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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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When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family-Sponsored or Employment-Based Immigrant Visas: June 2017

When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family-Sponsored or Employment-Based Immigrant Visas: June 2017 Are you seeking to adjust your status and become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based preference immigrant visa? If you have not yet had a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf, please learn more about the Adjustment...
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USCIS Moves Cases Between Offices to Balance Workload

A recent email from USCIS: From January 5 through March 28, USCIS began sending some cases between service centers in order to balance workloads. We have updated our Workload Transfer Updates page with this information: Some Forms I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, for F, M, and J nonimmigrants went from the California Service Center (CSC), the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) a...
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Employers Should Review Form I-9 for Social Security Number Glitch

We received the following email from the USCIS about a form I-9 glitch: If you used Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, that you downloaded between Nov. 14 and Nov. 17, 2016, review them to ensure your employees’ Social Security numbers appear correctly in Section 1. There was a glitch when the revised Form I-9 was first published on Nov. 14, 2016. Numbers entered in the Social Securit...
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USCIS Reminds Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone of May 21 Termination

USCIS Reminds Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone of May 21 Termination USCIS is reminding the public that the designations of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone terminate effective May 21, 2017. To provide sufficient time for an orderly transition, the Department of Homeland Security gave beneficiaries under the...
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