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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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FAQ: Medical Exam for Adjustment of Status

If you are applying for U.S. permanent residence (“green card”), you’ll need to submit to a medical exam. This FAQ is intended to guide you through this process. Why do I have to undergo a medical exam?  The purpose of the examination is to confirm that you are not inadmissible to the U.S. on public health grounds. The medical examination must be performed by a civil surgeon who has been designated by the immigration authorities […]

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FAQ: PERM Labor Certification Process – Phase 2

The First Step to an Employment-Based “Green Card” – The Labor Certification Process (PERM) Phase 2: PERM Advertising and Recruitment Before filing the PERM Labor Certification (LC) with the Department of Labor (DOL), employers are required to complete very specific advertising and recruitment steps for the job at issue. The goal of this phase is to show that no qualified U.S. workers are available for the specific position.

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