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OPT Rules and Requirements for F-1 Students

International students in the U.S. in valid F-1 immigration status are permitted to work off-campus in optional practical training status. Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Eligible students can apply to receive up to 12 months of OPT employment authorization. Pre-completion OPT: […]

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Immigration Opportunity Untouched by the Trump Administration

President Donald Trump’s immigration policies have significantly affected immigration landscape of the United States and made it harder for certain groups of foreign nationals to obtain permanent residency in the U. S. This is especially true for low income immigrants, who are likely to become depended on the U.S. government for assistance (see our previous […]

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Immigrant vs. Nonimmigrant Visas

Under the current U.S. immigration system, all visas can be divided into two main categories: immigrant visas and nonimmigrant visas. For many foreign nationals, these terms are subject to confusion. In short, a nonimmigrant visa means temporary. This category includes a broad variety of visas with a limited authorized period of stay. B-1/ B-2 Visitors […]

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NEW “Public Charge” Rule

Under current immigration law, a foreign national can be denied a Green Card if (s)he is likely to become a “public charge”, which means become dependent on the government. The rule used to apply only to immigrants who heavily relied on cash aid from the government. However, a new “public charge” rule, recently introduced by […]

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Why and How to Understand the Visa Bulletin?

Every month the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issues the Visa Bulletin. It shows when you can file for Green Card and when you can actually receive Green Card. Understanding the Visa Bulletin can be confusing, but it is crucial to the Green Card process. The Visa Bulletin was created because the demand for immigrant […]

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Spouses of Green Card Holders Can File for Green Card Now

Foreign nationals, whose immediate relatives are permanent residents, might be eligible for Green Card. For a long time spouses and unmarried children under age 21 of green-card holders have been experiencing a three-to-five-year wait for Green Card based on Visa Bulletin posted monthly by the Department of State. However, the latest Visa Bulletin for August […]

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Raids: Know Your Rights

While ICE raids are targeting cities all across America threatening to deport thousands of immigrants, it is important to be prepared and to know your rights in case of a raid or other encounter with immigration or law enforcement. Everyone, including all documented and undocumented immigrants, in the U.S. has rights under the Constitution. Knowing […]

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Naturalization Fact Sheet

The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world. During the last decade, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) welcomed more than 7.4 million naturalized citizens into the fabric of our nation. In the fiscal year 2018, over 757,000 people were naturalized. Deciding to become a U.S. citizen […]

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Everything You Need to Know About USCIS Processing Delays

Recent changes in immigration policies triggered by “Buy American, Hire American” executive order and increased volume of filed petitions resulted in immigration delays. Institution of interviews for all employment-based green card cases, along with an increased amount of RFEs created substantial backlogs. At the same time suspensions of premium processing for certain petitions made it […]

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U.S. VISA APPLICANTS ARE NOW REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE FIVE YEAR OF THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA HISTORY

The Department of State updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application forms to request additional information, including social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers, from most U.S. visa applicants worldwide. According to The State Department, collecting this additional information “will strengthen our process for vetting these applicants and confirming their identity.” The new […]

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