USCIS to Welcome 21,000 New Citizens in Celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day this year by welcoming 21,000 new citizens in 335 naturalization ceremonies across the country between Sept. 17 and 23. “It is an honor to welcome so many new Americans this Citizenship Day and Constitution Day,” said USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou. “Citizenship Day …

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How to Request Expedite Processing of your Immigration Application

Most of the time, the government takes many months if not years to decide the millions of immigration applications filed each year.  Sometimes, an applicant may urgently need a faster decision because of special circumstances.  In that case, a request to expedite an application might be appropriate.  However, most expedited processing requests are rejected because …

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Justice Department Settles with Delivery Services Company to Resolve Retaliation Claim

The Department of Justice today announced that it has reached a settlement agreement with Around the Clock Dispatch Inc., a freight and delivery services company in Queens Village, New York. The settlement resolves the department’s claim that Around the Clock violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by retaliating against a …

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[Webinar Replay] Physician Q&A Webinar – May 20,2020

https://youtu.be/zPQ6IxqFRmU Enjoy this replay of our May 2020 monthly free webinar exclusively for physicians and medical employers.Topics include green card bills, H-1B furloughs, J-1 waivers, and more. Physicians, if you have an immigration question on your mind, join us for our next free webinar and get the facts about immigration rules that could affect you, …

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COVID-19 Impact on Immigration: Non-Citizen Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits under the CARES Act

Under the basic requirements established in the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA), non-citizens usually qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits (UI) if they are authorized to work.   The federal funded unemployment insurance benefits under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act establish federal funding for three major UI programs (pandemic unemployment assistances, additional …

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COVID-19 Impact on Immigration: Non-Citizen Eligibility for Recovery Rebates under the CARES Act

The recovery rebates under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act are administered under tax law and has very specific requirements as to eligibility. Generally, noncitizens must (1) meet certain income limits, (2) have social security number, and (3) satisfy resident alien requirement under the “green card” test or “substantial presence” test. The …

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[Webinar Replay] COVID-19 Impact on Immigration

  https://youtu.be/QDxT7K7S7Cc Here are the replay and slides for our latest webinar, "Legal Update: COVID-19 Impact on Immigration," with the information you need to know about legal immigration consequences for non-citizens and employers of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and government response. Watch the replay to learn more about immigrant eligibility for unemployment, healthcare, and other …

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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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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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