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More People Can File Their Green Card Applications in October 2018: USCIS to Accept I-485 Applications for Employment-Based and Family-Based Categories Based on the Dates for Filing Charts

In October 2018, more individuals will be eligible to file their green card applications than before. The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that for the month of October 2018, it will accept I-485 adjustment of status (i.e....

September 10, 2018
Beata Leja

USCIS Expands Premium Processing Suspension for Many H-1B Petitions, Hurting Business & Foreign Employees

On March 20, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would temporarily suspend premium processing for H-1B petitions filed toward this year’s annual H-1B cap, and anticipated that the suspension would expire on September 10, 2018....

Some International Students Will Begin Accruing Unlawful Presence on August 9, 2018

Under a new memo that goes into effect tomorrow, August 9, 2018, some nonimmigrants in F (international student) status, J (cultural or educational exchange visitor) status, or M (vocational or technical school student) status may begin accruing unlawful presence (ULP)...

March 21, 2018
Beata Leja

USCIS Suspending Premium Processing for Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions Until September 10, 2018

On March 20, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will temporarily suspend premium processing for H-1B petitions filed toward this year’s annual cap, the Fiscal Year 2019 cap. This means that all cap-subject H-1B petitions...

January 20, 2018
Beata Leja

Immigration Implications of Government Shutdown 2018

As of today, January 20, 2018, many aspects of the United States government have shut down because Congress cannot agree on a budget for continued spending, largely because of a stalemate on many important issues, including providing a path to...

January 19, 2018
Beata Leja

It’s H-1B Season Again & What to Expect in the Aftermath of “Buy American, Hire American”

It’s that time of year again for employers who hire foreign workers, most often talented individuals who first came to the US as F-1 students to complete Bachelor’s, Master’s or other degrees from U.S. universities. It is time to begin...

Federal Judge Temporarily Reinstates DACA, Allowing for Renewals

On September 5, 2017, President Trump announced that his administration was rescinding DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), gradually phasing out the program beginning March 6, 2018. On January 9, 2018, in Regents of the University of California v. DHS,...

September 05, 2017
Beata Leja

President Trump Rescinds DACA, Which Will Phase out Beginning on March 6, 2018

President Trump announced today that his administration is rescinding the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. The White House believes that former President Obama violated the constitution...

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