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  • How Does U.S. Citizenship Through Parents Work?

    There are two ways to obtain U.S. citizenship through one’s parents. The first is at birth, while the second is after birth but before reaching the age of 18. A person’s parents can include: genetic fathers, genetic mothers, and non-genetic gestational mothers. In general, a child born outside the U.S. can become a citizen at birth if: Both of their parents were married to each other at the time ...
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  • 3 Facts About Immigration You Need to Know

    Immigration has always been a sensitive subject, but in recent years it has flown to the forefront of political and social conversations across the country. Between news outlets, social media, online articles, and daily conversation, you’ve likely heard true and false statements about immigration on a regular basis. So, what do you really need to know about immigration? With information on ...
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  • Preparing for a Visit from ICE: What You Need to Know

    With immigration raids and round-ups increasing throughout the country, it is important for undocumented individuals and their families to be aware of what their rights are in the event that they are ever visited by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In this blog, we explain what you can expect and what you should during an ICE visit. When ICE officers are at your door, ask them if they ...
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  • Surviving Immigration During a Period of Uncertainty

    Now more than ever, immigration is a hot topic across various countries in the world, especially in the United States. As an immigrant, you are like concerned about your status in this country, even if you are here legally. It seems as though every day, there is a new immigration order, potentially threatening your rights to stay here lawfully. This is why our legal team wants to ensure you are ...
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  • Criminal Convictions that Result in Deportation

    As an immigrant, there are certain crimes that will make you subject to removal proceedings, even if you are a green card holder . Even if there is only evidence that you committed a crime, you may find yourself in removal proceedings. Immigrants are at the greatest risk of deportation if they are convicted of a “crime of moral turpitude” or an aggravated felony. Crimes of Moral Turpitude The ...
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  • Red Flags of Marriage Fraud

    When a U.S. citizen marries and sponsors a non-citizen spouse for an immigrant visa or green card , you can expect that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will examine their application very closely. Marriage fraud is a common way that immigrants and their citizen sponsors try to obtain legal residency and entry to the U.S., so immigration authorities are on the lookout for red ...
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  • Uncertainty Surrounds the H-1B Visa Program

    The H-1B Visa has helped thousands of foreign workers secure gainful employment here in the United States. The program offers work visas for jobs that require theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge. Those who have obtained an H-1B Visa often see this milestone as the start of a long and hopefully permanent stay in the U.S. However, since the election of ...
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  • What Is an Investor Visa & Who Qualifies?

    The U.S. offers a way for wealthy investors to enter the country to stimulate the economy. Known as an investor visa, the EB-5 visa can allow investors to enter the country and immediately obtain permanent residence. There are a limited number of these visas issued each year, and the number of visas issued to investors of any one country is also limited. If the limit of either quota is reached, ...
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  • The First 100 Days: Trump's Immigration Policies

    Immigration reforms was a common theme in many campaign speeches, and the Trump administration has made their intentions to crack down on immigration very clear. In the first 100 days of his presidency, Trump has begun to make progress in immigration policies. The new administration has struggled against setbacks and resistance, but there have been a number of executive actions and administrative ...
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  • No Eyeglasses in Visa Photographs (Effective November 1, 2016)

    The U.S. Department of State recently updated the photo requirements for visa applications. Previously, eyeglasses did not need to be removed when taking a visa or passport photograph as long as they were not causing a glare. However, starting from November 1, 2016, eyeglasses will no longer be allowed in visa photos. The other requirements remain the same: 2 x 2 inches in size, taken in the last ...
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  • USCIS Issues Additional Information to Employers Whose H-1B Petitions for Health Care Specialty Occupations Have Been Denied

    WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today issued guidance to certain employers who received a denial of Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting H-1B classification for a beneficiary to practice in a health care specialty occupation prior to May 20, 2009. If the Form I-129 was denied solely on the basis that the beneficiary did not possess a Master’s or ...
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  • Neufeld Memo on 1-751 Filed Prior to Termination of Marriage

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Domestic Operations Directorate Washington, DC 20529-2110 I See Immigration and Naturalization Service Memorandum, "Filing a Waiver of the Joint Filing Requirement Prior to Final Termination of the Marriage," dated April 10, 2003. 2 A CPR who is separated from the petitioning spouse, or has initiated divorce or ...
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  • USCIS Releases Immigration Q&As for Members of Armed Forces and Their Families

    Immigration Information for Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their Families Background U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers immigration services and resources specifically for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families who are stationed in the United States and abroad. USCIS established a military assistance team to ensure that the military community receives quick ...
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  • USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for FY 2010 Beginning April 1, 2009. Information for Completing and Submitting an FY 2010 H-1 B Cap Case

