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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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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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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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Intern at The Immigration Group

  Cecilia Romo, a senior at St. Cecilia’s Academy, interned at our office via in the St. Cecilia’s Interim Program, which is an opportunity for students to explore non-traditional learning options through travel, internships, and on campus opportunities. Cecilia became … Continue reading

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USCIS Still Quiet on Green Card Filing Dates for January 2017

The USCIS still has not announced whether it will use the “action” date or the “filing” date for determining who can file their adjustment of status application in January 2017.  Typically, USCIS makes this announcement on the 14th day of … Continue reading

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