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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services changes they calculate unlawful presence for students and exchange visitors

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today posted a policy memorandum changing how the agency will calculate unlawful presence for students and exchange visitors in F, J, and M nonimmigrant status, including F-2, J-2, or M-2 dependents, who fail to maintain their status in the United States. This policy aligns with President Trump’s Executive Order: Enhancing…

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December 2017 Visa Bulletin

The visa bulletin for December 2017 has been published by the Department of State. The bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant visa numbers in employment-based and family-sponsored visa categories, as well as diversity immigrant visa categories. Visit the visa bulletin for December 2017.

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Update on President Trump’s Travel Ban (6/29/17)

Update on President Trump’s Travel Ban (6/29/17) President Trump’s ban on travel has been further defined to clarify who will be affected and who is exempt based on “a close U.S. family relationship or formal ties to a U.S. entity.”

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Revised I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form

Revised I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form USCIS has published a new version of Form I-9 with a revision date of 07/17/2017. Employers may continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/2016 through September 17, 2017. To view or download the new I-9 form, visit the USCIS website at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9.

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August 2017 Visa Bulletin

August 2017 Visa Bulletin The visa bulletin for August 2017 has been published by the Department of State. The bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant visa numbers in employment-based and family-sponsored visa categories, as well as diversity immigrant visa categories. Visit the visa bulletin for August 2017.

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Reinstatement of Premium Processing Service Expanded

Reinstatement of Premium Processing Service Expanded Premium processing requests, which allow for swifter adjudication of certain types of petitions granting immigration benefits in employment-sponsored cases, were suspended at the end of March 2017. USCIS announced in June that it would accept premium processing requests for employment-sponsored petitions for certain medical doctors. Premium processing service has now…

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New USCIS Field Office Director

New USCIS Field Office Director Cindy Lembarra has announced that she has accepted a new position as the Field Office Director in the Portland  Maine Field Office of USCIS. We are delighted to continue working with Ms. Lembarra in this new capacity.  She is knowledgeable, responsive, and compassionate. This appointment is very good news for…

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Advisory on DACA Recission

Advisory on DACA Recission The Trump administration announced earlier this week that it has rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects certain young people brought to the US as children from deportation or removal. For important information and deadline notifications, read the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project advisory.

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September 2017 Visa Bulletin

September 2017 Visa Bulletin The visa bulletin for September 2017 has been published by the Department of State. The bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant visa numbers in employment-based and family-sponsored visa categories, as well as diversity immigrant visa categories. Visit the visa bulletin for September 2017.

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October 2017 Visa Bulletin

October 2017 Visa Bulletin The visa bulletin for October 2017 has been published by the Department of State. The bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant visa numbers in employment-based and family-sponsored visa categories, as well as diversity immigrant visa categories. Visit the visa bulletin for October 2017.

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