Immigrants

Recent Posts in Immigrants Category

  • Employment-based green card applicants to be subject to in-person interview

    Effective October 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will require employment-based visa holders who are applying for lawful permanent residence to attend an in-person interview. Currently, such interviews are generally waived. However, under the new policy, such waivers won't be granted. USCIS has not released any information concerning logistics and staffing, but ...
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  • The International Entrepreneurial Rule Faces Delay And Possibly Rescission

    The International Entrepreneurial Rule, announced in January 2017, was supposed to go into effect July 17, 2017, but the Department of Homeland Security issued a memo on July 10, 2017 delaying its implementation until March 14, 2018. According to the memo, this delay will provide DHS with an opportunity to obtain comments from the public regarding a proposal to rescind the rule pursuant to ...
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  • VAWA in the New Administration

    The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was first passed in 1994 and offers immigrants fleeing abuse and violence a path to obtain legal immigrant status in the United States. It has been reauthorized multiple times throughout the past administrations, but the Trump administration has indicated that it is considering significant cuts to the Act’s grant funding. These cuts can be especially ...
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  • Presidential Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

    On March 6, 2017 President Trump signed a new a new Executive Order (EO), called Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States , that places limits on travel to the U.S. from certain countries, and by all refugees who do not possess either a visa or valid travel documents. The new EO will revoke and replace the original travel ban/executive order issued January 27, ...
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  • USCIS Fee and Form Changes

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently increased their fees for many petitions and applications filed with them. Their reasoning for the increase was the fees are their only source of funding, and they needed to pay for higher costs. The EB-5 petitions and applications were affected the most, with one petition going up 145% and an application increasing 186%. Here is a list ...
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  • 6 Tips for the Marriage Green Card Interview

    6 Tips for the Marriage Green Card Interview When applying for a marriage-based green card, a U.S. Citizen ("USC") and the immigrant spouse (hereinafter referred to as "Beneficiary") must attend an interview with an Immigration Officer. Green Card interviews are held to ensure that the marriage is bona fide, in good faith, and the marriage was not entered into for the sole purpose of obtaining ...
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  • Legislative framework for comprehensive immigration reform

    Proponents of immigration reform acknowledge that we need to meet clear and concrete benchmarks before we can finally ensure that America’s borders are secure and effectively deal with the millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States. These benchmarks must be met before action can be taken to adjust the status of people already in the United States illegally and should include the ...
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  • Summary of Merit-Based Points System Under the Senate's Reform Bill

    The Senate's proposed Immigration Reform Bill (S. 744) is currently under review before the Senate Judiciary Committee. One of the key provisions of the Bill creates a merit-based immigrant visa, similar to the merit-based point system in Australia and Canada, but with some nuances that focus on family ties to the U.S. Applicants for this new visa will have to pay a fee of $500, and aliens ...
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  • Update on Receipt Notices for H-1B Cap Cases for FY2014

    AILA members announced that as of May 10, 2013, USCIS has completed data entry and sent receipt notices for all H-1B cap cases selected for processing. USCIS has also already begun sending out rejection notices for those petitions not selected for processing. AILA reminds its members to allow until the end of May for delivery of the receipt and rejection notices.
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  • Skilled Immigrants Encouraged to Start Companies and Create Jobs

    USCIS has joined the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to outline a series of policies, operations, and outreach efforts to help fuel the United States’ economy and stimulate investment. The goal of these initiatives is to help realize the full potential of US immigration laws in order to attract the most innovative and creative minds from around the world. Moreover, these polices ...
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