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Could Medicare Enrollment Affect Your Green Card Application?

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When applying for legal permanent residency a “public charge” is an intending immigrant who is expected to primarily subsist off public cash assistance. These individuals are often denied green cards when they apply for residency, but the definition of a public charge could soon change. A proposal from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) … Continue reading

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USCIS Increases I-907 Premium Processing Filing Fee on October 1, 2018

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On October 1, 2018, USCIS increased the I-907 premium processing service filing fee to $1,410 from $1,225. USCIS also released a new Form I-907 (10/01/18 edition). The old version of Form I-907 (06/26/18 edition) can be filed until 12/02/2018. Premium Processing Service provides expedited processing for certain employment-based I-129 (Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker) and … Continue reading

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Extended Conditional Residence Validity Times for Removal of Conditions Petitioners

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The USCIS has announced exciting news for Conditional Permanent Residents seeking to remove conditions on their conditional legal permanent residence. Starting June 11, 2018, USCIS will begin to issue receipt notices extending conditional residence for 18 months instead of 12 months due to increased processing times for Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence and Form … Continue reading

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Rapid H1B Approvals from the 2019 Cap

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On May 7, 2018 our office received the first H1B approval for the 2019 cap. Since that time, we have received numerous approvals for the H1B’s that were submitted on April 1, 2018. While we have only received approvals for a portion of the cases we have submitted, we are delighted to see how quickly … Continue reading

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Can a Small Start-up Sponsor an H-1B? Strategies for H-1B Approvals for Start-ups

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With H-1B season fast approaching, we are beginning to receive inquiries from small start-ups asking if they can qualify as H-1B sponsors for their employees. The short answer is “Yes,” with the caveat that a start-up-based H-1B case has additional issues to consider when compared to an H-1B case for a larger, more established company. … Continue reading

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