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USCIS Announces Update on O-1 Petitions Guidance with a Focus on STEM Fields
USCIS Announces Update on O-1 Petitions Guidance with a Focus on STEM Fields

With an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently updated its Policy Manual to offer further advice on the types of evidence that can be used to support a petition for an O-1A nonimmigrant of outstanding ability...

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US Senate & House of Representatives Introduce America’s CHILDREN Act
US Senate & House of Representatives Introduce America’s CHILDREN Act

The legislation aims to bring a problem that most Americans are unaware of to a sound solution. More specifically, documented children of long-term visa holders who have grown up and completed their educational attainments in the United States would not face consequences, namely self-deportation once they age-out at 21 years anymore...

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Employment-based Adjustment of Status Applicants Should Send Their Medical Forms ASAP for More Efficient Processing
Employment-based Adjustment of Status Applicants Should Send Their Medical Forms ASAP for More Efficient Processing

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that they are collaborating with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) in processing employment-based immigrant visas for applicants living outside the US. In a recent announcement, USCIS has announced that they urge anyone within the United States who may be eligible for an employment-based adjustment of status to note these important reminders regarding Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination, and Vaccination Record. UCSIS noted that if the person is planning to file an adjustment of status application, he/she should include a valid Form I-693. If applicants have a pending Form I-485, Adjustment of Status Application, they should not send an unsolicited Form I-693 to USCIS...

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Policy Alert | U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Policy Alert | U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently issued a new policy on the 3- and 10-year bars. As it is known, under section INA 212(a)(9)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), noncitizens are inadmissible if they accrue more than 180 days ..

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A New Temporary Final Rule by USCIS Regarding Employment Authorization Documents
A New Temporary Final Rule by USCIS Regarding Employment Authorization Documents

A recent Temporary Final Rule by USCIS increases the automatic extension period regarding Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) for certain eligible Form I-765 renewal applicants to 540 days from their expiration date specified on their existing EAD. That was previously determined as 180 days. The new temporary final rule will take effect on May 4, 2022...

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USCIS Announces to Implement Risk-Based Approach for Conditional Permanent Resident Interviews
USCIS Announces to Implement Risk-Based Approach for Conditional Permanent Resident Interviews

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) earlier announced a new policy update to adopt a risk-based approach when waiving interviews for conditional permanent residents (CPR), filing a petition to remove the conditions on their permanent resident status. With the new policy update, USCIS officers will be guided to waive interviews for CPRs who filed a Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. New update has replaced previous agency guidance requiring all CPRs to undergo an interview if they obtained CPR status via consular processing...

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A New Visa Category for Entrepreneurs and Opportunities for Foreign Ph.D. Holders on STEM
A New Visa Category for Entrepreneurs and Opportunities for Foreign Ph.D. Holders on STEM

Congress initiated legislation considering the need for dynamic entrepreneurship for bolstering resiliency in the markets and the requirement for competitiveness against increasing dependence on China’s skilled workforce, particularly in STEM fields...

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The U.S. Prepares to Welcome 100.000 Ukrainian Refugees Fleeing Russia’s War in Ukraine
The U.S. Prepares to Welcome 100.000 Ukrainian Refugees Fleeing Russia’s War in Ukraine

On March 24, 2022, the Biden administration announced that the U.S. would provide refuge to 100.000 Ukrainians and others fleeing from Russia’s Invasion. Many countries, including Poland, Romania, Moldova, and Germany, have hosted around four million displaced Ukrainian people in response to the most dramatic humanitarian crisis in Europe since WW II...

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Asylum Procedures Update
Asylum Procedures Update

The Biden Administration recently issued a new rule allowing for asylum officers at the U.S.-Mexico border to adjudicate claims for protection from removal made by immigrants. According to The Department of Homeland Security, this rule was a part of the aim shortening the time between a noncitizens’ arrival at the border and a decision if the persons can remain in the U.S. ..

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L Visas And Its Requirements
L Visas And Its Requirements

The L-1 visa is available for employers who wish to transfer an employee from a foreign branch, subsidiary, affiliate, parent, or related corporate entity to work or establish a related entity in the United States. There are two types of L-1 visas. The first being L-1A: Intracompany Transferee for Executives or Managers and the second being L-1B: Intracompany Transferee for Employees with Specialized Knowledge. Each type of L-1 visa has its own distinct eligibility requirements...

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