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USCIS Marriage Green Card Interview Preparation Tips – I-130 / I-485 Applications

One of the most stressful times in a marriage green card process is the final marriage green card interview. This is the opportunity for a USCIS adjudicator to question the spouses about the good faith nature of their marriage to make sure there is no marriage fraud (e.g., getting married solely for a green card)….

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H1B Premium Processing Suspended by USCIS as of April 3, 2017

The USCIS has announced that effective April 3, 2017, H1B premium processing for I129 petitions will be suspended for perhaps 6 months. Notably, this suspension of I-907 premium processing requests will apply to ALL new H1B cap petitions filed for fiscal year 2018, including both regular cap and the master’s degree exemption cap. As a…

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President Trump Issues Revised Immigration Executive Order

BREAKING NEWS – PRESIDENT TRUMP ISSUES REVISED IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ORDER ON TRAVEL BAN This morning, March 6th, 2017, President Trump has issued a revised Immigration Executive Order amending his previous travel ban from certain predominantly Muslim countries. A copy of the text of the revised immigration executive order can be found here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/06/executive-order-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states The text…

What the Olympics Should Teach Us About Immigration Law Reform And Attitudes
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What the Olympics Should Teach Us About Immigration Law Reform And Attitudes

The Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil have now completed their first weekend of inspired and dramatic competition. This year’s Olympic games feature 11,000 athletes from 206 nations, including for the first time ever, athletes competing under the Olympic Flag as refugees from countries experiencing tremendous strife. At a time when immigration attitudes and immigration law…

WHEN THE WORK AND PLAY ABROAD ENDS:  US EXPAT FAMILY IMMIGRATION CONSIDERATIONS WHEN MOVING BACK TO THE UNITED STATES
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WHEN THE WORK AND PLAY ABROAD ENDS: US EXPAT FAMILY IMMIGRATION CONSIDERATIONS WHEN MOVING BACK TO THE UNITED STATES

In this interconnected world, many US expats find themselves working or studying or “playing” abroad for lengthy periods of time… in Europe, Asia, South America and many other places. A US expat might move abroad for a temporary period of time for love, for employment, or just to experience a new culture. In many of…

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Travel Issues Within Europe’s Schengen Region for American Expats

The US Embassy in Poland reminded American expats this week to always carry current proof of legal immigration status, and a current valid passport, when travelling throughout Europe, including within the Schengen region. The refugee crisis has resulted in the re-imposition of border controls and inspections in many European countries, and policies have been changing on…

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The Biggest Reason We Need Comprehensive Immigration Reform? Saving lives from human smugglers.

A glance at any major news site in the last year, and especially in the last few weeks, and it is impossible not to notice the massive migration of immigrants around the world of a historical magnitude. With the tremendous influx of refugees into Europe from war torn and impoverished regions of Africa, Syria, Afghanistan and…

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Major Adjustment of Status Filing Rule Change With October Visa Bulletin

The USCIS, in conjunction with the Department of State, announced on September 9, 2015 a major change regarding the timing of filing adjustment of status applications, or submitting immigrant visa application documents, for beneficiaries of pending family or employment based immigrant visa petitions. This is in response to a previous directive from President Obama and…