Suspension of Premium Processing for Most H-1B Petitions Begins September 11.

Premium processing offers guaranteed 15 day processing for many types of immigration petitions and applications, including H-1B petitions.  Earlier this year, the USCIS suspended premium processing for H-1B petitions for employment subject to annual numerical limits, commonly known as the "H-1B cap-subject" petitions. On August 28, 2018, the USCIS announced that the premium processing option …

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3 Legal Traps to Avoid When Recruiting Physicians

Recruiters need to be aware of many legal rules when recruiting physicians and other medical professionals.  Lack of intent or knowledge is not a defense so protect yourself from these three legal traps. Discriminatory job postings.  The language in your job postings should avoid a preference for or against a physician’s race, color, religion, sex, …

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Compelling Circumstances Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Option Explained

An employment authorization document (EAD) is a coveted benefit allowing many immigants to work legally in the United States.  For example,  applicants for asylum, temporary protected status,  F-1 or M-1 student  optional practical training, adjustment of status, DACA, and many others can get an EAD that allows work for stated periods of time. On January …

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If you’re an IMG physician,  here’s what you need to know about finding and negotiating your work visa sponsorship

When searching for job opportunities, physicians have tons of considerations—location, compensation, paid time off, work schedule, quality of life and more. But most IMG physicians have an additional consideration looming over their heads: immigration. If you’re a physician with a work visa, you are well aware that your prospective employer must support or “sponsor” your …

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H-1B Visa Doctors Can Work Locum Tenens and Other Independent Contractor Positions.

Dr. Shah holds full-time H-1B status with his employer but would like to work part-time at the hospital emergency room as an independent contractor. Dr. Davita would like to work with a local locum tenens company full-time after he finishes his last year of his current J-1 waiver position. Neither of these positions appear to …

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How to Contact USCIS when Your Application is Past the Case Inquiry Date

The U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)  provides estimated time ranges for processing applications and petitions on its website at https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times.  For most applications, you can contact the USCIS if your case has been pending longer than the "case inquiry date"  posted on our website. The USCIS Contact Center (formerly the National Customer Service Center) is one …

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Fact Sheet: How the Government Estimates Application Processing Times

Immigration applicants often want to know how much time it will take to get a decision on their applications.  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) does publish processing time estimates,  found at https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times. Applicants should keep in mind that the expected processing times are only estimates, which may not be accurate. The USCIS has recently …

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2018 Immigrant Journey Award Winners Announced at Gala in Celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month

In a time when immigration is the hottest topic discussed, the annual Immigrant Journey Awards (IJA) came just in time. This month, also Immigrant Heritage Month, approximately 200 individuals united to highlight influential immigrants at the 2018 Immigrant Journey Awards Gala, hosted by nationally recognized Dallas law firm Scheef & Stone. “This will be our …

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USCIS announces TPS re-registration for qualified Nepal citizens living in the U.S.

USCIS announcement - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Nepal’s designation who want to maintain their status through the effective termination date of June 24, 2019, must re-register between May 22, 2018, and July 23, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization …

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USCIS announces new, more secure delivery of approved green cards, requiring applicant ID and signature.

From USCIS press release - WASHINGTON - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that the agency will begin phasing in use of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service to mail Green Cards and other secure documents beginning April 30, 2018. The first phase will affect documents that need to be …

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