US Citizenship Awareness Drive: USCIS Announces Free Citizenship Preparation Tools

From the USCIS WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a series of promotional materials today as part of the Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Initiative. This media campaign builds on a similar effort from 2011 and is being launched under…

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DOS Alert: Technological System Issues with Overseas Passport and Visa Systems

Department of State (DOS) confirms that embassies and consulates are back online and the bulk of the visa backlog has been cleared. DOS is still experiencing problems with some online immigrant visa application forms and hope to have a fix in…

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USCIS Welcoming 4,000 New Citizens July 1-4 to Celebrate Independence Day

From the USCIS: WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate the nation’s 239th birthday by welcoming more than 4,000 new U.S. citizens at over 50 naturalization ceremonies across the country July 1-4. “As we celebrate Independence Day, we welcome…

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New Report: Over 25% of New Businesses Started by Immigrants

According to  a new report from the American Immigration Council, immigrant Entrepreneurs start over 25% of new businesses: a new report shows that immigrants continue to be almost twice as likely as the native-born to become entrepreneurs. Immigrant entrepreneurs also launched…

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DOS Visa Technical Issue Update: 66% of Consulates are issuing visas

DOS alert that as of 6/23/15, 39 posts, representing more than two-thirds of our normal capacity, are now online and issuing visas. DOS issued more than 45,000 visas on 6/22/15, with 15,000 visas issued in Beijing alone. June 23, 2015…

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New 2015 Physician Practice Search Guide, 2nd Edition Released by NAPR

The Board of Directors of the National Association of Physician Recruiters has released the 2015 Physician Practice Search Guide, 2nd Edition, available for immediate distribution in paperback and as an e-book. This is the first time the Guide has targeted…

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Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Announced for Nationals of Nepal Currently in the U.S.

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the designation of Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months based on the conditions resulting from the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, and the subsequent aftershocks….

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SEC Charges Unregistered Brokers in EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged two firms that illegally brokered more than $79 million of investments by foreigners seeking U.S. residency.  The charges are the first against brokers handling investments in the government’s EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program and follow…

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TPS for Syrians: Initial Registration Deadline Is July 6, 2015

The USCIS issued a reminder that 7/6/15 is the deadline for eligible nationals of Syria (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) who do not currently hold Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to register for TPS. The redesignation…

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DOS Alert: Technological System Issues Cause Visa Delays

Since early June, the Department of State (DOS) has been currently experiencing technical problems with its overseas passport and visa systems, regarding background checks. The issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category.  However, the problem…

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