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USCIS Announcement: H-1B Master’s Cap Has Been Reached

From the USCIS: On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020. After completing the random selection process for the regular cap, USCIS also determined that it has received a number of petitions projected as sufficient to meet...
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April 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for April 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now February 1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in India and China remain with a cutoff date of February 22, 2017. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who have a cutoff date of April 12, 2009 (EB-2) and June 22, 2009 (...
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Premium Processing is now available for all H-1B petitions

As of March 12, 2019, all H-1B petitions will be eligible for premium processing. Acccording to the USCIS recent annoucement: USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the premium processing request.When an H-1B petitioner prop...
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March 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for March 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now January 1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of February 22, 2017, so there has been progress, albeit slow, in this cattegory. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who hav...
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You have migrated to the US, what is your tax exposure?

I am pleased to present this timely tax information from our guest blogger,  Ini Adesanya, CPA It is important that you are aware of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), which allows foreign nationals to disclose specific information about their offshore investments without being penalized. There are various processes involved, and various returns that would need to be filed. Failing...
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How Does the Partial Government Shutdown Affect the EB-5 Immigrant Visa Program?

How Does the Partial Government Shutdown Affect the EB-5 Immigrant Visa Program? At this time, we are entering the fourth week of the partial government shutdown.  Most immigration programs remain unaffected by the shutdown, except the EB-5 Regional Center program. To explain, there are two ways to invest and qualify for the  EB-5 immigrant visa. An investor can start or buy a commerical enter...
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Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead for Employers and Professionals Webinar on January 30

  Are you aware of the Trump administration’s latest plans to further change legal immigration policies that will impact many foreign born professionals and their employers?  Join me for a webinar, “Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead,” for the information you need to know to prepare for these important changes as well as current trends and issues in employment related immigration. ...
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USCIS is largely unaffected by the government shutdown. Only a few immigration programs are suspended.

USCIS is largely unaffected by the government shutdown. Only a few immigration programs are suspended. Funded by application fees, rather than tax dollars, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) remains open during the current government shutdown. Unless otherwise notified, all applicants should attend their interviews and appointments as scheduled. In addition, USCIS will contin...
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Immigration Risk Management Webinar for Employers on December 4

Being an employer entails many responsibilities to the government – meeting employment eligibility and non-discrimination regulations are among those responsibilities. Could you benefit from a quick refresher on immigration risk management? Join me for a free immigration risk management webinar where I will review best practices for employers seeking to insure compliance with state and federal ...
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Plano Multicultural Outreach Roundable Citizenship Workshop set for February 9, 2019

Scheef & Stone Immigration Practice Group attorneys will volunteer to assist citizenship applicants at The Plano MCOR Citizenship Workshop 2019.  In addition, Ann Badmus is a guest speaker at the workshop and will present ” How to Get Qualified Legal Help.”  MCOR’s Citizenship Information Workshop is a FREE annual meeting designed to provide accurate information on becoming a citizen of the Un...
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