Immigration Blog

Five Key Points you should know about the Long Awaited Premium Processing Options

After decades of asking, USCIS finally expanded its premium processing service to include additional immigration petitions and application types. Here are the key points that you need to know: 1 – The initial expansion will apply to these categories: Forms I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, EB-1 multinational managers and executives and EB-2 national interest waiver category will be allowed to upgrade the case to premium processing. 2 – Opportunities are currently limited to petitions […]

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Happy New Year Travel News: In-Person Visa Waivers & Southern African Travel Restrictions Lifted.

The Department of State (DOS) and the Biden Administration are bringing Happy New Year News for some travelers and visa applicants. New Waivers of In-Person Visa Interviews for Some Applicants The DOS has announced that Consular officers, through the end of 2022, will be able to use their discretionary power to waive the in-person interview requirement for certain temporary employment nonimmigrant visa applicants with USCIS approved petitions.  This new discretionary power applies to H-1, H-3, […]

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What Proactive Steps Can Employers Take to Lessen the Likelihood of Form I-9 Investigation or Fines?

This is the tenth and final post in a series promoting the publication of my new book: I-9 Employment Verification eGuide: A Practical and Time-Saving Resource for HR Professionals. This free guide helps HR professionals navigate the many routes of the I-9 verification process. This series of posts covers the first chapter of the book, “Top 10 Questions from Employers About I-9s.” So far, I have posted on: 6 of the Top I-9 Mistakes That […]

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Form I-9 Verification Violations: How are the Penalties Determined?

This is the ninth post in a series promoting the publication of my new book: I-9 Employment Verification eGuide: A Practical and Time-Saving Resource for HR Professionals. This free guide helps HR professionals navigate all the details of the I-9 verification process. These blog posts have been covering the first chapter of the book, “Top 10 Questions from Employers About I-9s.” So far, I have posted on: 6 of the Top I-9 Mistakes That Employers […]

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What should you know about the easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions for certain foreign nationals?

The White House announced plans to ease travel restrictions on certain international travelers coming into the United States beginning in early November 2021. The plan will rescind the current geographic COVID-19 related travel bans implemented for individuals from Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the U.K., and will instead move forward with solutions to deter the spread of COVID-19 based on individuals, rather than restrictions placed on entire countries or […]

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If an Employer Is Found to Have I-9 Violations, What Fines Might They Face?

This is the eighth post in a series heralding the publication of my new book: I-9 Employment Verification eGuide: A Practical and Time-Saving Resource for HR Professionals. This free guide helps HR professionals gain a comprehensive understanding of the I-9 verification process. These blog posts are covering the first chapter of the book, “Top 10 Questions from Employers About I-9s.” So far, I have posted on: 6 of the Top I-9 Mistakes That Employers Make […]

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