New J-1 Waiver Option for Primary Care Physicians Now Available at Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently expanded its J-1 waiver program. Now private employers can request a waiver of the two-year home residency requirement for qualified J-1 physicians from the DHHS clinical care waiver program. The…

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USCIS resumes premium processing for eligible petitions

The USCIS announced that it will start premium processing again for some I-129 and I-140 petitions. The premium processing fee is $1440 and can be requested by filing the I-907 Request for Premium Processing Service form. The USCIS will start…

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[Webinar Replay] Physician Q&A Webinar – May 20,2020

Enjoy this replay of our May 2020 monthly free webinar exclusively for physicians and medical employers.Topics include green card bills, H-1B furloughs, J-1 waivers, and more. Physicians, if you have an immigration question on your mind, join us for our…

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Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act – Senate bill could grant green cards faster for foreign health workers in US

On May 5, 2020, a bipartisan group of senators introduced the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act (Senate Bill 3599) to temporarily relieve the country’s shortage of doctors and nurses, strengthen the healthcare workforce, and improve healthcare access during the COVID-19 crisis. If passed, the Healthcare…

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AILA Demands Action from USCIS to Toll Deadlines and Expiration Dates

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its agency the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on April 3, 2020. AILA listed the necessity for action by USCIS…

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Physician Immigration Q&A Webinar Reply (April 22, 2020)

Enjoy this replay of our April 2020 monthly free webinar exclusively for physicians and medical employers. Physicians, if you have an immigration question on your mind, join us for our next free webinar and get the facts about immigration rules…

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USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4

From the USCIS: On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS is readying offices to reopen on…

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Trump’s Proclamation to Temporarily Suspend Immigration into the United States – What You Should Know NOW

The much anticipated Proclamation on immigration was just signed – Here’s what we know NOW. The order suspends the issuance of immigrant visas (green cards) for 60 days effective at 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on April 23, 2020 ONLY for those immigrant…

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COVID-19 Impact on Immigration: Non-Citizen Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits under the CARES Act

Under the basic requirements established in the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA), non-citizens usually qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits (UI) if they are authorized to work. The federal funded unemployment insurance benefits under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic…

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COVID-19 Impact on Immigration: Non-Citizen Eligibility for Recovery Rebates under the CARES Act

The recovery rebates under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act are administered under tax law and has very specific requirements as to eligibility. Generally, noncitizens must (1) meet certain income limits, (2) have social security number, and…

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