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Webinar: 2017 Tax Planning – What US Residents should know about their US & Foreign Tax Compliance

MyTaxFiler.com recently announced a tax planning webinar on December 2 at 11:00 a.m. CT.  Participants will learn important financial information about: Unique US Tax provisions that apply to Work Visa Holders / Short Term Residents (H1 / L1 / J1 / OPT / CPT, E visas) Tax Deductions and Credits to lower your taxes Tax Planning & Strategies  Foreign Tax Compliance – FBAR & F...
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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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Premium Processing Now Available for all H-1B Petitions

USCIS announcement on 10/3/2017: WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa extension of stay petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions. H-1B visas provide skilled workers for a wide range of specialty occupations, including information technology, engineering, and mathematics. When 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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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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