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H1B premium processing suspended.
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H-1B premium processing suspension extended and expanded

Several months ago, USCIS announced that it was suspending premium processing for 2019 H-1B cap petitions.  It also announced at the time that the suspension would last until September 10,...

Skilled immigrants
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How and why the US dominates the skilled immigrant market

In this Washington Post article columnist, Andrew Van Dam, provides some eye opening statistics on US immigration and how the United States has "Cornered the market for skilled immigrants".  Among the...

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USCIS policy memorandums add to immigration uncertainty

A couple of new USCIS policies will add more uncertainty and backlogs in the US immigration system.  The policies are based on two recent Policy Memorandums issued by USCIS.  One...

rfe statistics
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H-1B denial and request for evidence statistics

This recent article in Forbes magazine provides some very sobering statistics regarding the H-1B visa and increased requests for evidence (RFE) and denials.  Some noteworthy quotes from the article are...

new expiration rules for student visas
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New expiration of status rules for those in F, J and M status

On May 11, 2018 USCIS announced a new policy regarding the expiration of status for those in F (students), J (exchange visitors) and M (vocational students) status and their dependents. ...

Skilled immigrants
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News bites May 2018

Below are a few quick news items regarding immigration that may be relevant to you. Signature now required for delivery of secure USCIS documents USCIS will begin using the US...

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How to find a good immigration lawyer

How do you find a good immigration lawyer?  I get asked that question about attorneys in other areas of law.  My answer for how to find a good immigration lawyer...

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RFE Issues with H-1B filings

Over the past several months USCIS has begun issuing significantly more RFEs or Requests For Evidence than in the past.  Below are some relatively new policy issues that USCIS has...

H1B premium processing suspended.
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USCIS changed its policy on H-1B renewals

USCIS changed its policy on H-1B renewals.  On October 23, 2017 USCIS issued a policy memorandum entitled “Recission of Guidance Regarding deference to Prior Determinations of Eligibility in the Adjudication...

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Advance parole approval required before leaving the US

USCIS recently confirmed with the American Immigration Lawyers Association that traveling while your advance parole document is still pending will cause it to be denied.  The application now needs to...

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