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FAQ about What Happens after Your Petition Is Filed

Congratulations! Your petition has been filed and accepted by USCIS. We have successfully completed another significant step in your immigration case. But you are likely wondering, “What happens next?” This document answers the most frequently asked questions we receive from clients about this phase of your process. 1. How long will it take for USCIS to process my case? Once the petition is filed with USCIS, the review and adjudication process also takes time. Processing […]

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Book Excerpt: FAQs about Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 Students

Here is an excerpt from the “F-1 Visa for Students” chapter in Giselle Carson’s book Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, which is available for purchase on Amazon. Is CPT a separate visa status? No, CPT is a benefit of F-1 status. While engaged in CPT, you are still considered to be in F-1 status under the visa sponsorship of your college or university. Does […]

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FAQs about Priority Dates

A priority date establishes your place in the queue for a permanent residency status (also known as a Green Card). You cannot file your Adjustment of Status (AOS) applications or apply for your immigrant consular interview until your priority date is current. Depending on your visa category and country of chargeability, this can be one to several years. For most foreign nationals, losing or retaining a priority date can make a big difference in the […]

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FAQs about the New High-Skilled Workers Rule and Its Impact on New H-1B Visas

On January 17, 2017, the final Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule entitled “Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers” took effect. The rule amended regulations related to various employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs, including the H-1B. Since this is the first filing season where it will be in effect, we wanted to provide answers to the commonly asked questions about the changes.

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I-9 Alert: Automatic Extensions of EADs

Due to the new High-Skilled Workers rule that went into effect on January 17, 2017, USCIS is no longer required to adjudicate EADs within ninety days. To help prevent a gap in employment authorization, DHS will grant automatic 180-day EAD extensions in most categories if filed on the same basis as the initial EAD. Here is what you need to know about these new regulation. 

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FAQs about H-1B Prep: Staying Ahead of the Game

With the upcoming H-1B filing season fast approaching, it’s time to start planning accordingly and based on what we currently know. The Trump administration is expected to issue proposed changes to the H-1B visa program. The proposed changes were outlined in a draft of an Executive Order dated January 23, 2017 titled “Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs.” Additionally, legislation has been introduced in Congress to address the H-1B […]

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