Employment Immigration

February 2019 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for February 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now December 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of February 8, 2017, so there has been significant progress in this cattegory. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who have a c...
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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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January 2019 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for January 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now October 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of December 15, 2016. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who  stillhave a cutoff date of April 1, 2009 (EB-2) and March 1, 2009 (EB-3...
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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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Planning to Travel Internationally This Holiday Season? Here’s What Should Know for Smooth Sailing Through US Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) When You Return.

U.S. Citizens:  If you don't have your US passport, be sure to apply at least 6 weeks before you plan to travel.  If you need it faster, you can ask for expedited processing if you have urgent international travel plans.  Visit the Department of State passport site for more information. Green Card Holders:  You will need to present your green card when you return. Be sure to make a copy of your g...
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December 2018 Visa Bulletin for Employment Based Green Cards

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for December 2018. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now July 17, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of September 1, 2016. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who  have a cutoff date of  April 1, 2009 (EB-2) and March 1, 2009 (EB-3) A...
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Immigration Policy Alert: USCIS Announces New Medical Exam Validity Period for Green Card Applicants Starting November 1, 2018

Immigration Policy Alert: USCIS Announces New Medical Exam Validity Period for Green Card Applicants Starting November 1, 2018 Generally, all applicants for adjustment of status to permanent residence (I-485 green card) must submit a Form I-693 medical examination report, which is completed by  USCIS approved physicians (“civil surgeon”)  in the United States. On October 16, 2018, the USCIS anno...
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