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Dispelling Four Myths About the H-1B Visa

By Sweta Khandelwal Immigration issues seem to pervade the news but of all the visa programs that allow foreign-born people to legally work in the U.S, it seems that the H-1B visa program generates some of the most debate. Unfortunately, most of the time, this debate feels very much one-sided, with news reports about abuse of […]

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USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY2019

USCIS announced that on 4/11/18, it used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally mandated cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for FY2019. Unselected petitions will be rejected and returned with their filing fees.   From: “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services” <[email protected]> Date: April 12, 2018 at […]

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Notations on Nonimmigrant Visas

Notations on nonimmigrant visas (NIV) regarding the purpose and duration of stay are encouraged when the visas are limited and when the use of such notations would be helpful to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inspectors or other consular officers when processing future visa applications.  Positive notations such as VISIT UNCLE SAN FRANCISCO, THREE […]

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Chain-based vs Merit-based immigration

Chain migration Chain-based immigration also known as “family-based immigration” allows an individual to obtain a permanent residency (Green Card) based on his/her family relationship.  Spouses and minor children of a lawful US citizen or a legal permanent resident qualify as immediate relatives and do not need to wait for a visa number. For those individuals, there’s no […]

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CRS Provides Information on the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

Jill H. Wilson, Analyst in Immigration Policy ([email protected], 7-0002) On October 31, 2017, a resident of Patterson, NJ, reportedly drove a truck onto a bicycle path in New York City, killing 8 and injuring 11. Authorities have described the incident as a terrorist attack, and the suspect has been identified as an immigrant from Uzbekistan. […]

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Temporary Protected Status (TPS). New Adjustment opportunities

Following a recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, ramirez v. brown, 852 F.3d 954 (9th Cir. 2017), some people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are now eligible for adjustment of status and can obtain a green card in the USA. This decision concerns only current TPS holders. People whose TPS has expired are not […]

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HIGH-SKILLED IMMIGRATION IN A TIME OF HIGH UNCERTAINTY

For decades, business immigration law, and high-skilled business immigration in particular, was something of a transactional practice.  There was little debate that our country benefits when American employers have access to the world’s best and brightest talent, and while there were difficult cases, there was also a substantial level of predictability. Quite simply, software engineers, […]

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Pending Asylum. Alternative options to obtain a permanent resident status

If you have a pending Asylum case, there may be another option available for you to obtain a permanent resident status. Individuals with pending affirmative Asylum applications can file for immigrant status, including employment (i.e. PERM, EB-1) or family petition. Following conditions must be met in order for a potential petitioner to be eligible: 1. […]

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EB-5 Processing Time Report (12/1/17)

USCIS Processing Time Information for the Immigrant Investor Program Office   Instructions on Using the Chart Below is a chart that shows the form number, form name and processing times for the following forms that are processed by the Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO). Find the particular form number (in the left column) or form […]

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USCIS Adjustment of Status Filing Dates for December 2017

Dates for Filing Family-Sponsored Adjustment of Status Applications: Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications:   Source: AILA Doc. No. 17112836.

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