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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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November 2018 Visa Bulletin for Employment Based Green Cards

November 2018 Visa Bulletin for Employment Based Green Cards The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for November 2018. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is still April 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of June 1, 2016. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who  have a cutoff...
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October 2018 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for October 2018. There has been significant improvement for many categories as compared to this month’s visa bulletin. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now April 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who still have a cutoff date of January 1, 2016. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, exc...
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USCIS Begins Implementing New Policy to Refer Certain Denied Applicants to Deportation Court

Starting today, October 1, 2018, the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) may issue Notices to Appear (NTA) on denied applications which terminate the applicant’s status, including but not limited to, Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (green card), and Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. A NTA starts the removal (deportatio...
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Suspension of Premium Processing for Most H-1B Petitions Begins September 11

Premium processing offers guaranteed 15 day processing for many types of immigration petitions and applications, including H-1B petitions.  Earlier this year, the USCIS suspended premium processing for H-1B petitions for employment subject to annual numerical limits, commonly known as the “H-1B cap-subject” petitions. On August 28, 2018, the USCIS announced that the premium processing option wi...
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Compelling Circumstances Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Option Explained

Compelling Circumstances Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Option Explained An employment authorization document (EAD) is a coveted benefit allowing many immigants to work legally in the United States.  For example,  applicants for asylum, temporary protected status,  F-1 or M-1 student  optional practical training, adjustment of status, DACA, and many others can get an EAD that allows work...
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September 2018 Visa Bulletin shows significant delays in approvals for many employment-based green card applicants

September 2018 Visa Bulletin shows significant delays in approvals for many employment-based green card applicants The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for September 2018. Unfortunately, most employment-based (EB) categories for all nationals are backlogged, representing a slow down of green card approval times. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now  June 1, 2...
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How to Contact USCIS when Your Application is Past the Case Inquiry Date

The U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)  provides estimated time ranges for processing applications and petitions on its website at https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times.  For most applications, you can contact the USCIS if your case has been pending longer than the “case inquiry date”  posted on our website. The USCIS Contact Center (formerly the National Customer Service Center)...
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Announcing a Free Live Seminar: What You Need to Know About Immigration in 2018

“What You Need to Know About Immigration in 2018!” Saturday, August 25, 2018,   9:00 am  to 12:00 pm. Jupiter Gardens Event Center, 11325 Pegasus Street, Dallas, Texas. Join us for a free immigration seminar,"What You Need to Know About Immigration in 2018." Attend our free Immigration Seminar, in-person or FaceBook Live, for the latest information, rules and tips about immigration and citiz...
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All About Immigration Q&A Webinar on July 18. Registration Open

Immigration is a hot topic but often misunderstood ! Join us for our All About Immigration Q &A webinar for the chance to get your immigration question answered by experienced and knowledgable immigation attorneys. Date:  July 18, 2018 Time:  11:30 a.m. CT Use your tablet, laptop, desktop, or smart phone to register and access this online event. REGISTER NOW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO AS...
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