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  • Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Visas

    On March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that beginning on April 3, 2017, it will suspend premium processing on all H-1B Petitions for up to six months. What is Premium Processing Service? USCIS currently offers a Premium Processing Service that allows payment of a fee to get a guaranteed faster processing […]

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  • USCIS to Welcome More Than 25,000 New U.S. Citizens During Presidents’ Day Naturalization Ceremonies

    This year, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate Presidents’ Day by welcoming more than 25,000 new U.S. citizens during 162 naturalization ceremonies across the country from Feb. 14 through Feb. 22. USCIS Acting Director Lori Scialabba said, “It fills me with pride to know that 25,000 immigrants will take the Oath of […]

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  • USCIS Changes How Processing Times Are Posted

    USCIS has recently announced that it has changed how it posts processing times. Rather than listing weeks or months, it now provides specific dates. This is a small initial step towards providing better customer service and giving individuals and employers the information they need regarding their immigration case. However, it should be noted that the […]

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  • New Relaxed Rules for National Interest Waivers

    One of the most productive and time-efficient pathways to permanent residency is through a National Interest Waiver, under which a foreign national can attain permanent residence by proving that his or her employment will serve to the nation’s benefit. There are two great advantages to this strategy: 1. a foreign national can self-petition for permanent […]

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  • USCIS Publishes Final Rule Improving Certain Employment-based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

    USCIS has published a final rule modernizing and improving several aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. USCIS has also amended regulations to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions and are waiting to become lawful permanent residents. This rule […]

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  • New Form I-9 Effective January 22, 2017

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Effective Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016 N. Until then, employers may continue to use the version dated 03/08/2013 N or the new version. The new Form I-9 was created in an […]

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  • New USCIS Filing Fees Effective December 23, 2016

    USCIS has just announced a final rule that will increase the filing fees for most U.S. immigration applications and petitions. The new fee schedule will take effect on December 23, 2016. USCIS is almost entirely funded by the fees that applicants and petitioners pay for immigration benefits. By law, USCIS is required to conduct fee […]

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  • USCIS Awards Nearly $10 Million in Grants to Expand Citizenship Preparation Services in 21 States

    On Sept. 1, 2016, USCIS announced the award of nearly $10 million in grants under two competitive funding opportunities to 46 organizations to help permanent residents prepare and apply for U.S. citizenship. The organizations are located in 21 states and will receive funding through September 2018. Since it began in 2009, the USCIS Citizenship and […]

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  • USCIS Launches a Refresh of InfoPass

    USCIS has launched a refresh of InfoPass, an online system that lets applicants schedule an appointment at a USCIS office. New features of the site include a mapping function that makes it easier to find a local USCIS office in the United States and an improved visual style that matches the rest of the USCIS […]

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  • E-Verify Users: Be Sure to Access Your Account Before August 1 to Avoid Deactivation

    On August 1, 2016, E-Verify will begin deactivating user IDs that have not been accessed for 270 days (approximately every nine months). How can I avoid deactivation of my user ID? Users can avoid deactivation by logging in with their user ID at least once every 270 days. What should Corporate Administrators and Program Administrators […]

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