Visa Bulletin for July 2015 and Predictions of Visa Availability for the Rest of 2015

The Visa Bulletin for July 2015 is  now available. The Visa Bulletin is a monthly publication by the Bureau of Consular Affairs, that is a part of the Department of State (DOS). This bulletin provides valuable information on the immigrant visa…

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Announcing the winners of the 2015 Immigrant Journey Awards!

Cowles and Thompson’s Immigrant Journey Awards diversity program recognizes and honors outstanding North Texas immigrant leaders in business, profession, community, and advocacy.This year’s winners were announced on June 12, 2015 at Prestonwood Country Club. Congratulations to the 2015 honorees!  Immigrant…

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Temporary Protected Status Extended for Somalia

From the USCIS: WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Somalia (and eligible individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in Somalia) for an additional 18 months, effective Sept. 18, 2015,…

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Divided Fifth Circuit Denies Emergency Stay as Underlying Case on Immigration Action Proceeds

From the American Immigration Council: Washington D.C. – In a disappointing decision, a divided panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday denied the federal government’s request for an emergency stay of a preliminary injunction that has temporarily stopped President Obama’s deferred…

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Immigrants and Their Advocates File Class Action Lawsuit Against USCIS and DHS for Unlawful Delays in Adjudicating Applications for Employment Authorization

From the American Immigration Council: May 26, 2015 Washington D.C.– Last Friday, three immigrants and two immigration service providers filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for…

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USCIS Issues New Instructions for H-4 Work Card Applicants

On May 26, 2015, the government will begin accepting H-4 employment authorization document (EAD) applications for work authorization.  Yesterday, USCIS  published information to help eligible H-4 dependent spouses who want to apply for employment authorization under the Employment Authorization for Certain H-4…

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Visa Bulletin for June 2015

The Visa Bulletin for June 2015 is  now available. The Visa Bulletin is a monthly publication by the Bureau of Consular Affairs, that is a part of the Department of State (DOS). This bulletin provides valuable information on the immigrant visa…

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USCIS Advisory: Adoption of Children Affected by the Earthquake in Nepal

U.S. citizens who wish to help and adopt Nepali children affected by the recent earthquake should read the following USCIS advisory: USCIS cautions that adoption by a U.S. citizen, by itself, does not make the child a U.S. citizen or…

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USCIS Announces Immigration Relief Measures for Nepali Nationals

Nepali nationals who are currently in the U.S. may be eligible for certain immigration benefits because of the earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015. The USCIS recently announced some “immigration relief measures”  for eligible Nepali nationals which could include: Change…

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Government Settles Lawsuit Against International Hotel Chain Over Discrimination Against Foreign-Born Worker

The Justice Department recently announced  that it reached a settlement with Hilton Worldwide (Hilton), an international hotel chain, to resolve allegations that Hilton discriminated against a foreign-born worker.  Specifically, the department found that a Hilton-owned hotel in Naples, Florida, discriminated against…

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