Author: Ann Badmus

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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H-1B Employers: Ready for the FY 2019 H-1B Cap Season?

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 on...
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It’s Family Reunification, not Chain Migration

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 ...
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April 2018 Visa Bulletin Green Card Update

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 ...
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Credit Card Payment Now Accepted for Most Immigration Applications

Credit Card Payment Now Accepted for Most Immigration Applications U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today 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 ava...
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Trump Administration’s Termination of DACA, TPS, and H-4 EAD Immigration Programs Could Leave Employers in a Lurch

  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 autho...
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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...
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