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USCIS Proposes Rule to Welcome International Entrepreneurs

USCIS, Ausust 26 ,2016 —U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing a new rule, which would allow certain international entrepreneurs to be considered for parole (temporary permission to be in the United States) so that they may start or scale their businesses here in the United States. Read the advance version of the notice Read More

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USCIS expands provisional waiver to help family of US citizens

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a final rule on July 29, expanding the existing provisional waiver process to allow family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) and who are statutorily eligible for immigrant visas to more easily navigate the immigration process.  The provisional waiver process promotes family unity by reducing the Read More

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August 8 is the Deadline to Apply to Add 7 Months to a 17-Month STEM OPT Extension

USCIS, August 1, 2016 – If you currently have a 17-month STEM OPT extension, you may apply to add 7 months to your STEM OPT period. If you want to apply for this 7-month extension, you must properly file your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (with the required fee and signature) on or before August Read More

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DHS Announces 18-Month Redesignation and Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Syria

USCIS, August 1, 2016 – Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has redesignated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for the country from Oct. 1, 2016, through March 31, 2018. This allows eligible nationals of Syria (or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) to register or Read More

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Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program

USCIS, June 8,2016 – Beginning June 8, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will allow certain Filipino World War II veteran family members who are beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions an opportunity to seek a discretionary grant of parole, on a case-by-case basis, to come to the United States before their visa becomes Read More

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Undocumented immigrants can use IDNYC cards to open bank account

Undocumented immigrants can use IDNYC cards to open bank account.More information is provided in the link below.  https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/citizenship-now/undocumented-immigrants-idnyc-cards-open-bank-account-article-1.2639453  

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Jury Award Against Officers for Excessive Force Is Reinstated

Author: Ben Bedell, New York Law Journal, April 13, 2016 – An appeals court reinstated $1.8 million of a $4 million jury verdict against New York City and two of its police officers that had been cut to $350,000 by a trial judge in an excessive force case Tuesday. A unanimous panel of the Appellate Read More

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HISTORICAL H-1B USAGE: AN EDUCATED GUESS ON HOW MANY PETITIONS WILL BE FILED THIS YEAR!

On April 1, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2017 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming.   We predict that H-1B petitioners Read More

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How to Protect Yourself in Case of an ICE Raid in Your Home

Author: Daniel M. Kowalski , Lexis Nexis Ava Benach, Dec. 28, 2015 – “Happy New Year!  Have an ICE raid! By now, everyone has heard that the Obama administration plans to celebrate the new year by rounding up families and removing them to Central America.  The administration hopes that the images of Central American families coming Read More

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USCIS Announces Revised Procedures for Determining Visa Availability for Applicants Waiting to File for Adjustment of Status

USCIS, Sept. 9, 2015 – “USCIS, in coordination with Department of State (DOS), is revising the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status. The revised process will better align with procedures DOS uses for foreign nationals who seek to become U.S. permanent residents by applying for Read More

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