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  • Major Settlement Will Change How USCIS Adjudicates Work Permits for Nonimmigrant Spouses

    USCIS has announced major policy guidance changes as to how they will adjudicate work permits for certain H-4, E, and L nonimmigrant dependent spouses. The process of obtaining employment authorization documents from USCIS has long been a problem in the immigration system. Recent litigation in the case Shergill, et al. v. Mayorkas reversed the USCIS […]
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  • USCIS Settlement Is Good News For L-1 And H-1B Visa Spouses

    If you are the spouse of an L-1 or H-1B visa holder, good news has been rare in recent years. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) exacerbated the wait for employment-based green cards by causing long processing delays for work authorization, resulting in the spouses of many high-skilled foreign nationals stopping work and losing their […]
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  • Three Fun Facts About L-1 Work Permits

    The L-1 (“intracompany transferee”) classification is utilized by employers to transfer executives, managers, and specialized knowledge employees to the United States from an affiliated office abroad. Below are three fun facts about the L-1 category that you may have never heard.  An L-1 Work Permit Can Be Used to Open a New Office in the United […]
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  • Canadian Immigration Service Announces Increase in Workers Processing Spousal Applications

    In a year that has seen immigration delays soar and heavy restrictions at the Canadian/U.S. border, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) announced some good news last week for couples presently going through the sponsorship process.  IRCC announced that it has increased the number of officers working on spousal applications, with the hope to reduce couples’ […]
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  • Employment Based Visas

    Every fiscal year, approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas are made available to qualified applicants under the provisions of US immigration law. Employment based immigrant visas are divided into five preference categories. These five preference categories include priority workers and persons with extraordinary ability, professionals holding advanced degrees and persons of exceptional ability, skilled workers, professionals, […]
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