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USDOS Announces April Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of April 2018. Category Country of Chargeability Priority Date Comment EB-1 Worldwide Current Unchanged EB-1 China January 1, 2012 Retrogressed 74 months EB-1 India … Continue reading

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The USCIS Drops “Nation of Immigrants” From Mission Statement

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) recently changed its mission statement to remove the section describing the U.S. as “a nation of immigrants.” Before the recent change, the USCIS’s mission statement read: “USCIS secures America’s promise as a … Continue reading

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USDOS Announces March Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of March 2018. Category Country of Chargeability Priority Date Comment EB-1 Worldwide Current Unchanged EB-1 China Current Unchanged EB-1 India Current Unchanged EB-1 Mexico … Continue reading

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Work Permits for H-4 Spouses Face Uncertain Future

Based on current political talks, work permits (“EADs”) for H-4 visa holders may no longer be an option. The current law states that spouses of H-1B visa holders, also known as H-4 visa holders, may not apply for work authorization. … Continue reading

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USDOS Announces February Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of February 2018. Category Country of Chargeability Priority Date Comment EB-1 Worldwide Current Unchanged EB-1 China Current Unchanged EB-1 India Current Unchanged EB-1 Mexico … Continue reading

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The 12 Notes of H-1B Sponsorship: What U.S. Employers Should Know About the H-1B Lottery

The 12 Notes of Christmas H-1B Sponsorship: What U.S. Employers Should Know About the H-1B Lottery The holidays are just around the corner, closely followed by the H-1B lottery during the first week of April. Though the deadline may seem … Continue reading

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USDOS Announces December Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of December 2017. Category Country of Chargeability Priority Date Comment EB-1 Worldwide Current Unchanged EB-1 China           Current Unchanged EB-1 India           Current Unchanged … Continue reading

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USCIS Increases Scrutiny for Nonimmigrant Extension Petitions

In a policy memorandum dated October 23, 2017, the USCIS announced that it has instructed its adjudicating officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension petitions for H-1B, L-1, TN, and other nonimmigrant categories. … Continue reading

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The Immigration Group, P.C. hires new paralegal, Lydia Ethridge.

The Immigration Group is proud to announce and welcome Lydia Ethridge as a new paralegal. Ms. Ethridge will be responsible for a variety of paralegal tasks within the firm’s nonimmigrant visa and green card practices. Ms. Ethridge graduated from summa cum … Continue reading

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USDOS Announces November Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of November 2017. Category Country of Chargeability Priority Date Comment EB-1 Worldwide Current Unchanged EB-1 China           Current Unchanged EB-1 India           Current Unchanged … Continue reading

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