Medical Professionals

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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DOJ Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against California Skilled Nursing Facility

  DOJ Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against California Skilled Nursing Facility The Justice Department reached a settlement agreement recently with Villa Rancho Bernardo Care Center (VRB), a skilled nursing facility in San Diego.  The agreement resolves the department’s investigation of VRB for discrimination against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation of the I...
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IMG Physicians: Negotiating your work visa sponsorship

 If you’re an IMG physician, you have an extra job-search consideration—you seek not only employment but also an employer who will sponsor your visa. Here’s what you need to know about finding a willing sponsor. When searching for job opportunities, physicians have tons of considerations—location, compensation, paid time off, work schedule, quality of life and more. But most IMG physicians have a...
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H-1B Lottery

USCIS confirmed to AILA that standard procedures will apply for the FY2017 lottery: If more than enough H-1Bs are received during the first 5 business days in April, a random lottery will be conducted for petitions received during that time period for first the master’s and then the regular cap. As it does each year, on March 16, 2016, USCIS announced that it would begin accepting H-1B cap-subj...
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H-4 EAD: USCIS Against Travel While H-4 Visa and EAD Applications are Pending

H-4 EAD: USCIS Against Travel While H-4 Visa and EAD Applications are Pending USCIS would like to remind individuals applying for a change of status to H-4 that if you travel abroad before we approve your Form I-539, Change of Status (COS) application, we will consider your application to be abandoned. This means we will deny your COS application. If you filed your Form I-765, Application for E...
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