Blog Posts in January, 2015

  • The National Physical Therapy Examination Suspended for All Candidates Educated in India, Pakistan, Egypt and Philippines

    The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) has decided to suspend the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) testing for all candidates educated in India, Pakistan, Egypt and the Philippines. This suspension is in direct response to a high level of continual security breaches by a large number of graduates in physical therapy schools from the listed countries. These breaches ...
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  • Cross-Chargeability: How You Can Get Your Green Card Faster and Avoid the Per-Country Quota

    What is Cross Chargeability? An alien cannot complete the last step of the green card application process (i.e. adjustment of status) until an immigrant visa is immediately available to him at the time he applies for a green card abroad through consular processing or files an I-485 application within the U.S. Immigrant visas are usually chargeable to the country of a beneficiary’s place of birth. ...
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  • Original Documentation Needed for Chinese EB-5 Visa Applications and Interviews

    Previously, applications for Chinese employment-based fifth preference (EB-5) immigrant visas were all processed in paper format. In December 2014, the National Visa Center (NVC) began converting EB-5 paper applications to an electronic processing format in an effort to increase the efficiency and speed by which these applications are processed. However, NVC appointment notices for such Chinese ...
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  • Leaked USCIS Internal Draft Memo: "Admin. Alternatives to Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    “Internal draft memos do not and should not be equated with official action or policy of the Department. We will not comment on notional, pre-decisional memos. As a matter of good government, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will discuss just about every issue that comes within the purview of the immigration system. We continue to maintain that comprehensive bipartisan ...
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  • DOL Statistics on PERM Program from Second Quarter of FY2014

    The Department of Labor (DOL) released statistics on the PERM Labor Certification applications for the second quarter of FY2014. The statistics include the number of PERM applications received, top occupations, work site states, industries, visa classifications, country of citizenship, and minimum educational requirements, as well as number of certified, denied and withdrawn applications
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  • PERM Statistics for FY2015 First Quarter

    PERM Statistics for FY2015 First Quarter The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC), a division within the U.S. Department of Labor, issued statistics for PERM filings for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2015 (FY2015). The statistics cover the period from October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. The OFLC statistics report can be found at: ...
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