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  • Immigration 2018: A Look at the Year Ahead for Healthcare Employers and Professionals Webinar Are you aware of the Trump administration’s plans to change legal immigration policies that will impact many foreign born professionals and their employers? Join us for a webinar, “Immigration 2018: A Look at the Year Ahead for Healthcare Employers and Professionals,” for […]

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  • Forced by a federal court order, the Trump administration  finally announced that it will  accept applications pursuant to the  international entrepreneur parole rule (IER). The Obama-era rule  was set to go into effect in July 2017, but was delayed by the current administration.  This announcement should be good news for immigrant innovators who planned to apply for […]

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  • In another measure to roll back Obama-era initiatives, the Trump administration is likely to end the H-4 EAD rules which gave work authorization to thousands of legal immigrants since 2015.   CNN reports that the Department of Homeland Security stated that it intends to eliminate the rule, without explanation, other than: “[I]t was acting “in light […]

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  • The Department of State has posted the Visa Bulletin for December 2017.  EB-1 is still current for all nationals.  EB-2 and EB-3 continue to be  current for all except those born in India, China, and Philippines. Family based visas are moving forward slightly. USCIS has advised that it will accept adjustment of status applications for family-based petitions based on […]

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  • The Department of State has posted the Visa Bulletin for November 2017.  EB-1 is still current for all nationals.  EB-2 and EB-3 continue to be  current for all except those born in India, China, and Philippines. Family based visas are moving forward slightly. USCIS has advised that it will accept adjustment of status applications for […]

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Badmus Law Firm, PLLC
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  • New non-immigrant visa applications are suspended at all U.S. embassies in Turkey until further notice. This suspension of services is not a visa ban on Turkish citizens.  Anyone who has a valid visa already  can still travel to the United States.  New visa applicants can apply for a visa at another U.S. embassy or consulate outside […]

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  • New In-Person Interview Requirement for Employment-Based Green Card Applicants As of October 1, 2017, many more green card applicants must appear at USCIS offices for in-person interviews.  This change could affect hundreds of thousands of people applying for lawful permanent residence.  The USCIS will be phasing in interviews for all employment-based green card applicants as […]

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  • EAD and social security number application on the same form USCIS announcement on October 2, 2017: WASHINGTON – Based on a new information-sharing partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), foreign nationals in certain categories or classifications can now apply for work authorization and a social security number using […]

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  • USCIS announcement on 10/3/2017: WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa extension of stay petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions. H-1B visas provide skilled workers for a wide range of specialty occupations, including information technology, engineering, and mathematics. When a petiti...

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  • On September 24, 2017, the Trump administration imposed new travel restrictions on foreign nationals seeking to enter the United States from eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Starting October 18, 2017, the travel ban  applies to individuals of the designated countries who: (1) are outside the U.S. on the applicable […]

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  • USCIS recently announced the availability of 15 day guaranteed premium processing for pending H-1B cap cases: “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year year (FY) 2018 cap. The FY 2018 cap has been set at 65,000 visas. Premium processing has also resumed […]

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  • The USCIS has extended temporary protected status (TPS) for 18 months for nationals of South Sudan.  In the recent announcement, the USCIS confirmed: Current beneficiaries of South Sudan’s TPS designation seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register. The deadline will be published in the Federal Register and on www.uscis.gov/tps  later this week. Those who re-register […]

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  • The USCIS  has terminated temporary protected status for Sudan effective next year, November 2018.  The recent announcement states: “Current beneficiaries of Sudan’s TPS designation seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register. The deadline will be published in the Federal Register and on www.uscis.gov/tps later this week. Those who re-register and request a new employment authorization doc...

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  • From the USCIS WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, observed on Sept. 17, with over 200 naturalization ceremonies across the country as part of this year’s Constitution Week from Sept. 15 to 22. More than 30,000 lawful permanent residents will become America’s newest U.S. citizens during this […]

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  • Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Hurricane Irma From the USCIS public service announcement: USCIS offers immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including disasters such as Hurricane Irma. The following measures may be available on a case-by-case basis upon request: Changing a nonimmigrant status or extending a nonimmigrant stay for […]

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  • In observance of Welcoming Week, a nationwide campaign to bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone, the Immigrant Entrepreneur Network presents two free workshops: “Your Money Matters”  – This Immigrant Journey to Success workshop promotes financial success for all immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents.  Regis...

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  • Ann Badmus is a panelist speaker at the  Texas Two-Stepping to a Better World: A Celebration of Citizen Diplomacy – Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit in Austin, Texas hosted by GlobalAustin, San Antonio Council for International Visitors, and Global North Texas.  Global Ties U.S. and  member organizations, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, host […]

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  • Employers who depend on DACA workers need to know these facts about the end of the DACA program The end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after five years will have a detrimental impact on the U.S. economy. Nearly 91% of the 800,000 DACA recipients are employed. Some studies report that eliminating DACA would cost $433.4 billion in […]

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  • The Department of State has posted the Visa Bulletin for October 2017.  Fortunately, EB-1 is now current for all nationals.  EB-2 is now current for all except Indian and Chinese nationals. And EB-3 continues to be current for all  except those born in India, China, and Philippines. Family based visas are moving forward slightly. The […]

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Badmus Law Firm, PLLC
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  • Press release from USCIS: WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applicants whose benefit, if granted, would allow them to permanently reside in the United States. This change complies with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” and […]

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  • The New Mexico J-1 Visa Waiver Program application cycle is set to open this Friday, September 1, 2017. Please be sure ALL application requirements are included before submitting application packets. New Mexico is a first come, first serve program and does not reserve slots.  

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  • Premium Processing Now Available for Certain H-1B Cap-Exempt Petitions U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Additionally, there is an annual “master’s cap” of 20,000 petitions filed for beneficiaries with a U.S. […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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