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US Suspends Non-Immigrant Visa Processing in Turkey

New non-immigrant visa applications are suspended at all U.S. embassies in Turkey until further notice. This suspension of services is not a visa ban on Turkish citizens.  Anyone who has a valid visa already  can still travel to the United States.  New visa applicants can apply for a visa at another U.S. embassy or consulate outside of Turkey. Here is the U.S. Ambassador John Bass' statement on...
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New In-Person Interview Requirement for Employment-Based Green Card Applicants

New In-Person Interview Requirement for Employment-Based Green Card Applicants As of October 1, 2017, many more green card applicants must appear at USCIS offices for in-person interviews.  This change could affect hundreds of thousands of people applying for lawful permanent residence.  The USCIS will be phasing in interviews for all employment-based green card applicants as well as others. T...
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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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Trump’s New Travel Ban

On September 24, 2017, the Trump administration imposed new travel restrictions on foreign nationals seeking to enter the United States from eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Starting October 18, 2017, the travel ban  applies to individuals of the designated countries who: (1) are outside the U.S. on the applicable effective date ; (ii) do not h...
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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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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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USCIS Celebrates Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, Welcoming More Than 30,000 New U.S. Citizens

From the USCIS WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, observed on Sept. 17, with over 200 naturalization ceremonies across the country as part of this year’s Constitution Week from Sept. 15 to 22. More than 30,000 lawful permanent residents will become America’s newest U.S. citizens during this week. The annual commemor...
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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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