Three Reasons to Extend Your H-1B Visa While Waiting For Your Green Card

Even if you have an employment authorization document (EAD) for work purposes and an advance parole document (AP) for travel purposes, extending your H-1B visa while your green card application is pending might be worthwhile depending upon your circumstances. Here…

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Alert for H-1B Employees – Be Prepared for Surprise Visits to Your Worksite!

Those working with H-1B visas need to be aware that the USCIS is conducting approximately 25,000 random worksite visits to verify that the H-1B employee is actually employed with the sponsoring employer as described in the H-1B petition. Many of…

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Obama Signs Bill Extending Two Immigration-Related Programs

On 3/20/09, President Obama signed H.R. 1127 (PL 111-9), which extends two immigration related programs –Religious Workers and Conrad 30– through 9/30/09. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives on 3/4/09, and by the Senate on 3/11/09. AILA…

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USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for FY 2010 Beginning April 1, 2009

On March 20, 2009, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2010 (FY 2010) cap on April 1, 2009. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that…

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Name Check Backlog Cleared

Name Checks Pending More Than Six Months Now Completed On 3/4/09 USCIS announced that it eliminated the backlog for FBI name checks pending more than 6 months. The next goal is to complete name check requests pending more than 90…

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Join the Army and Become a U.S. Citizen

Effective February 23, 2009, and through December 31, 2009, certain individuals who are present in the United States on valid, non-immigrant visas, and who possess certain language skills and/or who are healthcare professionals (doctors and nurses) may apply to enlist…

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National Sign-on Letter to the President Elect on Immigration Reform

Over 1,200 advocacy groups delivered a letter to the Obama Administration outlining priorities for immigration reform. The letter stressed the urgency with which the new Administration should approach immigration reform, noting that efforts to address the ills of our immigration…

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Obama Inaugural Speech

Our Obama Watch party was a great success! We want to thank all our guests who attended. In case you missed it, here’s President Obama’s Inaugural Speech.

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Physicians with MBBS degrees are M.D.s!

In the past year, some officers at the Texas Service Center (TSC) had been denying EB-2 / I-140 petitions based upon labor certification, finding that an MBBS degree is not equivalent to an M.D. in the U.S. In an appeal…

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Military to Enlist Legal Aliens who Hold Critical Skills

The Defense Department announced on December 5, 2008 that it has authorized the military services to implement a pilot program that will temporarily permit enlistment into military service certain legal aliens (who have lived in the United States for at…

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