Medical Professionals

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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Premium Processing Now Available for Pending H-1B Cap Cases

USCIS recently announced the availability of 15 day guaranteed premium processing for pending H-1B cap cases: "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year year (FY) 2018 cap. The FY 2018 cap has been set at 65,000 visas. Premium processing has also resumed for the annual 20,000 additional petitions tha...
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Employers who depend on DACA workers need to know these facts about the end of the DACA program.

Employers who depend on DACA workers need to know these facts about the end of the DACA program The end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after five years will have a detrimental impact on the U.S. economy. Nearly 91% of the 800,000 DACA recipients are employed. Some studies report that eliminating DACA would cost $433.4 billion in GDP, and reduce Social Security and Me...
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Trump Travel Ban Causes Uncertainty for Foreign Born Physicians and Rural Healthcare

The travel ban is on hold because the states of Washington and Minnesota sued the Trump administration, claiming that, among other things, the ban harmed residents and companies in their states.  The IT and healthcare industries are the most likely to suffer from the ban, according to the lawsuit. A recent National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast and article highlight the problems the travel ban a...
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Big Surge in Citizenship Applications Expected under Trump Administration

Big Surge in Citizenship Applications Expected under Trump Administration For the past six years, I have been a featured speaker and volunteer  at the Plano Multicultural Outreach Roundtable (MCOR) Citizenship Workshop.  The workshop always draws a large number of future citizens but this year, we saw three times as many attendees.  Why?  Some believe the Trump administration's executive orders, ...
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DHS Publishes Final International Entrepreneur Rule

DHS Publishes Final International Entrepreneur Rule The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today published a final rule to improve the ability of certain promising start-up founders to begin growing their companies within the United States and help improve our nation’s economy through increased capital spending, innovation and job creation. Under this final rule, DHS may use its "parole" au...
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Government dismantles the NSEERS, a post 9/11 registry program that mostly targeted Muslim males

Government dismantles the NSEERS, a post 9/11 registry program that mostly targeted Muslim males Statement from the American Immigration Council on the End of NSEERS December 22, 2016 Washington D.C. - Today, the Department of Homeland Security officially ended a Bush-era registry created after 9/11 to track noncitizen men from predominantly Muslim countries. The registry, known as the Nation...
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Green Card Application Portability: New and Improved Rules for Changing Jobs While Waiting for Approval

Green Card Application Portability:  New and Improved Rules for Changing Jobs While Waiting for Approval If you are applying for a  green card based upon employment sponsorship, you are able to change employment while waiting for final approval if you follow  “portability”rules.   On November 18, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced some important updates and  ...
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