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Compelling Circumstances Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Option Explained

Compelling Circumstances Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Option Explained An employment authorization document (EAD) is a coveted benefit allowing many immigants to work legally in the United States.  For example,  applicants for asylum, temporary protected status,  F-1 or M-1 student  optional practical training, adjustment of status, DACA, and many others can get an EAD that allows work...
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September 2018 Visa Bulletin shows significant delays in approvals for many employment-based green card applicants

September 2018 Visa Bulletin shows significant delays in approvals for many employment-based green card applicants The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for September 2018. Unfortunately, most employment-based (EB) categories for all nationals are backlogged, representing a slow down of green card approval times. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now  June 1, 2...
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How to Contact USCIS when Your Application is Past the Case Inquiry Date

The U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)  provides estimated time ranges for processing applications and petitions on its website at https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times.  For most applications, you can contact the USCIS if your case has been pending longer than the “case inquiry date”  posted on our website. The USCIS Contact Center (formerly the National Customer Service Center)...
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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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H-1B Cap Reached for FY2019

USCIS released the following statement on April 6: USCIS has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited...
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USCIS and CBP Announces New Form I-129 Pilot Program for Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants

On March 30, the USCIS announced a new pilot program for L-1 visa applicants who are Canadian citizens.  Read on for the full announcment: "From April 30, 2018, to Oct. 31, 2018, the USCIS California Service Center (CSC) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Blaine, Washington, port of entry (POE) will implement a joint agency pilot program for Canadian citizens seeking L-1 nonimmigr...
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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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Credit Card Payment Now Accepted for Most Immigration Applications

Credit Card Payment Now Accepted for Most Immigration Applications U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will now accept credit card payments for filing most of its forms, including the I-485 adjustment of status (green card) applications.  Previously, only citizenship (N-400) applicants could pay by credit card.  However,  the credit card option is not yet ava...
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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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