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USCIS recently began transferring certain casework from the Vermont Service Center (VSC) to the California Service Center (CSC) and Nebraska Service Center (NSC) to balance workloads. The CSC will now process Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. How You Will…

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On December 18, 2015, the President signed into the law the omnibus Appropriations Bill for 2016. This Public Law 114-113, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (Act), became effective from December 18, 2015. Some of the immigration-related issues include: Business…

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USCIS offers immigration relief measures that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, such as the recent severe weather and flooding in areas of the Southern and Midwestern United States. The following measures may be available upon request: Change or…

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In the past we published articles (here, here and here) on new version of USCIS Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The employers must use the new Form I-9 beginning from May 7, 2013. The Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and…

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June 26, 2013. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), that has prevented legally married same-sex couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally…

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Newsletter Vol. XXIII, no. 9, June 5, 2013, Issue No. 1  In April, we published an article alerting readers to the fact that the EB-2 and EB-3 dates will slightly advance for May. Last month the U.S. State Department released the…

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Newsletter Vol. XXIII, no. 9, June 5, 2013, Issue No. 1  In December 2012, we published an article outlining different types of visa options for foreign-born entrepreneurs. Recently, USCIS announced the accomplishments of the innovative Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) initiative and the…

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The U.S. immigration law requires a non-citizen of the the U.S. to report a change of address within 10 days of such change. The data is used by USCIS for statistical and record purposes and may be furnished to Federal,…

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June 27, 2013. The U.S. Senate passed the immigration bill, the S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, popularly known as Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) bill, with a vote of 68-32. Earlier today, Senators voted 68-32…