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Blog Posts in 2016

New Final Rule Released: I-140 Priority Date Retention, Issuance of EAD, and Job Portability

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released the Final Rule for the “Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant ...
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Temporary Protected Status Extended for Nepal

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Nepal. The extension is for an additional 18 months, effective December 25, ...
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Arrested for a DWI in Dallas Over Labor Day?

During Labor Day weekend, the number of police officers on patrol significantly increases on the streets of Dallas. In many cases, officers are on the hunt for drivers who are driving unlawfully, ...
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Legal Status Extension Allowed and Extended for Syrians

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, has redesignated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and extended their existing TPS status from October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2018. This ...
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ICE Prioritizes DWI Policies

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has prioritized DWI regulation per policy. More and more individuals that have been arrested for DWI will be held by ICE without bond. In addition, ...
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Tie Vote By Supreme Court Blocks President's Immigration Plan

This morning a tie vote by the supreme court blocks president Obama’s expanded immigration plan for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for the Parents of Americans ...
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Temporary Protected Status Extended for Honduras & Nicaragua

Effective July 6, 2016, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months for eligible nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua. ...
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Uncontested and Contested Divorces: What are the Differences?

Regardless of the reasons that you and your spouse are pursuing a divorce, sometimes splitting up really is the best way to have a happy ending. For many couples, however, the divorce process is not ...
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Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia Granted Extended Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security will be extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the Sierra Lone, Liberia, and Guinea another six additional months. There are still some fears over the ...
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H-1B Cap Reached for 2017 Fiscal Year

The cap for issuing H-1B Visas is 65, 000 per fiscal year. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just reported that the cap for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 has been reached. ...
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F-1 STEM Based OPT Extended up to 3 Years

Recently the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amended their existing regulations with regards to F-1 nonimmigrant student visas. Typically these visas allow students who have degrees in science, ...
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DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Sudan

As of January 25, 2016, Sudan's designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, for an additional 18 months. This is due to ...
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U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up President Obama's Migrant Plan

Back in November of 2014, President Barack Obama announced his plan, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). He has stated that he wants to use his ...
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Requirements for U-Visa

In the U.S., there are provisions for illegal immigrants who have been the victim of a crime but who wish to stay in the United States. By applying for a U-Visa, the immigrant can be free from ...
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