Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act – Senate bill could grant green cards faster for foreign health workers in US

On May 5, 2020, a bipartisan group of senators introduced the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act (Senate Bill 3599) to temporarily relieve the country’s shortage of doctors and nurses, strengthen the healthcare workforce, and improve healthcare access during the COVID-19 crisis. If passed, the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act would temporarily give international physicians and nurses access to the …

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Trump’s Proclamation to Temporarily Suspend Immigration into the United States – What You Should Know NOW

The much anticipated  Proclamation on immigration was just signed - Here's what we know NOW. The order suspends the issuance of immigrant visas (green cards) for 60 days effective at 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on April 23, 2020 ONLY for those immigrant applicants who: (i)    are outside the United States; (ii)   do not have an immigrant visa that …

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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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Visa backlog grows in August, causing longer delays for many green card applicants

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for August 2019. Almost all employment based (EB) green card categories are now experiencing backlogs which are expected to continue through September. In October, a new round of immigrant visas become available so the backlogs might become shorter or eliminated at that time.But right now, the …

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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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How to Contact USCIS when Your Application is Past the Case Inquiry Date

The U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)  provides estimated time ranges for processing applications and petitions on its website at https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times.  For most applications, you can contact the USCIS if your case has been pending longer than the "case inquiry date"  posted on our website. The USCIS Contact Center (formerly the National Customer Service Center) is one …

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Fact Sheet: How the Government Estimates Application Processing Times

Immigration applicants often want to know how much time it will take to get a decision on their applications.  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) does publish processing time estimates,  found at https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times. Applicants should keep in mind that the expected processing times are only estimates, which may not be accurate. The USCIS has recently …

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USCIS announces new, more secure delivery of approved green cards, requiring applicant ID and signature.

From USCIS press release - WASHINGTON - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that the agency will begin phasing in use of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service to mail Green Cards and other secure documents beginning April 30, 2018. The first phase will affect documents that need to be …

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It’s Family Reunification, not Chain Migration

In a recent statement, the government belittled our family reunification immigration laws, adopting the pejorative term  "chain migration."  It further claimed family immigration “has depressed wages and job opportunities for comparably skilled American workers.” Aside from offering no valid proof of this claim, the current government disregards the objective of keeping families together, which America has …

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