Who Can Qualify for the EB-1 First Preference Visa?

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The EB-1 visa program allows highly skilled immigrants to become lawful permanent residents in the United States. These visas are available to immigrants who are outstanding researchers or professors, have extraordinary abilities, or are multinational managers or executives. In order to obtain an EB-1 visa, immigrants must provide extensive evidence to prove they meet the program’s strict eligibility requirements. If …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — Late February 2022

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H-1B Lottery Registration Starts March 1 The initial registration period for the FY 2023 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run until noon Eastern on March 18, 2022. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit your records using the online H-1B registration system. USCIS received a sufficient number …

Immigration News Update — Late-February 2022

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Biden Administration Considers TPS, Other Measures for Ukrainians; Advocacy Organizations Weigh In; Consular Services Suspended in Kyiv According to reports, the Biden administration is considering implementing protections for Ukrainians in the United States, as Russia invades Ukraine in a rapidly developing situation expected to result in many refugees and displaced persons. Such relief in the United States could include a …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — Late February 2022

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Biden Makes Public Charge Safe From Future Abuse The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on February 17, 2022, that it will issue a proposed rule soon that would regulate how DHS applies the public charge ground of inadmissibility. The proposed rule would provide “fair and humane treatment” for noncitizens requesting admission to the United States or applying for lawful …

Immigration News Update — Late-February 2022

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USCIS Urges Eligible Applicants to Switch Employment-Based Categories U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is encouraging eligible applicants to consider requesting to transfer the underlying basis of their adjustment of status applications to the first (priority workers) or second (noncitizens in professions with advanced degrees or with exceptional ability) employment-based preference categories. USCIS said this is because of the availability …

Immigration News Update — Mid-February 2022

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United States Once Again ‘Welcomes’ Immigrants: USCIS Announces New Mission Statement U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new mission statement after asking its employees to “submit words that they felt best illustrated the agency’s work.” The new mission statement reflects that feedback, along with Biden administration priorities and Director Ur Jaddou’s “vision for an inclusive and accessible agency,” …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — February 2022

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America COMPETES Act Passes in House On February 4, 2022, the House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Act of 2022 (H.R. 4521). The bill would exempt international science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) PhD graduates from the green card numerical cap, create a new visa category for entrepreneurs, and provide temporary protected status for Hong Kong residents. A conference …

Immigration News Update — February 2022

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International Entrepreneur Update: National Advocacy Groups Recommend Streamlining Parole Program; House Passes Bill To Create New Visa There have been several recent developments of interest to international entrepreneurs: National Advocacy Group Recommendations The Coalition for International Entrepreneurship, which consists of three dozen immigration and startup advocacy organizations and individuals, sent a letter on February 1, 2022, asking Department of Homeland …

Immigration News Update Newsletter — February 2022

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FY 2023 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens March 1 The initial registration period for the fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B cap will open at noon ET on March 1, 2022, and run through noon ET on March 18, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and …

Immigration News Update Newsletter Late December 2021

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Consular Officers Now Authorized to Waive Interviews for Certain Applicants! The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has authorized consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for certain temporary employment nonimmigrant visa applicants who have a petition approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The new authorization applies to temporary workers applying for H-1, …