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July 27, 2023
Beata Leja

USCIS Announces Plans to Conduct 2nd H-1B Lottery!!

On July 27, 2023, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it plans to conduct a 2nd H-1B lottery this year. USCIS received a record 780,884 H-1B registrations this year, but concluded that more than half were submitted...

July 17, 2023
Linda Sanchez Ortega

ICE Now Requires Online Bond Payment for Release of Detained Immigrants

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has implemented the Cash Electronic Bonds Online (CeBONDS). CeBONDS is a web-based system that provides a completely automated, online capability to request verification of bond eligibility, make cash immigration bond payments, and send...

July 05, 2023
Courtney Wachal

Can I Apply For a Compelling Circumstance EAD?

A compelling circumstance EAD is a temporary work authorization that may be issued by USCIS, in its discretion, to certain non-immigrants and their dependents. These individuals must meet a specific criterion, including being the beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa...

June 20, 2023
Beata Leja

USCIS Finally Expands Premium Processing to Applicants Seeking to Change to F, M or J Status

On June 12, 2023, USCIS announced that it is finally expanding premium processing (i.e. expedited processing for an added fee) to applicants who are seeking to change their nonimmigrant status to F, M, and J status. Specifically, the expansion applies...

June 12, 2023
Anna Buskila

FAQs about Employment-Based Green Card Process through a Labor Certification (PERM)

The process for securing employment-based legal permanent resident status (green card) in the United States through a labor certification (PERM) is a three-step process. Step 1: Certified labor certification (PERM) from the Department of labor (“DOL”); Developing and finalizing PERM...

May 30, 2023
Amanda Rizzo

Is It Safe for Undocumented Immigrants to Travel within the United States?

Summertime is almost here and a common question we receive from our clients is whether they may travel within the United States. A person without lawful immigration status could be detained, placed in removal proceedings, or removed from the country...

May 22, 2023
Aaron Lawee

I Was Granted Asylum – When Should I File for My Green Card?

Our office has begun receiving questions about when an asylee becomes eligible to seek a green card. Unfortunately, the guidance from USCIS is still unclear on this matter. Background: U.S. immigration law allows an asylee to become a lawful permanent...

May 15, 2023
Marjorie M. Filice

Applying For Social Security Number After Arrival in United States: What You Need to Know

Social Security Numbers (SSN) are identification numbers given to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and nonimmigrants on temporary visas who are authorized to work in the U.S. Nonimmigrants who do not have permission to work in the U.S. are not...


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