10 05, 2013

As We Await Passage of a Legalization Measure, DREAM ACT/Deferred Action Applicants Continue to File; Some Scheduled for Interview

By |2013-05-10T08:57:07-05:00May 10th, 2013|Categories: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), immigration reform, Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|Tags: , , , , , , |

Published:  May 10, 2013 There are at least 11 million folks in the U.S. who are more than a little curious whether immigration reform and a legalization program will ever become law.  With legislators in Congress “marking up” proposals and negotiating the details of a new law, we will no doubt have a better sense of the viability and substance of an eventual measure in the coming months.  In the meantime, undocumented childhood arrivals qualifying for 2 year work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (“DACA”) program continue to receive approvals. As of March 31, 2013, more than 488,000 Deferred […]

25 09, 2012

The Green Card Lottery (DV-2014)

By |2012-09-25T09:11:48-05:00September 25th, 2012|Categories: Family-Based Immigration Law, Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas, Visa Lottery and Diversity Visas to the U.S.|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Published: September 25, 2012 As in years past, millions of people from all over world will submit entries to have a chance at one of 50,000 diversity immigrant visas and obtain “green card” status in the US. Excluded from eligibility are natives of Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and Vietnam. That is because these are considered to be “high admission” nations, and the basis of Congress establishing the visa lottery statute was to provide immigration opportunities for individuals from other, […]

15 05, 2012

Common Questions Facing Applicants for U.S. Citizenship

By |2012-05-15T08:15:57-05:00May 15th, 2012|Categories: Citizenship / Naturalization and the N-400 Application, DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Family-Based Immigration Law|Tags: , |

Published: May 15, 2012 The requirements to become a U.S. citizen by way of an N-400 Application for Naturalization are generally not complicated, although situations frequently arise where significant questions regarding an applicant’s eligibility are raised. General Requirements for Naturalization: 1. The applicant must be at least 18 years of age and a lawful permanent resident for 5 years. For those who are married to a U.S. citizen, the requirement is only 3 years or residence, although the applicant must have been married to and living with that U.S. citizen spouse for at least 3 years to qualify for this shortened […]

12 04, 2012

H-1B Work Visa Availability, Heavy Demand Since April 1

By |2012-04-12T14:07:18-05:00April 12th, 2012|Categories: Employment-Based Immigration Law, Immigration and PERM / Labor Certification, Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Workers / H-1B|Tags: , , , , , |

Published: April 12, 2012 For most government agencies, including Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), fiscal year 2013 starts on October 1, 2012. Starting on that date, U.S. employers are able to benefit from a new crop of foreign workers who are issued H-1B work visas. As early as April 1, 2012, interested employers and foreign workers have had an opportunity to start the process of accessing the annual supply of 85,000 visas – with 65,000 visas in the general supply and 20,000 reserved for U.S. graduate school degree holders – with workers then becoming eligible to commence […]

23 10, 2011

UPDATE: H-1B Work Visa Availability

By |2011-10-23T13:23:00-05:00October 23rd, 2011|Categories: Employment-Based Immigration Law, Immigrant Health Care Workers in the U.S., Immigration and PERM / Labor Certification|Tags: , , |

Published:  October 23, 2011 For most government agencies, including Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), fiscal year 2012 starts on October 1, 2011.  Starting on that date, U.S. employers are able to benefit from a new crop of foreign workers who are issued H-1B work visas.  As early as April 1, 2011, interested employers and foreign workers have had an opportunity to start the process of accessing the annual supply of 85,000 visas – with 65,000 visas in the general supply and 20,000 reserved for U.S. graduate school degree holders – with workers then becoming eligible to commence […]

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