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Immigration updates from the government.

DHS Considers “Known Employer” Pilot Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is considering a “Known Employer” pilot program to streamline adjudication of certain types of employment-based immigration benefit requests filed by eligible U.S. employers. The program would ideally make adjudications more efficient and less costly,

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Text of White House Fact Sheet: Immigration Accountability Executive Action

  FACT SHEET: IMMIGRATION ACCOUNTABILITY EXECUTIVE ACTION The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will help secure the border, hold nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants accountable, and ensure that everyone plays by the same rules. Acting within his legal authority, the

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NVC No Longer Requires Original Supporting Documents

As of November 12, 2014, the National Visa Center (NVC), which is responsible for the collection of visa application fees and supporting documentation for immigrant visa petitions, no longer requires original civil documents (such as birth, marriage, and police certificates)

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U.S. & China Agree to Extend Visa Validity for Students and Visitors

Beginning November 12, 2014, the State Department will issue multiple-entry visas with extended validity period to qualified B category Chinese visitors, as well as Chinese students and exchange visitors and their dependents, who qualify for F, M & J visas.

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December 2014 Visa Bulletin Is Out: EB-3 Continues to Move Forward

The State Department has released the December Visa Bulletin. EB-3 (including Mexico and the Philippines) advanced by 5 months. EB-3 mainland China advanced by 6 months. Meanwhile, the cut-off date for EB-2 stays still at February 15, 2005 following a

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Security Enhancements to the Visa Waiver Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that beginning today, Visa Waiver Program (VWP) applicants will be required to provide additional information when applying through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). With the additional data requirement, DHS expects

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Policy Update: USCIS Includes Gestational Mothers Under the Definition of "Natural Mother"

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new policy to include gestational mothers, using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), under the definition of a “natural mother,” provided that she is also the legal mother at the time of birth.

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November 2014 Visa Bulletin Is Out: EB-2 India Retrogressed (As Anticipated)

The State Department has released the November Visa Bulletin. As noted last month, EB-2 India retrogressed due to heavy demand. The current EB-2 cut-off date is now February 15, 2005, retrogressing from May 1, 2009 (a total of over 4

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New E-Verify Tool for Employees

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduces myE-Verify, a new online tool which gives workers the ability to create and manage secure accounts when participating in the E-Verify program. It will be initially available in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi,

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CA Governor Signs SB 1159: Professional Licensure Eligibility

Over the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1159, which authorizes agencies to accept tax identification numbers (TIN) in lieu of social security numbers (SSN) from individuals applying for professional licensure, and prohibits the denial of licensure applications based on citizenship

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