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H-1B visa extension rules under AC21 will not change, according to recent USCIS statement

In late December, it was reported that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was considering new regulations that would prevent H-1B visa extensions currently allowed for H-1B workers with pending green card applications. The news report caused quite a stir, considering that such a measure could cause hundreds of thousands of foreign workers to lose their H-1B visas and leave the U...
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Immigration 2018: A Look at the Year Ahead for Healthcare Employers and Professionals Webinar

Immigration 2018: A Look at the Year Ahead for Healthcare Employers and Professionals Webinar Are you aware of the Trump administration’s plans to change legal immigration policies that will impact many foreign born professionals and their employers? Join us for a webinar, “Immigration 2018: A Look at the Year Ahead for Healthcare Employers and Professionals,” for the information you need to k...
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Trump Announces Roll Out and Roll Back of the International Entrepreneur Parole

Forced by a federal court order, the Trump administration  finally announced that it will  accept applications pursuant to the  international entrepreneur parole rule (IER). The Obama-era rule  was set to go into effect in July 2017, but was delayed by the current administration.  This announcement should be good news for immigrant innovators who planned to apply for this opportunity  to start-up ...
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Trump plans to H-4 EAD rule allowing spouses of H-1B holders to work in U.S.

In another measure to roll back Obama-era initiatives, the Trump administration is likely to end the H-4 EAD rules which gave work authorization to thousands of legal immigrants since 2015.   CNN reports that the Department of Homeland Security stated that it intends to eliminate the rule, without explanation, other than: "[I]t was acting "in light of" the "Buy American, Hire American" executiv...
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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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