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USCIS Case followup

The USCIS generally gives processing times in Month. For instance, the Nebraska Service Center is processing H-1Bs that were filed in July 2016. However, they have said that from July 4th, will give a specific date. For instance, Nebraska Service

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New I-9 is Now Available On Line

On November 16, 2016, USCIS advised that its new Form I-9 can now be downloaded and used by employers.  The current I-9 version issued on March 8, 2013 can be used until January 17, 2017.  After that date, the new

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USCIS Extends TPS for Nepal

On October 26, 2016, USCIS announced an extension of designation of Nepal for Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, in the United States for an additional 18 month period, effective from December 25, 2016, through June 24, 2018.  According to USCIS,

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USCIS to Raise Immigration Filing Fees

On October 24, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security announced new filing fees which USCIS will be charging for immigration benefits.  The new fees become effective on December 23, 2016. USCIS calculates the increases to be a weighted average of

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Entrepreneurs Visa

In 2014, President Obama issued an Executive order making it easy for Entrepreneurs to get visas. However until this past Friday, the Citizenship and Immigration Service (hereinafter CIS) did not issue any guidance as to how this could be achieved.

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When Natural Disasters happen

The Government works with deadlines. Unlike State Court where lawyers can argue that they are not ready and reset the date of their hearing, we attorneys working with federal agencies have to such leverage. We are given an audit notice

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USCIS Issues Updated EB-5 Processing Report for August, 2016

In its report issued in August, 2016, USCIS advises that it is processing initial EB-5 investor petitions within 16.7 months of petition filing, petitions to remove conditions on residence  on EB-5 immigrant investors within 21.5 months of filing, and applications

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Buying the American Dream—The EB-5 visa

EB-5 Job creation and money in US   I know Trump makes for a great opening line in any blog, so I will start with Trump.  Trump criticized Mr. Khan, the Gold Star parent by saying that Khan, a lawyer

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H-1B employers sue USCIS alleging that lottery regulations are invalid

Two companies have sued the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seeking to set aside the current H-1B visa lottery system. The H-1B visa classification permits a U.S. employer to offer a professional position to a degreed foreign national and

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EB-5 Woes

The EB-5 Regional Center program is undergoing change from every direction: its statutory existence is set to expire in about 2 months absent legislation to extend it; there are long delays in USCIS EB-5 petition processing, and significantly, there is

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