Legislation and Policy

Fact Sheet: How the Government Estimates Application Processing Times

Immigration applicants often want to know how much time it will take to get a decision on their applications.  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigraiton Services (USCIS) does publish processing time estimates,  found at https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times. Applicants should keep in mind that the expected processing times are only estimates, which may not be accurate. The USCIS has recently imple...
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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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Fifth Annual Immigrant Heritage Month Kicks Off Nationwide Celebration

Today marks the start of Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM), a nationwide effort to celebrate immigrants and share inspirational stories of immigration in America. Now in its fifth year, IHM is an opportunity for Americans to celebrate the countless contributions immigrants have made and continue to make to the United States, and to reflect on their family’s heritage. This year, IHM is bringing int...
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April 2018 Visa Bulletin Green Card Update

April 2018 Visa Bulletin Green Card Update The Department of State has posted the Visa Bulletin for April 2018. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is current for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of January 1, 2012.   EB-2 and EB-3 final action dates are  current for all except those born in India, China, and Philippines (EB-3 only). Family ...
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Trump Administration’s Termination of DACA, TPS, and H-4 EAD Immigration Programs Could Leave Employers in a Lurch

  Trump Administration’s Termination of DACA, TPS, and H-4 EAD Immigration Programs Could Leave Employers in a Lurch Several immigration programs that have authorized over a million immigrant workers are expected to end in 2018 and 2019. The cancellation of these programs will terminate employment eligibility for these workers, making most of them deportable. The loss of these legally autho...
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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 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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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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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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