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The New Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9), which is effective immediately. Employers may continue to use the current Form I-9 through January 21, 2017, but after that

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New International Entrepreneur Rule Revealed

Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it is proposing a new rule, which would allow certain international entrepreneurs to stay in the U.S. on a case-by-case basis, in order to start or grow their business. These entrepreneurs

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DHS Expands the Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

Today, The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finalized a rule that expands eligibility for provisional waivers of inadmissibility based on the accrual of unlawful presence. The provisional unlawful presence waiver (“provisional waiver”) process allows certain individuals who are present

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USCIS Transfers Workload from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center

USCIS has issued an alert on workload transfer from the Vermont Service Center (VSC) to the California Service Center (CSC) to balance workloads and decrease processing times. The CSC will now be processing some: Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant

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USCIS’ Draft of Policy Manual Guidance on Extreme Hardship Available for Comment

USCIS has released a draft of the USCIS policy manual guidance on extreme hardship. This manual includes guidance on several different topics including: General considerations, interpretations, and adjudication steps Establishing a qualifying relative Extreme hardship factors Extreme hardship determinations Discretion

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USCIS Announces Revised Procedures for Determining Visa Availability for Applicants Waiting to File for Adjustment of Status

USCIS, in coordination with Department of State (DOS), is revising the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status. The revised process will better align with procedures DOS uses for

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Congress Finally Funds DHS & USCIS

Congress finally passed a funding bill to keep the Department of Homeland Security (including USCIS) open. It will now be sent to President Obama’s desk for his signature (he is expected to sign the bill). The bill will fund DHS

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Arrival/Departure History Now Available on I-94 Webpage

  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched a new webpage on May 1 that offers nonimmigrant U.S. visitors access to their I-94 arrival/departure record and their arrival/departure history.  The new CBP webpage allows nonimmigrant travelers to access arrival/departure records

Posted in In The News, Nonimmigrant Visas, Uncategorized, USCIS New Policies/Procedures

Fiscal Year 2014 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program

On April 1, 2014 USCIS began accepting applications for a competitive grant funding opportunity to promote immigrant civic integration and prepare permanent residents for citizenship.  USCIS will offer up to $10 million in competitive funding for citizenship preparation programs in

Posted in Consular Issues, Green Card, ICE, Immigrant Visas, In The News, Nonimmigrant Visas, Uncategorized, USCIS New Policies/Procedures

H-1B Status

USCIS received about 172,500 H-1B petitions during the filing period which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption.  On April 10, 2014, USCIS completed a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to

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The global economy has become increasingly transactional and transcontinental. Since 9/11, there have been many amendments to immigration laws in the United States that have largely affected both individuals and businesses. Cozen O'Connor's immigration law blog, ABC's of Immigration Law, focuses on the interests and the challenges faced by those individuals and business impacted by immigration laws.
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