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SPEC Meeting for Parents of Children with Special Needs

PARENTS of CHILDREN with SPECIAL NEEDS S P E C   M E E T I N G Saturday, March 19, 2016 1:00pm – 2:30pm Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia “Special Needs Trusts & Guardianship” Tom Begley, Esq. and Ethan

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USCIS Received an Unprecedented Number of H-1B Petitions for FY 2016

On April 13, 2015, USCIS announced that it had received 233,000 H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2016 – the largest ever received in advance of a fiscal year – which reached the statutory cap for both the 65,000 H-1B visa

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USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap on April 7, 2015 for FY2016: Delivery Glitches Frustrate Many Employers

In bad news for U.S. employers seeking needed, high skilled foreign talent, USCIS announced on April 7, 2015 that it had enough H-1B petitions on hand to reach the annual advanced degree cap of 20,000 H-1B visa numbers, and the

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President Takes Executive Action on Immigration

On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced multiple administrative changes to the way in which his Administration will implement current U.S. immigration laws.  These far reaching changes provide Deferred Action for parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents for a

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National Visa Center Changes Document Collection Policy

In a move to reduce applicant wait times, the National Visa Center will no longer require original documents to be submitted as part of the U.S. immigration process.  Instead, starting November 12, 2014 immigrant visa applicants need only submit copies

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USCIS Announces a 72 Hour Trial Test of a Web Based Application to Replace a Green Card

Starting on November 12, 2014, USCIS will begin a trial test of expanding its on line electronic immigration system, known as USCIS ELIS, to include an application to replace a Permanent Resident Card commonly known as a green card.  During

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USCIS Reports on November 2014 EB-5 Processing Times

In its November 10, 2014 Processing Time Information, USCIS reports processing initial EB-5 investor immigrant petitions  within 14.3 months of filing.  For EB-5 investors seeking to remove conditions on their residence, USCIS reports a 6.8 months adjudication time frame from

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China and the U.S. Agree to Lengthen Visitor and Student Visa Validity Periods

The U.S. Department of State announced that beginning November 12, 2014, the United States and the People’s Republic of China will increase the validity period for business, tourist, student and exchange visitor visas issued to each other’s citizens.  Eligible PRC

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India EB-2 Visa Numbers Expected to Retrogress

The October, 2014 Visa Bulletin advises that the current high level of EB-2 demand from India could push back Indian EB-2 priority dates from its current May 1, 2009, to early 2005.  In fact, this retrogression could occur as early

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U.S. Consular Posts in Canada Limit Visa Applications from Non-Canadians

On June 3, 2014. the Department of State has advised that it will severely limit the number of visa applications from non-Canadians, referred to as Third Country Nationals or TCNs, who may want to apply for nonimmigrant visas at any

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