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Options Beyond the H-1B: Consider the NIW and Its New Adjudicatory Standard

  On December 27, 2016, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) issued a landmark decision for EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) green card cases, which may make it easier for some to pursue this option. The AAO decision eliminated the existing NYSDOT standards and replaced them with more realistic standards. USCIS may now grant an NIW if the petitioner demonstrates: that the foreign national’s proposed endeavor has both substantial merit and national importance; that he or […]

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Are You Eligible for a 10- or 60-Day Grace Period?

The new High-Skilled Workers rule granted new grace periods that those in non-immigrant status may not be aware of yet. You can use your grace period to prepare to begin employment in the country, plan to depart the United States, or take action to extend, change, or otherwise maintain lawful status. However, it is important to note that you are not authorized to work during that grace period. Who is eligible for a 60-day grace […]

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Trump’s Changes to Visa Issuance and Admissions

Although the travel ban order has been halted by the courts, the new administration has signaled “increased scrutiny” on visa issuance to the US consulates. Its effects are being reflected in the processing of visas at US consulates. Data released by the government shows that the United States issued about 40 percent fewer temporary visas in March of 2017 to citizens of the seven Muslim-majority nations affected by the bans – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, […]

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Plan Ahead: Visa Delays Expected

Summer is always a busy season for travelers. If you’re traveling on a visa, you may already know to expect more delays and give yourself plenty of time. This year, though, is likely to be even worse than normal due to the recent executive orders. Already, we are seeing more background checks, more delays in getting through the airport, and more complaints about consulates. With this in mind, here a few tips to make the […]

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Video: Which Work Visa Is Right for My Employees?

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Employer Alert: Difficulty Receiving EADs in the Mail

If a foreign national is reporting difficulty getting an EAD in the mail, consider these two common issues. There must be someone present to receive the EAD. When no one is home, the post office returns the EAD to USCIS. If you are expecting an EAD, make arrangements with your post office to ensure delivery. If a foreign national moves, you must notify USCIS promptly. Otherwise, the EAD might not be delivered at all. It […]

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