April 2018 Visa Bulletin Green Card Update

The Department of State has posted the Visa Bulletin for April 2018. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is current for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of January 1, 2012.   EB-2 and EB-3 final action dates are  current for all except those born in India, China, and …

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Credit Card Payment Now Accepted for Most Immigration Applications

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will now accept credit card payments for filing most of its forms, including the I-485 adjustment of status (green card) applications.  Previously, only citizenship (N-400) applicants could pay by credit card.  However,  the credit card option is not yet available for non-immigrant work visa applications …

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Trump Administration’s Termination of DACA, TPS, and H-4 EAD Immigration Programs Could Leave Employers in a Lurch

Several immigration programs that have authorized over a million immigrant workers are expected to end in 2018 and 2019. The cancellation of these programs will terminate employment eligibility for these workers, making most of them deportable. The loss of these legally authorized workers is likely to destabilize many employers’ workforce and disrupt the economy as a …

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USCIS says it will continue operations and most immigration programs during government shutdown

USCIS announcement on January 20, 2018 -  The current lapse in annual appropriated funding for the U.S. government does not affect USCIS’ fee-funded activities. Our offices will remain open, and all applicants should attend interviews and appointments as scheduled. However, several USCIS programs will either expire or suspend operations, or be otherwise affected, until they …

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What Could Happen to Immigration Cases if the Government Shuts Down?

Based on past government shutdowns, we should see business as usual for most immigration cases.  Of course, we won't know for certain until the immigration agencies officially announce their procedures.  Here's a short breakdown of what we can expect from some of the various immigration agencies, subject to further notice: US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) …

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Temporary Protected Status Re-Registration Period for El-Salvador Has Begun for Extended Work Authorization Through September 9, 2019

If you currently hold Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under El Salvador’s designation and want to maintain your status and work authorization until September 9, 2019, you must  re-register between Jan. 18, 2018 and March 19, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documents (EAD), can be found at uscis.gov/tps. "USCIS will issue new EADs …

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Temporary Protected Status Re-Registration Period for Haiti Has Begun for Extended Work Authorization Through July 22, 2019

If you currently hold Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Haiti’s designation and want to maintain your status and work authorization until July 22, 2019, you must  re-register between Jan. 18, 2018 and March 19, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documents (EAD), can be found at uscis.gov/tps. "USCIS will issue new EADs with …

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Special Report: Foreign-Trained Doctors are Critical to Serving Many U.S. Communities

Did you know that foreign-born doctors make up almost 25% of the doctors in the U.S. ?  A special report from The American Immigration Council looks at the "critical role foreign-trained doctors play regionally, in underserved communities, in rural areas, and in providing primary health care.”  Specifically, the report finds that foreign-trained physicians are vitally important …

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H-1B visa extension rules under AC21 will not change, according to recent USCIS statement

In late December,  it was reported that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  was considering new regulations that would prevent H-1B visa extensions currently allowed for H-1B workers with pending green card applications. The news report caused quite a stir, considering that such a  measure could cause hundreds of thousands of foreign workers to …

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Immigration 2018: A Look at the Year Ahead for Healthcare Employers and Professionals Webinar

Are you aware of the Trump administration's plans to change legal immigration policies that will impact many foreign born professionals and their employers? Join us for a webinar, "Immigration 2018: A Look at the Year Ahead for Healthcare Employers and Professionals," for the information you need to know to prepare for these important changes. Webinar …

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