Author: Ann Badmus

Compelling Circumstances Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Option Explained

Compelling Circumstances Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Option Explained An employment authorization document (EAD) is a coveted benefit allowing many immigants to work legally in the United States.  For example,  applicants for asylum, temporary protected status,  F-1 or M-1 student  optional practical training, adjustment of status, DACA, and many others can get an EAD that allows work...
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September 2018 Visa Bulletin shows significant delays in approvals for many employment-based green card applicants

September 2018 Visa Bulletin shows significant delays in approvals for many employment-based green card applicants The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for September 2018. Unfortunately, most employment-based (EB) categories for all nationals are backlogged, representing a slow down of green card approval times. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now  June 1, 2...
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How to Contact USCIS when Your Application is Past the Case Inquiry Date

The U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)  provides estimated time ranges for processing applications and petitions on its website at https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times.  For most applications, you can contact the USCIS if your case has been pending longer than the “case inquiry date”  posted on our website. The USCIS Contact Center (formerly the National Customer Service Center)...
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Fact Sheet: How the Government Estimates Application Processing Times

Immigration applicants often want to know how much time it will take to get a decision on their applications.  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigraiton Services (USCIS) does publish processing time estimates,  found at https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times. Applicants should keep in mind that the expected processing times are only estimates, which may not be accurate. The USCIS has recently imple...
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Announcing a Free Live Seminar: What You Need to Know About Immigration in 2018

“What You Need to Know About Immigration in 2018!” Saturday, August 25, 2018,   9:00 am  to 12:00 pm. Jupiter Gardens Event Center, 11325 Pegasus Street, Dallas, Texas. Join us for a free immigration seminar,"What You Need to Know About Immigration in 2018." Attend our free Immigration Seminar, in-person or FaceBook Live, for the latest information, rules and tips about immigration and citiz...
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All About Immigration Q&A Webinar on July 18. Registration Open

Immigration is a hot topic but often misunderstood ! Join us for our All About Immigration Q &A webinar for the chance to get your immigration question answered by experienced and knowledgable immigation attorneys. Date:  July 18, 2018 Time:  11:30 a.m. CT Use your tablet, laptop, desktop, or smart phone to register and access this online event. REGISTER NOW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO AS...
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Fifth Annual Immigrant Heritage Month Kicks Off Nationwide Celebration

Today marks the start of Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM), a nationwide effort to celebrate immigrants and share inspirational stories of immigration in America. Now in its fifth year, IHM is an opportunity for Americans to celebrate the countless contributions immigrants have made and continue to make to the United States, and to reflect on their family’s heritage. This year, IHM is bringing int...
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June 2018 Visa Bulletin Green Card Update

The Department of State has posted the Visa Bulletin for June 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 and China. Family based visas are moving forward slightly. USCIS has advised that it w...
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H-1B Cap Reached for FY2019

USCIS released the following statement on April 6: USCIS has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited...
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USCIS and CBP Announces New Form I-129 Pilot Program for Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants

On March 30, the USCIS announced a new pilot program for L-1 visa applicants who are Canadian citizens.  Read on for the full announcment: "From April 30, 2018, to Oct. 31, 2018, the USCIS California Service Center (CSC) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Blaine, Washington, port of entry (POE) will implement a joint agency pilot program for Canadian citizens seeking L-1 nonimmigr...
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