Employers Should Prepare Now for the H-1B Cap Registration Period

H-1B Cap Registration:  Employers can register for H-1B visas from March 9 through March 25, 2021, for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 (October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022). During this timeframe, H-1B cap-subject employers, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption,…

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Biden freezes Trump’s last-minute H-1B visa rules

Just before it ended, the Trump administration issued two last-minute H-1B visa rules that substantially changed the H-1B visa program. H-1B cap registration –  under a final rule issued Jan. 8 , only the highest-paid applicants for new H-1B visa would be selected….

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Muslim and African Travel Ban Ends Under New Biden Administration

Although originally touted as a 90-day restriction on immigration, the Trump travel ban has kept apart thousands of immigrant families from 13 countries for nearly four long years. Now that the Biden administration has reversed much of this ban, the…

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Why Was My Green Card Application Denied?

Pursuing a green card can be a lengthy and stressful process. Being denied after spending so much time and money on your application is incredibly frustrating, but it does not mean that all hope is lost. With the help of…

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What to Expect at Your Biometrics Appointment

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services  (USCIS) requires a biometrics appointment as part of the process for many types of immigration applications. Here’s what to expect at your biometrics appointment: APPOINTMENT NOTICE You will receive a notice (Form I-797C,…

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USCIS Announces New Proof of Extension of Green Card Validity for I-90 Applicants Replacing Expiring Green Cards

Starting in January 2021, green card holders who file form I-90 to replace their expiring green cards, will receive a Form I-797 notice within 7 to 10 days after the USCIS accepts the application.  This notice will serve as a…

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USCIS Provides Update on Receipt Notice Delays for Forms Filed at Lockbox Facilities

Many applications are filed at USCIS “lockbox” locations such as I-140, I-485, I-130,  I-765 and other applications.  Typically, receipts for these applications are issued within two weeks. But these are not typical times. On January 8, 2021, USCIS issued an…

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Biometrics Appointments Severely Delayed Due to Pandemic

On December 29, 2020, USCIS confirmed what we already know – it is experiencing substantial delays in scheduling or rescheduling application support center (ASC) appointments to collect biometrics.  In its announcement, the USCIS explained that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and…

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USCIS Extends Time to Respond to Requests for Evidence and Other Case Requests Due to Pandemic, Once Again

On December 18, 2020, USCIS issued a new notice, adding to a previous notice, extending the period of time individuals can respond to certain requests. The notice states: USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency RequestsIn response to the coronavirus (COVID-19)…

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USCIS Announces a Revised Naturalization Civics Test

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today plans to implement a revised version of the naturalization civics test. The agency first announced plans to revise the civics test in July 2019. USCIS revised the civics test as part of a decennial…

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