not yet available for non-immigrant work visa applications filed using form I-129. The new payment option is available for the 41 fee-based forms processed at USCIS Lockbox ...
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Trump Administration’s Termination of DACA, TPS, and H-4 EAD Immigration Programs Could Leave Employers in a Lurch

Several immigration programs that have authorized over a million immigrant workers are expected to end in 2018 and 2019. The cancellation of these programs will terminate employment eligibility for these workers, making most of them deportable. The loss of these legally authorized workers is likely to destabilize many employers’ workforce and disrupt the economy as a whole. DACA The most publicized termination is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama administr...
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H-1B visa extension rules under AC21 will not change, according to recent USCIS statement

In late December, it was reported that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was considering new regulations that would prevent H-1B visa extensions currently allowed for H-1B workers with pending green card applications. The news report caused quite a stir, considering that such a measure could cause hundreds of thousands of foreign workers to lose their H-1B visas and leave the U.S. even though they were waiting on green card approvals. Under current law (section 104(c) of the ...
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Immigration 2018: A Look at the Year Ahead for Healthcare Employers and Professionals Webinar

Are you aware of the Trump administration’s plans to change legal immigration policies that will impact many foreign born professionals and their employers? Join us for a webinar, “Immigration 2018: A Look at the Year Ahead for Healthcare Employers and Professionals,” for the information you need to know to prepare for these important changes. Webinar details: Date:  Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Time:  11:30 a.m.CT/12:30 p.m.ET/10:30 a.m. MT/9:30 a.m. PT Length:  1 hour Registra...
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Trump Announces Roll Out and Roll Back of the International Entrepreneur Parole

Forced by a federal court order, the Trump administration  finally announced that it will  accept applications pursuant to the  international entrepreneur parole rule (IER). The Obama-era rule  was set to go into effect in July 2017, but was delayed by the current administration.  This announcement should be good news for immigrant innovators who planned to apply for this opportunity  to start-up their businesses in the U.S. Unfortunately, this "victory" is short-lived.  In the same announcem...
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EAD applicants can now apply for work permit and social security number on the same form

USCIS announcement on October 2, 2017: WASHINGTON – Based on a new information-sharing partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), foreign nationals in certain categories or classifications can now apply for work authorization and a social security number using a single form – the updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. To lawfully work in the United States, foreign workers in some categories and ...
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