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  • New Update to Foreign Affairs Manual Aims to Support DACA Recipients and Dreamers

    The June 2024 update to the Foreign Affairs Manual aims to expedite the visa process for DACA recipients and U.S. graduates with job offers. This policy change highlights the U.S. government's commitment to retaining skilled talent educated in the country, benefiting Dreamers and the U.S. workforce alike.
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  • USCIS Announces Indefinite Validity for Form I-693: Key Updates & Exceptions

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that Form I-693, Report of Immigration Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, no longer has an expiration date if signed by a civil surgeon on or after November 1, 2023. This form can be used indefinitely to show that the applicant is not inadmissible on health-related grounds. CDC & […]
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  • Navigating Labor Certifications for I-140 Petitions: A Guide for Employers

    Before being able to file an I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, USCIS now requires that employers obtain a labor certification from the Department of Labor. Under Schedule A, the DOL has two designated groups of occupations: registered nurses and physical therapists (Group I); and beneficiaries with exceptional ability in the performing arts, or the […]
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  • USCIS Updates Policy Manual on Immigrant Visa Petitions

    Family immigration petitions can be complex due to a variety of factors such as legal requirements, documentation, and the various steps involved in the process. Understanding the intricacies of filing a petition for immigration will help to make sure the process is smooth and as fast as possible.  Understanding the New Updates USCIS has made […]
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  • Definition of the “Employer-Employee Relationship” in H-1B Petitions

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires an employer who seeks to sponsor a temporary worker in an H-1B specialty occupation is required to establish a valid “employer-employee relationship.” In 2020, the agency issued an updated policy guidance to adjudication officers, which clarified the requirements to establish an “employer-employee relationship” to qualify for the H-1B […]
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  • USCUS Policy Update: Untimely Filed Extension of Stay and Change of Status Requests

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced an update to its Policy Manual, introducing provisions that allow USCIS officers to excuse a nonimmigrant’s failure to timely file an extension of stay or change of status request if the delay was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the applicant or petitioner. The update […]
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  • Requesting Congressional Intervention

    When applying for a visa or a green card, sometimes it can take longer than the processing times recommended by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Many people do not know that they can contact their congressional representative to speed up their visa processing time. Members of Congress usually have one or more staffers liaising […]
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  • Automatic 180-Day Extensions for Certain EAD Renewal Applicants

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that certain applicants who have filed for a renewal of Employment Authorization qualify for an automatic 180-day extension. In other words, noncitizens who have already filed to renew their Employment Authorization Document (EAD) will automatically get 180 more days added to their expiring EAD. This policy change […]
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  • USCIS Policy Update: Clarifications for L-1 Intracompany Transferee Petitions

    The L-1 nonimmigrant visa classification allows qualifying U.S. employers to temporarily transfer employees from related foreign offices to locations within the United States. It plays a pivotal role in facilitating the smooth exchange of talent within international organizations. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently issued policy guidance on L-1 intracompany transferee petitions in […]
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  • USCIS Launches New Online Change of Address Tool

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently launched a new self-service, which simplifies the process of changing your address with USCIS. This new Enterprise Change of Address (E-COA) tool is designed to make life easier for individuals with pending applications, petitions, or requests, streamlining the address update process and enhancing efficiency. In this blog […]
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