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COVID-19 VACCINE ADVISORY

Individuals submitting Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, on or after October 1, 2021, must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Most applicants filing for adjustment of status to become a lawful permanent resident with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or an immigrant visa application with Department of State (DOS) must submit Form I-693 completed by

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USCIS is no longer applying the Public Charge Rule

USCIS is no Longer Applying the Public Charge Rule Applicants and petitioners should not provide information or evidence related solely to the Public Charge Final Rule. Applicants for adjustment of status should not submit Form I-944, Declaration of Self Sufficiency, or any evidence or documentation required by Form I-944 when they file their Form I-485. Applicants and petitioners for extension

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Employers Prepare For H-1B Season!

Employers Prepare! The FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registration Begins March 9, 2021 The H-1B visa is one of the most coveted non-immigrant visas due to foreign nationals’ ability to have dual intent (the intent to enter the U.S. on a temporary work visa and obtain an adjustment of status to an immigrant visa eventually). However, the U.S. has a cap

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Federal restrictions eased over work visas

The Trump administration issued significant concessions in August relating to immigration restrictions announced in June. The president signed an order on June 22, banning migrants’ entry through the end of 2020 in specific visa categories, including L-1B visas for specialized workers. The suspension does not apply to visa applicants already in-country before the ban took effect on June 24, or

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What you should know about L-1 visas

The L-1 visa program has been invaluable for multinational businesses. It’s important to understand how this program can benefit your business and to understand some of the challenges the program is currently facing. Who is the L-1 visa for? The L-1 visa is a temporary visa for workers who are coming to a U.S. office of a multinational business. It

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Why am I receiving an RFE for my H-1B visa petition?

You worked with your boss to submit your H-1B employment visa petition. A couple months have gone by, and now – instead of receiving your H-1B approval – the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has sent you something called an RFE. Why have you received this, and is it cause for concern? What is an RFE? A Request

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USCIS reaches H-1B cap Litwin & Smith ready to file your H1B Petition

  A sufficient number of registrations have been received for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to fill its annual allotment of H-1B nonimmigrant specialty employee visas for the upcoming fiscal year. The agency caps applications at 85,000 – 65,000 for foreign nationals with a bachelor’s degree, and 20,000 with a master’s or higher. The USCIS says it

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New application process for H-1B visas begins March 1

A new electronic registration process for the overhauled H-1B visa system is now ready for the fiscal year 2021 lottery. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says the new system is an easier-to-use streamlined process. The USCIS says the new electronic system will reduce paperwork and save employers money when petitioning for H-1B visas. Under a simplified online process,

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H-1B visas in 2020: More expensive and more stringent?

The H-1B visa program has already been the subject of some high-profile change. That includes the new electronic registration requirement with $10 fee, its impact on the lottery and reports of ever-increasing application denials. The tumult may not end any time soon. Two proposed rules could alter the H-1B visa process even further. Tightening the definition of ‘best and brightest’

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