    Questions and Answers March 20, 2009 USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for FY 2010 Beginning April 1, 2009 Information for Completing and Submitting an FY 2010 H-1B Cap Case Introduction U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions on April 1, 2009 subject to the fiscal year 2010 (FY 2010) cap. The following are frequently asked ...
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  • Clarification Regarding H-2B Petitions Filed by Certain Associations on Behalf of Their Members

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would like to clarify to associations and their members certain regulatory requirements for filing petitions for H-2B classification on behalf of foreign workers. We are issuing this clarification so that the public can be better informed of filing requirements and avoid unnecessary denials of individual petitions that may be otherwise ...
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  • NSC Liaison Teleconference on 4/23/09

    On April 23, 2009 the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) in a teleconference with AILA discussed the “Other” (miscellaneous) product line, which includes Asylee/Refugee matters; I-730s; leftover I-130, I-751 and I-129s; I-817s; etc. According to the NSC reports, they are on schedule with their projected processing goals by September 30, 2009. All I-131s and I-765s are being processed as soon as they ...
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  • Aytes Memo on Processing Delays for EADs as Response to CIS Ombudsman

    Adhere to regulations that state USCIS shall issue EADs within 90 days, or issue interim EADs, to prevent unnecessary loss of employment. Expeditiously provide information to the public stating the cause of EAD processing delays and how the delays will be addressed. Ensure USCIS provide consistent guidance to the public regarding EAD applications pending more than 90 days via the National Customer ...
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  • July 3, 2009 H-1B Cap Count

    As of July 3, 2009, approximately 45,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions and approximately 20,000 petitions for the advanced degree cap exemption had been filed with USCIS. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits.
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  • US Senate Imposes Conditions on H-1B Hiring in Economics Stimulus Bill

    The United States Senate has adopted, by voice vote, a new amendment to the Economic Stimulus bill that may affect many H-1B employers and employees. This new amendment, Amendment 306, which was cosponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), has restrictions for H-1B employers who will be receiving money under the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). According to the ...
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  • Neufeld Memo Provides Guidance on H-2A and H-2B Cases

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of Domestic Operations Washington, D.C. 20529-2010 HQ 70/6.2.8 AD 09-14 June 24, 2009 Memorandum TO: Field Leadership FROM: Donald Neufeld /s/ Acting Associate Director, Domestic Operations SUBJECT: Publication of the final rules: H-2A Agricultural Temporary Worker and H-2B Nonagricultural Temporary Worker Revisions to Adjudicator’s Field Manual ...
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  • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for R-1 Nonimmigrant Religious Worker Petitions

    July 20, 2009 USCIS Announces Resumption of Premium Processing Service for R-1 Nonimmigrant Religious Worker Visa Classification WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, effective today, it will resume Premium Processing Service for nonimmigrant religious worker petitions filed by certain R-1 petitioners. Only those petitioners who have successfully passed an ...
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  • Changing Status from H-1B, L-1, TN, etc. after Lay Off

    If you are currently working on an H-1B visa, L-1, TN and/or other USCIS issued work permit and there is a strong possibility that you may be terminated or laid off, our law firm can assist you to stay in the US in a different status. If you would like us to assist you, please get in touch with our law firm before you receive your last pay slip so that we can change your status to Tourist (B-2), ...
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  • CSC Specifies Required Documentation to Confirm H-1B Beneficiary has Completed Requisite Degree Requirements

    The CSC Liaison Committee requested the CSC to confirm what documentation was considered adequate to demonstrate that an H-1B beneficiary has completed the requisite degree requirements. The CSC stated the following: We will accept the following so long as the degree requirements were completed prior to filing: A final transcript; OR A letter from the Registrar; OR A letter executed by the person ...
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  • USCIS Announces Resumption of Premium Processing Service

    USCIS Announces Resumption of Premium Processing Service for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker WASHINGTON�USCIS announced today that effective June 29, 2009, it will resume Premium Processing Service for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, in accordance with 8 CFR 103.2(f)(2). After an evaluation of its I-140 backlog reduction efforts and increased I-140 adjudicative ...
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  • USCIS Update on Advance Parole for Travel Abroad

    USCIS Update USCIS Reminds Applicants for Adjustment of Status, Asylum, Legalization, and TPS Beneficiaries to Obtain Advance Parole Before Traveling Abroad WASHINGTON � U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds individuals that they must obtain Advance Parole from USCIS before traveling abroad if they have: � been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS); � a pending application ...
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