SEVP Modifies Temporary Exemptions for Nonimmigrant Students Taking Online Classes in Fall 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools are choosing to continue with strictly online learning only for the upcoming 2020 fall semester. As a result, thousands of international students may be required to return back to their native countries to do their online schooling instead of being able to stay within the United States. […]

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USCIS Rescinds Policy Memos that Increased Denials for H-1B Visas

On May 20, 2020, USCIS agreed to a settlement with ITServe Alliance that overturned policies restricting employers and H-1B visa holders. Within this settlement exists an agreement to withdraw two policy memoranda as well as a new policy memo to take their place. The two previous policy memoranda consisted of: Determining Employer-Employee Relationship for Adjudication […]

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Supreme Court Rules Against Ending DACA Program

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was created in 2012 to provide temporary protection from deportation to qualified individuals who were brought to the United States illegally as children. Known as “Dreamers,” these individuals could work legally and apply for college loans if they met certain requirements and passed a background check. However, […]

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What are Employment Based Immigration Visas?

Each fiscal year, there are about 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas made available to individuals who are qualified under the provisions of U.S. immigration law. These visas are divided into five preference categories. Continue reading below to learn more. Employment First Preference (E1): Priority Worker and Persons of Extraordinary Ability There are three sub-groups within this […]

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USCIS Offices Preparing to Resume Public Services on June 4

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended routine in-person services on March 18, 2020. During this time, they continued to provide limited emergency services. However, USCIS is preparing to open some domestic offices and resume non-emergency public services on or after June 4. With this ahead, it is important […]

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What is a Bar Waiver?

Individuals who were in the United States illegally and had to leave the country may be denied reentry. When this happens, they may be barred upon return. In these situations, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New York immigration attorney to provide assistance.  What are 3 & 10-Year Bars? When a […]

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Military Personnel and Veterans Can Now File Their Naturalization Application

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service announced that U.S. service members and veterans are now able to file the Form N-400, also known as the Application for Naturalization online. Through online filing, individuals are able to submit forms electronically, check the status of their case, and receive notices from USCIS. Regardless of the method, […]

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