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USCIS’ No Deference Memorandum

If you are filing an extension request, you can no longer rely on a smooth process. Previously, adjudicators gave deference to the findings of the earlier approved petition, unless there was evidence of an error, fraud, or changes to key elements. However, under a new USCIS memo, adjudicators must apply an elevated level of scrutiny to extension requests. All the prior evidence and much more will have to be reproved and resubmitted. The USCIS’ officers will readjudicate the petition […]

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WEBINAR – How to Prepare for the New H-1B Cap Season: What You Need to Know

The Trump Administration policy “Buy American, Hire American” is leading to many changes in immigration, particularly with H-1B processing. Join us for a one-hour webinar to discuss the following and more: H-1B application timeline New required documentation Proving the professional nature of the occupation My H-1B is filed, now what? What’s next? Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST   Register Now

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Travel Alert: New US Domestic Requirement for All Travelers Starts Jan. 22

Starting January 22, 2018, the US Department of Homeland Security will not accept certain state-issued IDs for domestic travel. Passports are universally accepted and the preferred ID for all air travel. Florida state-issued IDs are compliant. However, if you plan to use an ID issued by another state for travel within the United States on or after January 22, visit this Department of Homeland Security website for details.

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Immigration Outlook for 2018

As we begin 2018, we expect ongoing efforts to transform and limit our legal immigration system without Congress’ approval. Some of the policies and changes being looked at include: Eliminating the work authorizations for certain H-1B spouses; Overhauling the H-1B program, including a new definition of “specialty occupation” and reworking the definitions of “employment” and “employer-employee relationship”; A modified H-1B cap selection process based upon degrees and wages; Reform for the F-1 student program that […]

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Combined EAD and SSN Application Form Will Allow Faster Onboarding of New Employees

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) have teamed up to allow eligible foreign workers to apply for both an employment authorization document (EAD) and a Social Security number (SSN) using one new Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Previously, applicants had to file Form I-765 with USCIS to obtain their EAD, and then visit their local Social Security office in person and complete additional paperwork to get their SSN […]

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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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