Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead for Employers and Professionals Webinar on January 30

Are you aware of the Trump administration's latest plans to further change legal immigration policies that will impact many foreign born professionals and their employers?  Join me for a webinar, "Immigration 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead," for the information you need to know to prepare for these important changes as well as current trends and …

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USCIS is largely unaffected by the government shutdown. Only a few immigration programs are suspended.

Funded by application fees, rather than tax dollars, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) remains open during the current government shutdown. Unless otherwise notified, all applicants should attend their interviews and appointments as scheduled. In addition, USCIS will continue to accept new applications except for the EB-5 regional center program, E-Verify, and non-minister religious …

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USCIS Offices Will Close Tomorrow December 5 for Day of Mourning

USCIS Press Release: President Trump has declared Wednesday, Dec. 5, a national day of mourning to remember the life and legacy of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States. Accordingly, all U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices will be closed Wednesday. USCIS will reschedule all naturalization ceremonies, interviews, and appointments set …

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Top 10 Pointers on What to Expect and Do When the Government Shows Up at Your Workplace for an H-1B Site Visit

Since 2009, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has been dropping in  at worksites where H-1B employees are employed. These surprise workplace visits are part of the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program (ASVVP) and conducted by the Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) directorate of the USCIS. Most of these site visits are …

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Immigration Policy Alert: USCIS Announces New Medical Exam Validity Period for Green Card Applicants Starting November 1, 2018

Generally, all applicants for adjustment of status to permanent residence (I-485 green card) must submit a Form I-693 medical examination report, which is completed by  USCIS approved physicians (“civil surgeon”)  in the United States. On October 16, 2018, the USCIS announced a new policy about the validity period for a medical examination report (Form I-693).   …

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Cap-Gap and Unlawful Presence Warning for F-1 OPT Students with Pending H-1B Petitions

September 30 marked the end of work authorization for F-1 students who were working based upon their pending  "cap-gap" H-1B petitions.  Until the H-1B petition is decided, these students can remain in the U.S. but must stop working as of October 1.  If the student continues working, he or she will no longer have legal …

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USCIS Begins Implementing New Policy to Refer Certain Denied Applicants to Deportation Court

Starting today, October 1, 2018, the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) may issue Notices to Appear (NTA) on denied applications which terminate the applicant's status, including but not limited to, Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (green card), and Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. A NTA starts the …

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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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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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