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Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Update for Nicaragua and Honduras

On November 6, 2017, USCIS announced that it will terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua.  USCIS has delayed the effective date of the termination of the TPS designation for 12 months, with the termination of TPS f… Read More
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Diversity Lottery Entry Period Changed for DV-2019

Per an announcement by the Department of State on October 16, 2017, a technical issue has caused the Diversity Lottery DV-2019 entry period that began on October 3rd to close.  Any entries submitted during the October 3 to October 10 entry period ha… Read More
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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

On October 3, 2017, USCIS announced that Premium Processing of all H-1B petitions has resumed effective immediately. USCIS had temporarily suspended the premium processing program for all H-1B petitions filed on or after April 3, 2017.  Recently, U… Read More
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USCIS Form to Streamline Obtaining Work Authorization and Social Security Number

On October 2, 2017, USCIS announced that it has created an updated version of Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization).  With the updated I-765 form, applicants who qualify for an employment authorization document (EAD) may simultaneous… Read More
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USCIS Denying Pending Form I-131 for Abandonment

USCIS has recently been denying Form I-131 (Application for Travel Document) for Advance Parole when the applicant has traveled abroad while the application is pending.  These applications are being denied even if applicants hold a separate, valid a… Read More
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USCIS Expanding In-Person Interview Requirements

On August 28, 2017, USCIS announced that it will begin expanding the requirement of in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applicants. Effective October 1st, USCIS will phase-in interviews for the following: * Adjustment of Status appl… Read More
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Revised I-9 Form Now Available

On July 17, 2017 USCIS released a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  Use of the prior version of the form (Revision date 11/14/2016) can be used by employers through September 17, 2017.  On or after September 18, 2017, e… Read More
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Premium Processing Service Resumes for Some H-1B Petitions

USCIS recently announced that premium processing service will resume for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions.  Premium processing has resumed for H-1B petitions filed by companies that are:An institution of higher education; A nonprofit related to… Read More
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USCIS Completes Data Entry of 2018 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

USCIS announced on May 3, 2017, that it has completed data entry for all H-1B cap-subject petitions selected  for the 2018 fiscal year. The petitions were selected using a computer-generated random process. USCIS has started returning all H-1B cap-s… Read More
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USCIS Temporarily Suspends H-1B Premium Processing a/o April 3, 2017

On March 3, 2017, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) announced that it will temporarily suspend the premium processing program for all H-1B petitions filed on/after April 3, 2017. According to US CIS, this temporary suspension of the premi… Read More
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On November 6, 2017, USCIS announced that it will terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua.  USCIS has delayed the effective date of the termination of the TPS designation for 12 months, with the termination of TPS f… Read More
Nov
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Per an announcement by the Department of State on October 16, 2017, a technical issue has caused the Diversity Lottery DV-2019 entry period that began on October 3rd to close.  Any entries submitted during the October 3 to October 10 entry period ha… Read More
Oct
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On October 3, 2017, USCIS announced that Premium Processing of all H-1B petitions has resumed effective immediately. USCIS had temporarily suspended the premium processing program for all H-1B petitions filed on or after April 3, 2017.  Recently, U… Read More