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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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How to a Renew Green Card

A green card is the documentation granted to lawful permanent residents (LPR) by the USCIS which demonstrates that the holder is authorized to legally work and live in the United States. Green cards generally expire after 10 years. If the green card expires, it must be renewed for the holder … Continue reading How to a Renew Green Card

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Change of H-1B Workplace Requires Amended Petition

H-1B holders working at multiple worksites must have a Labor Condition Application (LCA) on file for each worksite. Last week the USCIS Administrative Appeals released a decision that states any geographic change in the workplace listed on the LCA accompanying all H-1B visas requires filing an amended application. Also, any … Continue reading Change of H-1B Workplace Requires Amended Petition

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April Visa Bulletin

The April Visa Bulletin has been released. With it comes news of standstills for some and advancements for others. How the visa bulletin works is that every month, based on a complicated formula, the State Department publishes a chart for green card visa availability. The quota is based on one’s … Continue reading April Visa Bulletin

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March Visa Bulletin

The Visa Bulletin for next month – March 2014 – has been released, and there hasn’t been much movement and even some stagnation. How the visa bulletin works is that every month, based on a complicated formula, the State Department publishes a chart for green card visa availability. The quota … Continue reading March Visa Bulletin

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The Government Shutdown’s Effect on US Immigration

The government shutdown has been the leading story in the news over the past week. The effects of the shutdown cannot be understated, especially on the American immigration system. This article will explore the numerous consequences the government shutdown has on the various aspects of the American immigration system. Fortunately, … Continue reading The Government Shutdown’s Effect on US Immigration

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L-1A Guidelines Clarified, USCIS Gets Reprimanded

The Administrative Appeals Office (“AAO”), where USCIS decisions get appealed, gave a decision that not only clarified the standards for approving L-1A visas, but also reprimanded USCIS for constantly applying a more difficult and incorrect standard. This is a a positive development for the L-1A petitioner in the case, and … Continue reading L-1A Guidelines Clarified, USCIS Gets Reprimanded

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Visa Bulletin Jumps in September 2013

The month of August was a great time for those who applied in the Family-based 2A category (spouses and children of legal permanent residents) as we have previously discussed here. It looks like USCIS has continued pushing visa applications along and have made more categories current. For September, the F2A … Continue reading Visa Bulletin Jumps in September 2013

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Legal Issue Series – What to do about Delayed OPT Extensions

For many foreign students on F-1 visas, the practical American training they receive is just as important as their education. To this end, many F-1 students seek “OPT” or Optional Practical Training extensions so that they can stay longer to receive practical training. These OPT extensions are valuable because it … Continue reading Legal Issue Series – What to do about Delayed OPT Extensions

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USCIS Publishes E-Verify Program Reports

The E-Verify system is an optional screening tool for employers used to check an employee’s work authorization status. With mandatory E-verify participation a part of the CIR Bill (SB 744), it would be prudent for current and future business owners to be familiar with the E-verify system and its effectiveness. … Continue reading USCIS Publishes E-Verify Program Reports

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