Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead Webinar Recording Now Available

Are you aware of the Trump administration’s latest plans to further change legal immigration policies that will impact many foreign born professionals and their employers? Watch this informative webinar,  “Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead,” for the information you need to know to prepare for these important changes as well as current trends and issues in employment related immigration. Enjoy! This information is provided as an educational service. Consult with an attorney t...
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February 2019 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for February 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now December 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of February 8, 2017, so there has been significant progress in this cattegory. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who have a cutoff date of April 6, 2009 (EB-2) and April 22, 2009 (EB-3) AND those born in China who now have a ...
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How Does the Partial Government Shutdown Affect the EB-5 Immigrant Visa Program?

How Does the Partial Government Shutdown Affect the EB-5 Immigrant Visa Program? At this time, we are entering the fourth week of the partial government shutdown.  Most immigration programs remain unaffected by the shutdown, except the EB-5 Regional Center program. To explain, there are two ways to invest and qualify for the  EB-5 immigrant visa. An investor can start or buy a commerical enterprise and directly manage the business.  This is typically called the "direct investment" EB-5 progr...
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USCIS is largely unaffected by the government shutdown. Only a few immigration programs are suspended.

USCIS is largely unaffected by the government shutdown. Only a few immigration programs are suspended. Funded by application fees, rather than tax dollars, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) remains open during the current government shutdown. Unless otherwise notified, all applicants should attend their interviews and appointments as scheduled. In addition, USCIS will continue to accept new applications except for the EB-5 regional center program, E-Verify, and non-ministe...
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January 2019 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for January 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now October 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of December 15, 2016. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who  stillhave a cutoff date of April 1, 2009 (EB-2) and March 1, 2009 (EB-3) AND those born in China who now have a cutoff date of  August 1, 2015 (EB-2) and June 8, 2015 (EB-...
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Immigration Policy Alert: USCIS Announces New Medical Exam Validity Period for Green Card Applicants Starting November 1, 2018

Generally, all applicants for adjustment of status to permanent residence (I-485 green card) must submit a Form I-693 medical examination report, which is completed by  USCIS approved physicians (“civil surgeon”)  in the United States. On October 16, 2018, the USCIS announced a new policy about the validity period for a medical examination report (Form I-693). For many years, the I-693 form was valid indefinitely as long as it was filed within one year of the civil surgeon’s signature date.  ...
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November 2018 Visa Bulletin for Employment Based Green Cards

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for November 2018. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is still April 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of June 1, 2016. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who  have a cutoff date of March 26, 2009 (EB-2) and January 1, 2009 (EB-3) AND those born in China who now have a cutoff date of May 15, 2015 (EB-2) and June 15, 2015 (EB-3). How...
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Citizenship applicants now take English reading and writing tests on digital tablet at naturalization interviews

USCIS news release: On Oct. 1, USCIS began using digital tablets to administer the English reading and writing tests during naturalization interviews as part of the agency’s ongoing business modernization efforts. Although USCIS applicants already use digital tablets to sign or verify parts of their applications, this new approach expands tablet usage, allowing the device to be used for a greater portion of the application process. USCIS will be able to continue using the paper process on a cas...
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Cap-Gap and Unlawful Presence Warning for F-1 OPT Students with Pending H-1B Petitions

September 30 marked the end of work authorization for F-1 students who were working based upon their pending  “cap-gap” H-1B petitions.  Until the H-1B petition is decided, these students can remain in the U.S. but must stop working as of October 1.  If the student continues working, he or she will no longer have legal status and will accrue unlawful presence, which could jeopardize their H-1B petition.  Today, the USCIS warned against unauthorized employment to these students and their employer...
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October 2018 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for October 2018. There has been significant improvement for many categories as compared to this month’s visa bulletin. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now April 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who still have a cutoff date of January 1, 2016. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who now have a cutoff date of March 26, 2009 (EB-2) and January 1, 2009 (EB-...
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