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Immigration Benefit Application And Petition Fees Set To Rise On December 23

On Monday, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that immigration benefit application and petition fees will be raised effective December 23, 2016. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on Monday and affects most immigration petitions and applications. The USCIS is funded almost entirely by … Continue reading Immigration Benefit Application And Petition Fees Set To Rise On December 23

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Obama Administration Encourages Lawful Permanent Residents to Become Citizens

Lately there has been a push by the Obama administration and the USCIS to encourage and celebrate US citizenship. The USCIS launched a citizenship campaign to raise awareness about citizenship and education about the naturalization process. President Obama also utilized Citizenship Day, which occurred in September, to encourage legal permanent … Continue reading Obama Administration Encourages Lawful Permanent Residents to Become Citizens

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Immigration Consequences for Minor Crimes

Although sometimes the hardest part may be trying to get a visa, it can also be difficult just trying to keep it. Regular, everyday people can sometimes get charged for minor crimes such as DUIs, minor domestic disputes, car accidents, or even minor drug possession charges. This article will discuss … Continue reading Immigration Consequences for Minor Crimes

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Domestic Worker Visa Options

It is not uncommon for many families and business people to bring personal assistants with them while traveling to the United States. These people can be nannies, butlers, maids, cooks, chauffeurs, and others. These domestic workers may come to the United States under a B-1 visa if they and their … Continue reading Domestic Worker Visa Options

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Special Visa Categories for Canadians

Despite the media attention surrounding immigration from Mexico, it’s important to remember that the United States shares a border to the north with Canada as well. Given Canada’s proximity to the United States, it is no surprise that there are some special requirements and restrictions for Canadians seeking entry into … Continue reading Special Visa Categories for Canadians

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DECEMBER VISA BULLETIN

The visa bulletin for December of this year has been released. This month’s visa bulletin has seen both modest and significant movement forward, as well as some unfortunate retrogression for certain visa seekers from India. In the family categories, the biggest advancements were only by a measure of approximately two … Continue reading DECEMBER VISA BULLETIN

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Advanced Parole or H-1B?

It is a stressful, but rewarding, time when a noncitizen finally begins their adjustment of status process to obtain a green card. Not only are many of the visa restrictions lifted, but it also allows for more frequent travel in and out of the United States. This article will explore … Continue reading Advanced Parole or H-1B?

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Visas and Residency for UC Tuition Purposes

It is no secret that many immigrants are young students seeking to attend the United States’ top universities. Many of these universities are in California, but California universities’ out-of-state tuition rates can be prohibitively expensive. What is considered a “resident” for California university tuition purposes has some interplay with immigration … Continue reading Visas and Residency for UC Tuition Purposes

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The Basics of Establishing an EB-5 Regional Center

The rise in the Employment Based-5th category visa (“EB-5”)’s popularity has led to a corresponding rise in the number of Regional Centers, which are USCIS designations to businesses that pool EB-5 Investor funds for larger investments. Despite the number of Regional Centers, establishing a Regional Center can be notoriously difficult … Continue reading The Basics of Establishing an EB-5 Regional Center

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CIR’s Renewed Strength

Although it may seem like Comprehensive Immigration Reform (“CIR”) has lost some steam, the push for CIR has continued its momentum and, if anything, has picked up more. Silicon Valley’s tech companies have recently renewed is support for CIR in the wake of the government shutdown. Well known tech figures … Continue reading CIR’s Renewed Strength

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