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New Immigration Reform Proposal Could Affect Every Part of Current Policy

Author: Giselle Carson

Giselle Spoke at the HR Executive Roundtable

Giselle was honored to speak at the HR Executive Roundtable about “Untapped Talent: Discovering Fresh New Ways to Diversify and Strengthen your Workforce.” The speakers shared new insights on sources of talent in our community and creative strategies for attracting and recruiting talent. The invite-only event was hosted by Florida Blue in partnership with Right Management.  

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USCIS Policy Guidance on H-1B Master’s Cap Exemption

This May, USCIS issued an important policy memorandum about the H-1B master’s cap exemption. In order to qualify for the exemption, the institution granting your master’s degree must be considered a US institution of higher education, as defined by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), at the time you received your master’s degree. If the institution is qualified after your graduation date, you are not eligible for the master’s cap exemption and must enter the general H-1B […]

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Wondering How the New Employment-based Adjustment of Status Interview Requirement Will Affect You?

On August 28, USCIS announced that there will be a new requirement for in-person interviews for employment-based Adjustment of Status cases that were filed after March 6, 2017. This new requirement will be effective starting October 1. Since the 1990s, most of the employment-based Adjustment of Status cases have been adjudicated without interviews. This new requirement was made in reaction to the president’s Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the […]

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Do You Know the Current Processing Time for Your Case?

We encourage our clients and readers to please check the approximate processing times published by USCIS for certain petitions and applications. Although these are only approximate times, they can help you plan better, including postponing or cancelling travel plans; planning for a new hire or a new job; and/or applying for a driver’s license. With a caveat, the actual processing times can be longer (and in some unique and welcomed situations slightly faster) than those […]

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Is It Possible to Extend My ESTA Admission Beyond 90 Days?

Many foreigners enter the United States using ESTA and ask us whether they can extend this status. The answer for most applicants is: no. If you need to stay for longer than 90 days, you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Instead, you can apply for a visitor B visa. The requirements for the B visa are similar to the Visa Waiver program. You can […]

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Status Expiration, I-94, Visa Stamp: What Does It All Mean?

Entering the United States on a visa can be a confusing process. You may not be sure if you are here in legal status. Here are explanations of a few terms that can help clarify your situation. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Immigration Status Your immigration status is the legal category under which you were admitted (e.g., H-1B, L-1, O-1, P-1, TN, F-1, B). Each category has […]

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