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  • New I-9 form
    The USCIS just announced that it will release a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17.  According to the USCIS, “Employers will be able to use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through Sept. 17. On Sept. 18, employers must use the revised form […]
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  • New Green Card and EAD design
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing the new cards on May 1, 2017. These redesigns use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features […]
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  • Haitain TPS and EAD Renewal
    USCIS Announcement to Employers: The Secretary of Homeland Security has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti for 6 months, from July 23, 2017, through Jan. 22, 2018. If your employee is a current beneficiary of Haiti’s designation for TPS: To be able to use his or her Form I-766, Employment Authorization Document […]
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  • June Visa Bulletin
    When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family-Sponsored or Employment-Based Immigrant Visas: June 2017 Are you seeking to adjust your status and become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based preference immigrant visa? If you have not yet had a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf, please […]
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  • USCIS Workload Balance
    A recent email from USCIS: From January 5 through March 28, USCIS began sending some cases between service centers in order to balance workloads. We have updated our Workload Transfer Updates page with this information: Some Forms I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, for F, M, and J nonimmigrants went from the California Service Center (CSC), […]
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  • I-9 and social security number
    We received the following email from the USCIS about a form I-9 glitch: If you used Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, that you downloaded between Nov. 14 and Nov. 17, 2016, review them to ensure your employees’ Social Security numbers appear correctly in Section 1. There was a glitch when the revised Form I-9 was first published on […]
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  • TPS Termination for Certain Countires
    USCIS Reminds Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone of May 21 Termination USCIS is reminding the public that the designations of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone terminate effective May 21, 2017. To provide sufficient time for an orderly transition, the Department of Homeland Security gave […]
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  • H-1B Cap reached
    The government update on H-1B cap visas as of April 17, 2017: USCIS announced on April 7, 2017, that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the U.S. advanced degree exemption, […]
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  • H-1B Visa Fraud
    Release from the USCIS on April 3, 2017 WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced multiple measures to further deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. The H-1B visa program should help U.S. companies recruit highly-skilled foreign nationals when there is a shortage of qualified workers in the country. Yet, too […]
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  • Trump Travel Ban Conference Call
    Trump Travel Ban – Know Your Rights Call-in – Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 12:30 p.m. CT. Are you wondering how the new immigration travel ban and other immigration restrictions affect your travel plans, your immigration case, or your business operations?Get your questions answered about the March 6 Executive Order and the current immigration landscape. Know your […]
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  • 5 Questions to Ask Before Changing Jobs While Waiting for Your Green Card Approval (2017 Update)
    Green card applicants often ask if they are able to change employment while waiting for final approval. The answer is yes, if you follow green card portability rules. According to the rules, if your I-485 application has been pending for 180 days or more, you are eligible to change jobs or employers and continue your […]
  • H-1B Premium Processing
    The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will suspend the H-1B premium processing program starting April 3, 2017. The suspension currently applies to all H-1B petitions and could last for six months.  Premium processing is simply expedited service for a premium of $1225. It means the government guarantees action on the H-1B petition within 15 days of payment […]
  • I-9 handbook
    USCIS published the updated Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274). The handbook gives employers detailed guidance for completing Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. It reflects revisions to the latest Form I-9 dated 11/14/2016. See the table of changes for highlights of the changes.
  • H-1B Premium Processing
    USCIS announced today: “Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to 6 months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker which […]
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  • Trump Travel Ban Causes Uncertainty for Foreign Born Physicians and Rural Healthcare
    The travel ban is on hold because the states of Washington and Minnesota sued the Trump administration, claiming that, among other things, the ban harmed residents and companies in their states.  The IT and healthcare industries are the most likely to suffer from the ban, according to the lawsuit. A recent National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast […]
  • Citizenship
    Big Surge in Citizenship Applications Expected under Trump Administration For the past six years, I have been a featured speaker and volunteer  at the Plano Multicultural Outreach Roundtable (MCOR) Citizenship Workshop.  The workshop always draws a large number of future citizens but this year, we saw three times as many attendees.  Why?  Some believe the Trump […]
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  • Travel and Refugee Ban on Hold
    Travel and Refugee Ban Suspended For Now By court order, the travel ban and refugee ban are suspended for now. However, the Trump administration has appeal the court order.  Basically, the federal judge’s ruling in favor of the states of Michigan and Washington, temporarily stops the any actions under Executive Order until the court can […]
  • Travel and Visa Ban Alert
    DOS Alert: Executive Order does not restrict the travel of dual nationals from any country with a valid U.S. visa in a passport of an unrestricted country. The Department of State, which is the agency responsible for processing visa applications outside the U.S., posted this alert yesterday: “The U.S. government’s national security screening and vetting procedures for visitors are constantly revie...
