USCIS offices closed to the public and all scheduled appointments are cancelled through May 4.

The USCIS extends its closure and cancelling of scheduled appointment until May 4. It plans to begin reopening its offices on May 4, unless the public closures are extended further. USCIS staff are continuing to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situations. To …

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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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USCIS Proposes New Electronic Registration Fee for H-1B Cap Subject Visa Petitions

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to pay a $10 fee for each electronic registration they submit to USCIS. Because USCIS must expend resources to implement and maintain the H-1B registration system, and because USCIS operations are funded by fees …

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DFW Immigrant Leaders to be Honored at 2019 Immigrant Journey Awards

 In its eight year, the Immigrant Journey Awards will honor DFW's most influential immigrant leaders. After receiving numerous nominations, presenting sponsor and Dallas law firm Scheef & Stone LLP is excited to announce the 2019 finalists. Acknowledging the challenges that new Americans face on their journey to becoming full contributors to the U.S., the Immigrant Journey Awards …

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Nominations Due for Outstanding Dallas Area Immigrants on April 25

Presented by Scheef & Stone, LLP, the Immigrant Journey Awards program is accepting nominations of outstanding immigrants until April 25. The awards recognize the achievements and contributions of immigrant individuals as well as  businesses and organizations promoting accessibility, inclusion and full community participation of new immigrants. Everyone is encouraged to nominate extraordinary business, professional, 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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January 2019 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for January 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now October 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of December 15, 2016. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those …

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