Category: Updates

Immigration updates from the government.

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

USCIS Introduces Form I-9 Webinar On-Demand

On September 25, 2014, USCIS published the first Form I-9 Webinar On-Demand. Now you can watch the free Form I-9 webinar at any time. Choose the chapters of your choice or watch the entire 22 minute video in one sitting.

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14 Ports of Entry Designated for Optimized Processing of First-Time Canadian TN & L-1 Applicants

Beginning in mid-September, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is optimizing processing for first-time Canadian TN and L applicants seeking entry into the United States under NAFTA. CBP has designated ports of entry that will ensure a more efficient approach

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October 2014 Visa Bulletin Is Out: EB-2 India Retrogression Anticipated

The State Department released the October Visa Bulletin. EB-3 (excluding India and mainland China) advances by 6 months, while EB-3 mainland China advances by 5 months. The State Department also notes that: INDIA Employment-based Second Preference: Increased demand will require

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Special Ebola Outbreak-Related Immigration Relief Measures

USCIS offers special immigration relief to Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, who are currently in the United States, in connection with the Ebola Outbreak. Immigration relief measures that may be available if requested include: • Change or extension

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UPDATE: DOS and CBP Issue Procedures to Facilitate Travel for Visa Applicants Affected by CCD Outages

Following the global systems-wide “crash” of the State Department’s (DOS) Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) (a system critical to visa issuance operations), there have been widespread delays in nonimmigrant visa issuance worldwide. As a result, in conjunction with the DOS, U.S.

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Update on the Passport and Visa System Technical Problems

The Department of State (DOS) Bureau of Consular Affairs has been experiencing technical problems with its passport/visa system since July 19th. This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. This systems

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July 2014 Visa Bulletin Is Out: EB-2 India Takes the Spotlight

Today, the State Department released the July Visa Bulletin, which brings good news for EB-2 India.  After 6 months of inactivity, cut-off dates for EB-2 India advanced by over 3.5 years, from November 15, 2004 to September 1, 2008.  #immigrationupdates

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Visa Processing in Canada for Third Country Nationals (TCN) "Extremely Limited"

The Department of State (DOS) has advised that due to increasingly heavy demand by Canada-based visa applicants, the seven U.S. consulates/embassy in Canada are extremely limited in their ability to accept TCN cases during the peak demand period of June,

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June 2014 Visa Bulletin Is Out: Where do we begin??

The June 2014 visa bulletin brings some very bad news for both Family-Based (FB) and Employment-Based (EB) categories. If there’s an award for “The Worst Visa Bulletin,” the June 2014 visa bulletin could easily steal the top spot. (Sigh). The

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