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Trump Nominee for USCIS Director Testifies before Senate Committee

Trump Nominee for USCIS Director Testifies before Senate Committee

President Trump’s pick for the next director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Lee Francis Cissna, recently testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. This was the first congressional body to publicly vet Cissna after his nomination. The content of this hearing, coupled with his work advising the Trump campaign, and cozy relationship with a […]

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Some Veterans Observe Memorial Day Under Threat of Deportation

Written by on May 29, 2017 in Benefits & Relief, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Some Veterans Observe Memorial Day Under Threat of Deportation

This Memorial Day, Americans honor U.S. service members who have died while serving their country. Enlisting in the military, and risking one’s life, is considered a powerful demonstration of gratitude and loyalty to one’s nation. And for many, the decision to serve the United States is also a decision to serve their adopted country. Immigrants […]

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Former Leader of Anti-Immigrant Group Now Leads USCIS Oversight Office

Written by on May 3, 2017 in Uncategorized with 2 Comments
Former Leader of Anti-Immigrant Group Now Leads USCIS Oversight Office

The Trump administration continues to stack its deck with key players in the anti-immigrant movement, most recently naming Julie Kirchner as the new Ombudsman for the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department. Kirchner, the former executive director of one of the nation’s most prominent anti-immigrant groups, will be tasked with improving the quality of immigration […]

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H-1B Annual Cap Reached in First Week for Fifth Consecutive Year

Written by on April 7, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, High Skilled with 0 Comments
H-1B Annual Cap Reached in First Week for Fifth Consecutive Year

U.S. employers are vying for the chance to hire skilled foreign workers, but once again, the annual H-1B cap has been reached within five business days. USCIS began accepting H-1B petitions on April 3, 2017 and, on April 7, USCIS announced that it had received more petitions than the entire H-1B cap for Fiscal Year […]

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Halt to Premium Processing of H-1B Visa Petitions Hurts Workers, Business and USCIS

Written by on March 7, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, High Skilled with 0 Comments
Halt to Premium Processing of H-1B Visa Petitions Hurts Workers, Business and USCIS

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced it will halt premium processing of H-1B visa petitions on April 3, for up to six months. Through the H-1B visa category, employers can petition for highly educated professionals to work in “specialty occupations” that require at least a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. This decision […]

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These Changes May Keep Asylum Seekers From Getting Their Day in Court

Written by on February 28, 2017 in Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
These Changes May Keep Asylum Seekers From Getting Their Day in Court

Effective February 27, 2017, new changes to the asylum screening process could lead to an increased number of deportations of asylum-seekers who fear persecution upon return to their home country. On February 13, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revised its Asylum Division Officer Training Course (ADOTC) lesson plans on how to assess an […]

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Change to National Interest Waiver Standard Gives More Entrepreneurs a Path to Permanent Residence

Change to National Interest Waiver Standard Gives More Entrepreneurs a Path to Permanent Residence

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), recently issued Matter of Dhanasar, which changes the standard that USCIS officers must follow when deciding whether to approve a “national interest waiver” for an immigrant visa petition. This waiver is granted when the foreign national’s work is determined to be in the “national […]

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USCIS Changes How Processing Times Are Posted

Written by on January 6, 2017 in How the Immigration System Works with 4 Comments
USCIS Changes How Processing Times Are Posted

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that beginning on January 4, 2017, it has changed how it posts processing times. Rather that listing weeks or months, it now provides specific dates. This is a small initial step toward providing better customer service and giving individuals and employers the information they need about their […]

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Administration’s Proposal Unlikely to Encourage Foreign Entrepreneurs to Choose the United States

Written by on November 3, 2016 in Entrepreneurship/Innovation with 1 Comment
Administration’s Proposal Unlikely to Encourage Foreign Entrepreneurs to Choose the United States

The U.S. has long been the beneficiary of the new ideas and energy generated by immigrants, yet today’s U.S. immigration system does a poor job of accommodating foreign entrepreneurs who want to turn their ideas into a viable business. Recognizing the competitive disadvantage to the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson directed […]

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USCIS Fees to Increase in December

Written by on October 26, 2016 in Integration with 0 Comments
USCIS Fees to Increase in December

Fees for immigration transactions will increase by an average of 21 percent beginning on December 23, 2016. Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new fees. While the fees for some petitions will remain the same, others will see significant increases. According to USCIS, the […]

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