5 Questions to Ask Before Changing Jobs While Waiting for Your Green Card Approval (2017 Update)

Green card applicants often ask if they are able to change employment while waiting for final approval. The answer is yes, if you follow green card portability rules. According to the rules, if your I-485 application has been pending for 180 days or more, you are eligible to change jobs or employers and continue your green card application. However, portability rules have pitfalls you must ...
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OMG! The USCIS Just Suspended H-1B Premium Processing. What Will Happen to My Application and When Can I Work?

The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will suspend the H-1B premium processing program starting April 3, 2017. The suspension currently applies to all H-1B petitions and could last for six months.  Premium processing is simply expedited service for a premium of $1225. It means the government guarantees action on the H-1B petition within 15 days of payment of the fee. According to ...
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Updated I-9 Handbook for Employers Now Available

USCIS published the updated Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274). The handbook gives employers detailed guidance for completing Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. It reflects revisions to the latest Form I-9 dated 11/14/2016. See the table of changes for highlights of the changes.
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H-1B Premium Processing on Hold after April 3, 2017 so USCIS Can Catch Up

USCIS announced today: "Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to 6 months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker which requests the H-1B nonimmigrant classificati...
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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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Travel and Refugee Ban Suspended For Now

Travel and Refugee Ban Suspended For Now By court order, the travel ban and refugee ban are suspended for now. However, the Trump administration has appeal the court order.  Basically, the federal judge's ruling in favor of the states of Michigan and Washington, temporarily stops the any actions under Executive Order until the court can fully consider the lawsuit.  The lawsuit seeks invalidation ...
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DOS Alert: Executive Order does not restrict the travel of dual nationals from any country with a valid U.S. visa in a passport of an unrestricted country.

DOS Alert: Executive Order does not restrict the travel of dual nationals from any country with a valid U.S. visa in a passport of an unrestricted country. The Department of State, which is the agency responsible for processing visa applications outside the U.S., posted this alert yesterday: "The U.S. government’s national security screening and vetting procedures for visitors are constantly r...
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I-9 Form Alert:  USCIS issues New Guidance for Employers on Automatic Extensions of Employment Authorization Documents

I-9 Form Alert:  USCIS issues New Guidance for Employers on Automatic Extensions of Employment Authorization Documents For those that qualify, an employment authorization document (EAD) gives immigrants  permission to work for a specific period of time, usually one or two years.  For continued work authorization, workers should apply for renewal 180 days before the EAD expiration date to ensure t...
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