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Tag Archives: Immigration

“Public Access File” Requirement for H-1B Employers

In a procedure designed to “protect” American workers from the inappropriate hiring and treatment of foreign workers, H-1B employers are required to maintain a file, referred to as the “public access file.” It is to be made available for public inspection, most commonly by the US Department of Labor or US Citizenship and Immigration Services […]

STATE DEPARTMENT ANTICIPATES FORWARD VISA NUMBER MOVEMENT IN SOME EMPLOYMENT-BASED IMMIGRATION CATEGORIES

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for February 2015 notes that movement is possible in some employment-based categories in the coming months. In the employment-based “Worldwide” third preference category, the Visa Office expects rapid forward movement “for at least another month or two.” The bulletin notes that rapid movement in recent months is expected to […]

State Department No Longer Requires Original Documents for Consular Processing!

A State Department memorandum announces that the National Visa Center (NVC) will cease collecting original civil documents in support of immigrant visa (IV) applications as of November 12, 2014. Most applicants will be required to submit photocopies of supporting documents (such as birth, marriage, and police certificates) and will be instructed to take their original documents to […]

USCIS Updates DACA FAQs

Around 2 years ago, many young people applied for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA), the relief President Obama enacted to assist young people brought to the U.S. long ago.  USCIS has recently updated its website containing their “Frequently Asked Questions” about DACA.   This is in addition to the CIS website on how to […]

Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush both took bold “executive action” on immigration

Congressional Republicans are outraged that President Obama may take “executive action” on immigration reform after the mid-term elections—perhaps by deferring deportations and providing work authorization to millions of unauthorized immigrants with strong family ties to the United States. However, past Republican presidents have not been shy to use the White House’s power to retool immigration […]

Joe Biden Promises Obama Will Act on Immigration

A CBS News article details how President Obama is “absolutely committed to moving forward” with comprehensive immigration reform, Vice President Joe Biden told a frustrated group of Hispanic leaders Monday.

Approved H-1Bs With October 1st Start Date May Apply for Visas Now

Beneficiaries of approved H-1B petitions with an October 1, 2014 start date may now begin filing their visa applications at U.S. consular posts. According to a State Department regulation: “Posts are authorized to accept H visa petitions and issue visas to qualified applicants up to 90 days in advance of applicants’ beginning of employment status. […]

What to Do If You Cannot Get a Birth Certificate

SECONDARY EVIDENCE IN LIEU OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE Review  the State Department’s website for  more information about acceptable birth certificates from your country of birth: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/fees/reciprocity-by-country.html .  A birth certificate must show the following information: full name date of Birth both parents’ names the birth certificate must be the long-form, issued by the appropriate government agency, […]

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