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Premium Processing Now Available for Pending H-1B Cap Cases

USCIS recently announced the availability of 15 day guaranteed premium processing for pending H-1B cap cases: "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year year (FY) 2018 cap. The FY 2018 cap has been set at 65,000 visas. Premium processing has also resumed for the annual 20,000 additional petitions tha...
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Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan Extended for 18 Months

The USCIS has extended temporary protected status (TPS) for 18 months for nationals of South Sudan.  In the recent announcement, the USCIS confirmed: Current beneficiaries of South Sudan’s TPS designation seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register. The deadline will be published in the Federal Register and on www.uscis.gov/tps  later this week. Those who re-register and request a new e...
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Temporary Protected Status for Sudan to Terminate in November 2018

The USCIS  has terminated temporary protected status for Sudan effective next year, November 2018.  The recent announcement states: "Current beneficiaries of Sudan’s TPS designation seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register. The deadline will be published in the Federal Register and on www.uscis.gov/tps later this week. Those who re-register and request a new employment authorization ...
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USCIS Celebrates Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, Welcoming More Than 30,000 New U.S. Citizens

From the USCIS WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, observed on Sept. 17, with over 200 naturalization ceremonies across the country as part of this year’s Constitution Week from Sept. 15 to 22. More than 30,000 lawful permanent residents will become America’s newest U.S. citizens during this week. The annual commemor...
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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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