USCIS Announces New Expedited Processing Policy For Healthcare Worker EAD Renewals

Processing times for employment authorization documents (EAD) can exceed 8 to 12 months, even for renewals.  On December 28, 2021, the USCIS announced that certain healthcare workers who have a pending EAD renewal application (Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization) are eligible…

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USCIS Temporarily Waiving 60-Day Rule for Civil Surgeon Signatures

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is temporarily waiving the requirement that the civil surgeon sign Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, no more than 60 days before an applicant files an application for the underlying immigration benefit…

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How EAD and Green Card Applicants Can Request a New or Replacement Social Security Card through USCIS Forms

Social security cards are available for certain immigrants, including those who have an employment authorization document (EAD) or green card.  Recently, the USCIS and the Social Security Administration (SSA) have made it a little easier for EAD and green card applicants to request a…

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Request for Public Input: Remote Document Examination for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

Due to the pandemic, DHS is seeking public input on its proposed modifications for employers when reviewing I-9 employment eligibility documents: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking comments from employers, employer organizations, employee groups, and other members of…

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U.S. Lifts Regional Travel Bans and Imposes Vaccination Requirement for All Adult Foreign National Travelers

On November 8, 2021, the COVID-19 regional travel bans, which prohibited entry into the United States of persons physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, will end. Instead, all adult…

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5 Steps Foreign-Born Doctors Need To Take For EB-1 Green Card Victory

Most doctors get a green card through an employer’s sponsorship of the labor certification process. Depending upon your country of birth, it can take anywhere from two to 10+ years to get a green card this way. And if you…

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USCIS to Welcome 21,000 New Citizens in Celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day this year by welcoming 21,000 new citizens in 335 naturalization ceremonies across the country between Sept. 17 and 23. “It is an honor to welcome so many new…

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CDC Requires COVID-19 Vaccination for Green Card Applicants and Refugees Starting October 1

Starting October 1st, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will require proof of  COVID-19 vaccination for all green card applicants and refugees.  Vaccination requirements for immigration are not new.  In fact, proof of many other vaccines recommended by the Advisory…

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Justice Department Settles with Large Health Care Organization to Resolve Software-Based Immigration-Related Discrimination Claims

The Department of Justice announced today that it reached a settlement with Ascension Health Alliance (Ascension), a Missouri-based health care organization with more than 2,600 sites – including 146 hospitals and more than 40 senior living facilities – in 19 states and…

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U.S. expands Citizenship Eligibility for Children born Overseas through Surrogacy or In Vitro Fertilization

The Biden administration recently expanded the eligibility of certain children born overseas through assisted reproductive technology (ART). ART is used to treat infertility and conceive children through various techniques such as surrogacy or in vitro fertilization. Until this new policy…

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