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Business (B-1) Visas May Become Harder to Get

USCIS is developing rules, policy memoranda, and operational changes to continue implementing President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American Executive Order. One priority area is the Business (B-1) and Tourist (B-2) visa programs. USCIS has proposed regulatory changes to restrict the criteria for these classifications. These changes could limit permissible business activities. USCIS is also considering changes to the B-1 in Lieu of H visas. Following a discussion with the Departments of State, Labor, and […]

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ICE Pushing Employers to Revamped E-Verify Site

ICE has been more aggressive on enforcement efforts and encouraging employers to enroll in E-Verify, which basically provides the government with direct access to your I-9 information.    The recent revamp of the E-Verify website is aimed at supporting employers’ enrollment.   Some of the changes include features to: help ensure correct data entry, make the system more user-friendly, increase the speed and accuracy of results, streamline the creation and management of cases, improve data integrity […]

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From Cuba to America, Sandoval Inspires at the Jax Jazz Festival

Energetic, brilliant, and multifaceted, Arturo Sandoval’s performance was inspiring. Arturo was born in Cuba and defected the Castro regime. He is a symbol of freedom, hard work, and of the contributions of immigrants to our country.

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Giselle Speaks: Beaches Rotaract Club and CLE “Immigration Law for Lawyers”

On May 1st, Giselle spoke about Current Issues on Immigration to the Beaches Rotaract Club. She also presented her CLE “Immigration Law for Lawyers: What You Need to Know” to Marks Gray attorneys. She is hosting a “Lunch and Learn” series to legal networks and law firms.

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F, M, J Status Holders: Major Change to Accrued Unlawful Presence Policy

Starting August 9, 2018, USCIS officers must follow a new policy to calculate unlawful presence for F, J, and M status holders and their dependents who are admitted in duration of status or until a specific date. The policy for those in other nonimmigrant statuses will remain the same. This policy is important because a student may be subject to a 3-year, 10-year, or permanent bar to admission if they accrue too many days of […]

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USCIS Finishes Data Entry for FY2019 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

It’s official! USCIS has completed the data entry for all H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the lottery. It has now begun to adjudicate petitions. The petitions not selected and the related USCIS’ filing fees will be returned in a few months. Since there are so many petitions, the timeline for returning all petitions is unknown. However, the process is usually completed by August.

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