Category: Updates

Immigration updates from the government.

Big Updates from the August 2013 Visa Bulletin

The latest Visa Bulletin released by the State Department brings good news for spouses and children of permanent residents and some EB-2 Indian nationals. Originally shared by +Loke Walsh Immigration Law August 2013 Visa Bulletin Is Out – With BIG

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August 2013 Visa Bulletin Is Out – With BIG Developments!

The State Department released the August 2013 Visa Bulletin with some great news! If you're an Indian national with an I-140 priority date of January 1, 2008 or earlier, you can apply for an immigrant visa (or adjust your status

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U.S. Embassy in Cairo Closed on Wednesday, July 10

Due to ongoing public demonstrations, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo will be closed to the public and all consular services will be suspended on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. On Wednesday, July 10, the U.S. Embassy will be closed to the

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USCIS Updates DACA Website: Travel Requirements & Restrictions 

USCIS updated the Travel Requirements and Restrictions section of its "Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Process" website. The update includes the acceptable travel reasons (travel for vacation purposes is NOT acceptable) as well as when and where

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DHS Issues Guidance on DOMA Ruling

DHS Sec. Janet Napolitano directs the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to implement last week's historic Supreme Court ruling and, effective immediately, "review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those

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E-Verify Update: Direct Employee Notification

Providing an email address when filling out Form I-9 is optional. However, employees who do so, can benefit from this latest E-Verify update. "Currently, if there is a record mismatch that needs to be resolved before the employee can be

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USCIS Updates Naturalization Certificates

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins issuing redesigned naturalization certificates, which feature enhanced security features. "The replacement certificates incorporate state-of-the-art technology to help deter counterfeiting, prevent tampering, and facilitate quick and accurate authentication. Additionally, USCIS employs a new

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced at the annual American Immigration Lawyers Association conference in San Francisco that USCIS will start implementing the Supreme Court decision. Originally shared by +Loke Walsh Immigration Law Supreme Court Decision Striking Down DOMA Creates a

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SC Decision Striking Down DOMA Creates a Green Card Path for Bi-National Same-Sex Spouses

In a historic decision today, the Supreme Court overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied federal benefits to lawfully wedded same-sex couples. The court declined to rule on the merits of California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay

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July 2013 Visa Bulletin Is Out

 • EB-3 cut-off dates advance across the board — ranging from 1 week to 4 months (including CHINA – mainland born).  • EB-2 for mainland China also moved forward by 3 weeks, while still no movement for EB-2 India —

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