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USCIS Plans to Increase On-Site H-1B Visits

USCIS Plans to Increase On-Site H-1B Visits

On October 20, 2017, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) within the Department of Homeland Security issued the results of its audit of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) H-1B on-site visit program (specifically, its Administrative Site Visit and...

Diversity Visa (DV) 2019 Program

Diversity Visa (DV) 2019 Program

UPDATE:  The Department of State has announced that due to a technical issue, the DV-2019 entry period that began on October 3, 2017, has been closed. Entries submitted between October 3, 2017 to October 10, 2017 will not be included as part of the lottery.   The new...

Streamlined Process for EAD cardholders to obtain SSN

Streamlined Process for EAD cardholders to obtain SSN

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) will soon make it easier for certain foreign nationals to apply for Social Security Numbers (SSN) when applying for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card.  As...

USCIS Suspending Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

USCIS Suspending Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

UPDATE:  Effective October 3, 2017, USCIS resumed Premium Processing for all H-1B cases.   As a reminder, the H-1B category is designed for foreign professional workers holding a university degree and authorizes a foreign professional to work in the United States in a...

Additional Immigration Enforcement in Texas

Additional Immigration Enforcement in Texas

UPDATE: On September 25, 2017, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals permitted additional provisions of SB4 to proceed beyond the inquiry into immigration status permitted by Chief U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia.  Specifically, the 5th Circuit permitted the SB4...

New I-9 Required on September 18, 2017

New I-9 Required on September 18, 2017

UPDATE:  Effective this week, employers must use the new version of Form I-9. Additional details on the updates to the I-9 can be found on the USCIS website. ** Today, USCIS published a new version of Form I-9 that takes effect immediately.  Although employers can...

Hurricane Harvey Support

Hurricane Harvey Support

UPDATE:  Individuals who have had passports damaged or lost during Hurricanes Harvey and Irma may need to replace their passports as soon as possible and before departing from the U.S.   For U.S. citizens in the southeastern area of Texas, the U.S. Passport Agency in...

Additional Green Card Interviews Upcoming

Additional Green Card Interviews Upcoming

On August 28, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that additional interviews will be conducted for certain individuals pursuing permanent residency.  Until recently, USCIS waived interviews for most employment-based...

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