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Premium Processing is now available for all H-1B petitions

As of March 12, 2019, all H-1B petitions will be eligible for premium processing. Acccording to the USCIS recent annoucement: USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the premium processing request.When an H-1B petitioner prop...
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March 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for March 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now January 1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of February 22, 2017, so there has been progress, albeit slow, in this cattegory. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who hav...
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Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead Webinar Recording Now Available

Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead Webinar Recording Now Available Are you aware of the Trump administration’s latest plans to further change legal immigration policies that will impact many foreign born professionals and their employers? Watch this informative webinar,  “Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead,” for the information you need to know to prepare for these important chang...
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February 2019 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for February 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now December 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of February 8, 2017, so there has been significant progress in this cattegory. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who have a c...
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How Does the Partial Government Shutdown Affect the EB-5 Immigrant Visa Program?

How Does the Partial Government Shutdown Affect the EB-5 Immigrant Visa Program? At this time, we are entering the fourth week of the partial government shutdown.  Most immigration programs remain unaffected by the shutdown, except the EB-5 Regional Center program. To explain, there are two ways to invest and qualify for the  EB-5 immigrant visa. An investor can start or buy a commerical enter...
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Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead for Employers and Professionals Webinar on January 30

  Are you aware of the Trump administration’s latest plans to further change legal immigration policies that will impact many foreign born professionals and their employers?  Join me for a webinar, “Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead,” for the information you need to know to prepare for these important changes as well as current trends and issues in employment related immigration. ...
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January 2019 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for January 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now October 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of December 15, 2016. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who  stillhave a cutoff date of April 1, 2009 (EB-2) and March 1, 2009 (EB-3...
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Plano Multicultural Outreach Roundable Citizenship Workshop set for February 9, 2019

Scheef & Stone Immigration Practice Group attorneys will volunteer to assist citizenship applicants at The Plano MCOR Citizenship Workshop 2019.  In addition, Ann Badmus is a guest speaker at the workshop and will present ” How to Get Qualified Legal Help.”  MCOR’s Citizenship Information Workshop is a FREE annual meeting designed to provide accurate information on becoming a citizen of the Un...
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Planning to Travel Internationally This Holiday Season? Here’s What Should Know for Smooth Sailing Through US Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) When You Return.

U.S. Citizens:  If you don't have your US passport, be sure to apply at least 6 weeks before you plan to travel.  If you need it faster, you can ask for expedited processing if you have urgent international travel plans.  Visit the Department of State passport site for more information. Green Card Holders:  You will need to present your green card when you return. Be sure to make a copy of your g...
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December 2018 Visa Bulletin for Employment Based Green Cards

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for December 2018. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now July 17, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of September 1, 2016. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who  have a cutoff date of  April 1, 2009 (EB-2) and March 1, 2009 (EB-3) A...
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