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Spouses of Employment-Based Visa Holders May Now Apply for Work Authorization and Social Security Number via Form I-765

Spouses of employment-based visa holders who hold H-4, L-2 or E status may now apply for work authorization and a Social Security Number via Form I-765, instead of appearing at a local Social Security Administration office. In order to pursue … Continue reading

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Premium Processing Resumed For All H-1B Petitions

The USCIS has resumed premium processing service (“PPS”) today for all H-1B visa petitions. PPS guarantees a 15-calendar day processing time. If the guaranteed time frame is not met, the $1,225 government filing fee is refunded by the USCIS, which … Continue reading

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Premium Processing Resumes for 2018 H-1B Cap Cases

The USCIS has announced that it will accept premium processing requests for all H-1B Cap petitions submitted during the 2018 Fiscal Year Cap. This change applies to petitions that were filed in the H-1B Lottery in April 2017. This information … Continue reading

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USDOS Announces October Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of October 2017. Category Country of Chargeability Priority Date Comment EB-1 Worldwide Current Unchanged EB-1 China Current Advanced 68.5 months EB-1 India Current Advanced … Continue reading

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Employment-Based Green Card Applicants Will Be Required To Attend In-Person Interviews

The USCIS has announced that it will require in-person interviews for employment-based I-485 adjustment of status applicants starting October 1, 2017. This requirement is different from the current interview standard, where interviews for employment-based I-485 applicants are typically waived. This … Continue reading

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New Member Spotlight in Tennessee Lawyer’s Association for Women Newsletter

Attorney Victoria Gentry has been featured in the New Member Spotlight as a member of the Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women’s September Newsletter. Victoria is a member of the Association’s Marion Griffin Chapter in Nashville, which emphasizes and addresses issues … Continue reading

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Travel Abroad More Complex for Business Travelers Under New USCIS Policy Relating to Advance Parole

Foreign nationals who travel abroad while their application for advance parole is pending will now have that application deemed abandoned by the USCIS and therefore denied.  The USCIS has confirmed that this is its new policy, even if the individual … Continue reading

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USDOS Announces September Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of September 2017. Category Country of Chargeability Priority Date Comment EB-1 Worldwide Current Unchanged EB-1 China January 1, 2012 Unchanged EB-1 India January 1, … Continue reading

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What U.S. Companies and Foreign Workers Should Know About the RAISE Act Immigration Point System

On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, President Trump endorsed the RAISE Act, a new bill proposed in the Senate by Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue, in hopes of securing more jobs for American workers. If made into law, the bill … Continue reading

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USDOS Announces August Priority Dates For Filing Permanent Residency Applications

The following priority dates determine whether an applicant may file for permanent residency during the month of August 2017. Category Country of Chargeability Priority Date Comment EB-1 Worldwide Current Unchanged EB-1 China January 1, 2012 Unchanged EB-1 India January 1, … Continue reading

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