Legal Update Webinar: COVID-19 Impact on Immigration

Wondering the impact of #COVID19 on immigrants and our immigration process? Join us for a free webinar, "Legal Update: COVID-19 Impact on Immigration," for the information you need to know about legal immigration consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and government response. Here is What You'll Learn Immigrant eligibility for unemployment, healthcare, and other benefits. …

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All U.S. Visa Appointments Cancelled due to COVID-19

The Department of  State announced that in response to COVID-19, it is suspending routine visa services at all U.S. embassies and consulates. Embassies and consulates will cancel all routine visa appointments as of March 20, 2020. This does not affect the Visa Waiver Program. See https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/faq?focusedTopic=Schengen%20Travel%20Proclamation for more information. Although all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments …

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USCIS Alert: Rescheduling Appointments Due to Coronavirus or Illness

FROM USCIS ALERT: Rescheduling Appointments Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) If you become ill for any reason, regardless of whether you were exposed to COVID-19, please do not come to appointments with any USCIS office. Please follow the instructions on your appointment notice to reschedule your appointment or interview if you: Were in China within 14 …

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The New Public Charge Rule: What Every Visa Applicant Must Know

If you or your employee are seeking to remain or come to the United States either temporarily or permanently, the new public charge rule will apply to you if you sent an application on or after February 24, 2020. That means you will need to provide additional information and documents to USCIS as part of …

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Congress Introduces a Bipartisan Bill To Address USCIS Case Backlog Crisis

The USCIS' crisis level application delays and backlogs are unacceptable.  In fact, the overall average case processing time has risen 101% in the past five years! Congress has taken notice. On February 26, 2020, Representatives Tony Cardenas and Steve Stivers introduced the Case Backlog and Transparency Act of 2020 in the House. Watch this American …

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New Public Charge Rule will take effect February 24, 2020

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds "public charge" final rule on Feb. 24, 2020, except for in the State of Illinois where the rule remains enjoined by a federal court as of Jan. 30, 2020. Under the Final Rule, USCIS will look at the factors required under …

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Trump Adds Six Countries to Travel Ban, Suspending Green Card Approvals for Nationals of Nigeria, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar Indefinitely

The Trump administration has expanded its "travel ban" to six countries, which would suspend the issuance of immigrant visas (green cards) to nationals of Nigeria, Eritrea,  Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar. The ban starts on February 22, 2020 and does not affect green card applicants currently in the US. Sudanese and Tanzanian nationals will no longer be …

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February 2020 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for February 2020. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date has jumped forward to December  1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in China with a cutoff date of May 22, 2017 and those born in India remain with a cutoff date of January 1, 2015.  …

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January 2020 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for January 2020. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date has jumped forward to October 1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in China with a cutoff date of May 22, 2017 and those born in India remain with a cutoff date of January 1, 2015.  Other …

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November 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for November 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date has jumped forward to June 1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in China with a cutoff date of February 1, 2017 and those born in India remain with a cutoff date of January 2, 2015.  Other …

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