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October 2017 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the Visa Bulletin for October 2017.  Fortunately, EB-1 is now current for all nationals.  EB-2 is now current for all except Indian and Chinese nationals. And EB-3 continues to be current for all  except those born in India, China, and Philippines. Family based visas are moving forward slightly. The government fiscal year starts October 1, 2017, so the forw...
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USCIS Requires Interviews for nearly all Green Card Applicants as of October 1

Press release from USCIS: WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applicants whose benefit, if granted, would allow them to permanently reside in the United States. This change complies with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” and is pa...
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New Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents Starting May 1, 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing the new cards on May 1, 2017. These redesigns use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features to create cards th...
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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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When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family-Sponsored or Employment-Based Immigrant Visas: December 2016

Are you seeking to adjust your status and become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based preference immigrant visa? If you have not yet had a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf, please learn more about the Adjustment of Status Filing Process. If you already have a petition filed or approved on your behalf, you may have to wait for an ...
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Immigration Application Fees Set to Rise on December 23

Immigration Application Fees Set to Rise on December 23 Planning to apply for a visa or green card?  You should know that fees charged by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for most applications will increase about 21% on December 23, 2016. According to the USCIS, this increase is necessary cover the full cost of services, including the costs for fraud detection and national...
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When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for FamilySponsored or Employment-Based Preference Visas: November 2016

Are you seeking to adjust your status and become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based preference immigrant visa? If you have not yet had a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf, please learn more about the Adjustment of Status Filing Process. If you already have a petition filed or approved on your behalf, you may have to wait for an ...
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Why Must Some EB-2 Applicants Now Wait Longer to Get Their Green Cards?

Why Must Some EB-2 Applicants Now Wait Longer to Get Their Green Cards? To the surprise of many, the  EB-2 green card category is no longer “current” for anyone. This means some applicants must wait before applying for adjustment of status, the final phase of the green card process.  It also means some with pending adjustment of status applications will have to wait longer for approval than befor...
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Immigration Appeals Office Approves National Interest Waiver for Specialty Care Physician

Washington, D.C. – The American Immigration Council applauds the Administrative Appeals Office’s (AAO) decision to withdraw the Texas Service Center Director’s (TSC) restrictive interpretation in Matter of H-V-P-, a case involving a national interest waiver. The TSC decision would have prevented a specialty care physician (hematology-oncology) from providing medical care in a community that has a ...
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Proposed Green Card Rule Clarifies Procedures for Changing Jobs or Employers While Waiting for Green Card Approval

Proposed Green Card Rule Clarifies Procedures for Changing Jobs or Employers While Waiting for Green Card Approval On December 31, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a proposed rule that would implement changes to several non-immigrant visa programs and immigrant visa (green card) programs.  According to the DHS, these proposed changes would (1) improve the process for employe...
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