  • Automatic Extension of EAD
    I-9 Form Alert:  USCIS issues New Guidance for Employers on Automatic Extensions of Employment Authorization Documents For those that qualify, an employment authorization document (EAD) gives immigrants  permission to work for a specific period of time, usually one or two years.  For continued work authorization, workers should apply for renewal 180 days before the EAD […]
  • Travel Bank
    The Rumors Are False. There is No Expansion of Travel Ban to Other Countries. “Fake news” has been circulating that the travel ban and visa revocations have been or will be expanded to other countries.  In response to these rumors, the Department of State (DOS) recently told the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that  there are […]
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  • Free Citizenship Workshop for North Texas Immigrants
    Free Citizenship Workshop for North Texas Immigrants Plano Multi-Cultural Outreach Roundtable will host a free citizenship workshop on Saturday, February 11,  2017, 2 p.m. in Plano, Texas . Scheef & Stone immigration attorneys are volunteers to help citizenship applicants with their applications. Attorney Ann Badmus is a featured speaker as well. For details, visit Plano MCOR.
  • Travel Ban
    The recent Executive Order (E.O.) banning visas and travel to the U.S. for citizens of seven countries has caused turmoil and distress for immigrants, their families, and their employers or businesses.   The E.O. also imposes other restrictions that could affect immigrants from other countries as well.  We are constantly monitoring the situation and expect changes […]
  • President Trump’s First Executive Orders on Immigration
    President Trump’s First Executive Orders on Immigration American Immigration Council explains the two Executive Orders related to immigration signed by the President today: “Our American values and laws dictate that everyone receive a just and fair process, whether they have been in in this country for decades or are arriving at our border today in […]
  • W-2 scams
    ALERT: PREPARE YOUR COMPANY FOR THE SEASON OF W-2 EMAIL SCAMS By Shawn Tuma, Cybersecurity Partner at Scheef & Stone, LLP Hunting season just began — the season in which cybercriminals are hunting for W-2 information from your company. They do this by sending emails spoofing high level executives, such as the company President or […]
  • February Visa Bulletin
    When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family-Sponsored or Employment-Based Immigrant Visas: February 2017 Are you seeking to adjust your status and become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based preference immigrant visa? If you have not yet had a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf, […]
  • International Entrepreneur Rule
    DHS Publishes Final International Entrepreneur Rule The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today published a final rule to improve the ability of certain promising start-up founders to begin growing their companies within the United States and help improve our nation’s economy through increased capital spending, innovation and job creation. Under this final rule, DHS may […]
  • Webinar: New Immigration Rules Every Employer Needs to Know for 2017 and Beyond
    Webinar: New Immigration Rules Every Employer Needs to Know for 2017 and Beyond Don’t get caught unaware – find out the immigration rule changes that could impact your visa employees and your business! Join us on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 12 p.m. CT  for this free training, and  you will learn: Under what conditions […]
  • H-1B cap exemption rules
    New & Improved USCIS Rules Will Let More Employers Bypass the H-1B Visa Cap.  Is Your Job Eligible? Starting January 17, 2017, more employers can apply for new H-1B employees regardless of the H-1B annual quota now that the USCIS has clarified and modified the H-1B cap exemption rules. Cap exemption has been around for many years […]
  • Government dismantles the NSEERS, a post 9/11 registry program that mostly targeted Muslim males
    Government dismantles the NSEERS, a post 9/11 registry program that mostly targeted Muslim males Statement from the American Immigration Council on the End of NSEERS December 22, 2016 Washington D.C. – Today, the Department of Homeland Security officially ended a Bush-era registry created after 9/11 to track noncitizen men from predominantly Muslim countries. The registry, […]
  • January 2017 Visa Bulletin
    When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family-Sponsored or Employment-Based Immigrant Visas: January 2017 Are you seeking to adjust your status and become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based preference immigrant visa? If you have not yet had a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf, please […]
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  • Citizenship Day
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, observed on Sept. 17, and Constitution Week, with nearly 240 naturalization ceremonies across the country. More than 38,000 candidates will become America’s newest citizens during the weeklong observance, being recognized this year from Sept. 16-23. The annual commemoration honors th...
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  • Scam Alert
    USCIS Alert: Beware of Imposter Call Scams The U.S.Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) warns: If someone claiming to be a government official or law enforcement officer calls making threats such as deportation, beware! Hang up and report it! Here’s How it Works A number appears on your caller ID that may look like a legitimate […]
  • International Entrepreneur Rule
    20 fast facts foreign founders of start-up companies should know about international entrepreneur parole What if foreign born innovators could get special permission to come to the U.S. and start a new business?   The Obama administration believes such a reality would attract investment and create jobs.  That’s why the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) […]

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