USCIS Has Been Busy Expanding Access to Legal Immigration and Restoring Some Humanitarian Protections

USCIS Has Been Busy Expanding Access to Legal Immigration and Restoring Some Humanitarian Protections

By Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun implementing policies in recent weeks which expand access to lawful immigration status, employment, and humanitarian protections for people who were previously under assault by the Trump administration. ‘ These latest developments include a redesignation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, a […]

National Battle for Citizenship Path Marches Through New York City

National Battle for Citizenship Path Marches Through New York City

By Eileen Grench and Christopher Alvarez, THE CITY Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a $3.5 trillion-dollar budget reconciliation bill that included a proposed path to citizenship for “qualified immigrants” — and New Yorkers are poised to help lead the fight for passage. The National TPS Alliance came to the city last week to rally the […]

Immigration Anxiety

Immigration Anxiety

Anyone who has ever been through immigration will know firsthand that this is a very stressful time that can lead to sleepless nights as he or she struggles to get through the immigration process. What are some ways to cope with immigration anxiety? Map Out Your Immigration Journey Immigration is like a journey that will […]

Marriage Fraud Consequences

Marriage Fraud Consequences

Marriage fraud is a crime, regardless of the circumstances under which you sought to “help” an illegal immigrant circumvent legal immigration channels or if you took part in a sham marriage for money. What are the consequences of marriage fraud? Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Investigation U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have an important […]

Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence

Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence

Immigrants are particularly vulnerable because many may not speak English, are often separated from family and friends, and may not understand the laws of the United States.  For these reasons, immigrants are often afraid to report acts of domestic violence to the police or to seek other forms of assistance. Such fear causes many immigrants […]

USCIS May Reopen H-1B Petitions Denied Under Three Rescinded Policy Memos

USCIS May Reopen H-1B Petitions Denied Under Three Rescinded Policy Memos

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office located in Silicon Valley; USCIS is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – Nov 20, 2019 Santa Clara / CA / USA (Shutterstock) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced it may reopen and/or reconsider adverse decisions on Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant […]

USCIS May Reopen H-1B Petitions Denied Under Three Rescinded Policy Memos

USCIS May Reopen H-1B Petitions Denied Under Three Rescinded Policy Memos

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office located in Silicon Valley; USCIS is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – Nov 20, 2019 Santa Clara / CA / USA (Shutterstock) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced it may reopen and/or reconsider adverse decisions on Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant […]

USCIS Launches H-1B Employer Data Hub

USCIS Launches H-1B Employer Data Hub

USCIS has launched an H-1B Employer Data Hub to provide information to the public on employers petitioning for H-1B workers. The data hub is part of our continued effort to increase transparency in employment-based visa programs by allowing the public to search for H-1B petitioners by fiscal year (back to FY 2009), NAICS code, employer name, […]

How to Hire International Employees Using an H-1B Visa

How to Hire International Employees Using an H-1B Visa

The H-1B program allows US companies located in the United States to bring in international employees for up to three years (extendable to six years) to work in “specialty” positions requiring a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. The process is rather complex and requires about six months to complete. Furthermore, the H-1B is usually subject […]

Premium Processing Begins for Certain Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions on May 20

Premium Processing Begins for Certain Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions on May 20

On May 20, USCIS will begin premium processing for FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petitioners requesting a change of status on their Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Petitioners who do not file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, concurrently with an FY 2020 cap-subject H-1B petition requesting a change of status must wait until premium processing […]