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Social Media Questions for Visa Applicants

U.S. Department of State recently proposed new questions that would require visa applicants to disclose all social media identities used in the last five years. They may also ask about international travels and request a five-year history of applicants’ phone numbers and email addresses. Exemptions will be made for diplomatic and official visas. If you will be applying for a visa, be aware that you may need to gather this additional information to prepare for […]

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ALERT: Undeliverable Immigration Documents Destroyed After 60 Days

If you have recently moved or plan to move, this is important news! Unless you provide USCIS with the correct address, any Permanent Resident Card, Employment Authorization Card, or Travel Document that are returned as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service will be destroyed after 60 days. Don’t risk it! Report your change of address within 10 days of your move. To submit an address change notification, it is best if you notify USCIS electronically. […]

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I-9 Verification of Current Employee with Automatic EAD Extension

As EAD extension delays become more common, so does the need to verify employees who are subject to a 180-day automatic extension. In this article, you’ll learn how to complete the process for current employees. Check back next month to learn how to handle it for new employees. What should the employer do first? The category code on the EAD must match one of these categories: A03, A05, A07, A08, A10, C08, C09, C10, C16, […]

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USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Cases… Again

USCIS has announced another temporary suspension of Premium Processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions, including those seeking an exemption for individuals with a master’s degree or higher. However, unlike last year, they will continue to accept Premium Processing for petitions that are not subject to the cap, including those filed by cap-exempt institutions. USCIS will announce when they resume premium processing, but the suspension is expected to continue until September 10, 2018.

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L-1s and TNs Border Processing – A Dramatic Change Ahead

In another effort to tighten legal immigration, CBP and USCIS announced in a conference call that they are rolling out a pilot program to eliminate “on-the-spot” L-1s and TNs NAFTA adjudications at the border. The program will first be implemented at the Blaine Washington State port of entry starting April 30, 2018. The current in-person border application will be replaced with a mail-in application, which might take 3-5 days of adjudication through the California Service Center, […]

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Signatures Become Even More Important

Effective March 18, 2018, USCIS will no longer accept power of attorney signatures on forms from petitioners and applicants seeking immigration benefits. For forms filed by a corporation or other legal entity, an authorized person who is employed by the petitioner must sign. This is important because if a form is filed with a faulty signature, USCIS may reject the form without offering a chance to fix the problem. Power of attorney signatures are only authorized for children under 14 years old and individuals […]

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