Author: Ann Badmus

Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Hurricane Irma

Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Hurricane Irma From the USCIS public service announcement: USCIS offers immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including disasters such as Hurricane Irma. The following measures may be available on a case-by-case basis upon request: Changing a nonimmigrant status or extending a nonimmigrant stay fo...
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Celebrate Welcoming Week with us – September 15 to 22

In observance of Welcoming Week, a nationwide campaign to bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone, the Immigrant Entrepreneur Network presents two free workshops: “Your Money Matters”  – This Immigrant Journey to Success workshop promotes financial success for all immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents.  Re...
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Ann Badmus will speak at Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit 

Ann Badmus is a panelist speaker at the  Texas Two-Stepping to a Better World: A Celebration of Citizen Diplomacy – Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit in Austin, Texas hosted by GlobalAustin, San Antonio Council for International Visitors, and Global North Texas.  Global Ties U.S. and  member organizations, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, host a series of summits across the Un...
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Employers who depend on DACA workers need to know these facts about the end of the DACA program.

Employers who depend on DACA workers need to know these facts about the end of the DACA program The end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after five years will have a detrimental impact on the U.S. economy. Nearly 91% of the 800,000 DACA recipients are employed. Some studies report that eliminating DACA would cost $433.4 billion in GDP, and reduce Social Security and Me...
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October 2017 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the Visa Bulletin for October 2017.  Fortunately, EB-1 is now current for all nationals.  EB-2 is now current for all except Indian and Chinese nationals. And EB-3 continues to be current for all  except those born in India, China, and Philippines. Family based visas are moving forward slightly. The government fiscal year starts October 1, 2017, so the forw...
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USCIS Requires Interviews for nearly all Green Card Applicants as of October 1

Press release from USCIS: WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applicants whose benefit, if granted, would allow them to permanently reside in the United States. This change complies with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” and is pa...
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Premium Processing Now Available for Certain H-1B Cap-Exempt Petitions

Premium Processing Now Available for Certain H-1B Cap-Exempt Petitions U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Additionally, there is an annual “master’s cap” of 20,000 petitions filed for beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degre...
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New I-9 form will be issued on July 17. Previous form must be discontinued after September 17.

The USCIS just announced that it will release a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17.  According to the USCIS, "Employers will be able to use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through Sept. 17. On Sept. 18, employers must use the revised form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N. Employers must continue following existing stor...
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Haitian TPS Extended until 1/18/2018. Applicants Must Renew EAD by 7/24/2017.

USCIS Announcement to Employers: The Secretary of Homeland Security has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti for 6 months, from July 23, 2017, through Jan. 22, 2018. If your employee is a current beneficiary of Haiti’s designation for TPS: To be able to use his or her Form I-766, Employment Authorization Document (EAD), as evidence of employment eligibility after it...
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