Family Immigration

December 2017 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the Visa Bulletin for December 2017.  EB-1 is still current for all nationals.  EB-2 and EB-3 continue to be  current for all except those born in India, China, and Philippines. Family based visas are moving forward slightly. USCIS has advised that it will accept adjustment of status applications for family-based petitions based on filing dates chart.  For ...
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November 2017 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the Visa Bulletin for November 2017.  EB-1 is still current for all nationals.  EB-2 and EB-3 continue to be  current for all except those born in India, China, and Philippines. Family based visas are moving forward slightly. USCIS has advised that it will accept adjustment of status applications for family-based petitions based on filing dates chart.  For ...
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US Suspends Non-Immigrant Visa Processing in Turkey

New non-immigrant visa applications are suspended at all U.S. embassies in Turkey until further notice. This suspension of services is not a visa ban on Turkish citizens.  Anyone who has a valid visa already  can still travel to the United States.  New visa applicants can apply for a visa at another U.S. embassy or consulate outside of Turkey. Here is the U.S. Ambassador John Bass' statement on...
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New In-Person Interview Requirement for Employment-Based Green Card Applicants

New In-Person Interview Requirement for Employment-Based Green Card Applicants As of October 1, 2017, many more green card applicants must appear at USCIS offices for in-person interviews.  This change could affect hundreds of thousands of people applying for lawful permanent residence.  The USCIS will be phasing in interviews for all employment-based green card applicants as well as others. T...
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EAD applicants can now apply for work permit and social security number on the same form

EAD and social security number application on the same form USCIS announcement on October 2, 2017: WASHINGTON – Based on a new information-sharing partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), foreign nationals in certain categories or classifications can now apply for work authorization and a social security number using a ...
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Trump’s New Travel Ban

On September 24, 2017, the Trump administration imposed new travel restrictions on foreign nationals seeking to enter the United States from eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Starting October 18, 2017, the travel ban  applies to individuals of the designated countries who: (1) are outside the U.S. on the applicable effective date ; (ii) do not h...
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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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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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