Green Cards Without Expiration Dates Should be Renewed

In 2007, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) presented a proposal to eliminate hundreds of thousands of green cards issued years ago without expiration dates. Although the proposal was never implemented into law, the last seven years have seen a concerted push for immigration officers to strongly advise travelers to renew green cards without expiration […]

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Unannounced Workplace Site Inspections Expanded to Include L-1 Employers

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Fraud Detection and National Security division has announced it is expanding unannounced workplace site inspections to include employers of L-1 intra-company transfers. Previously reserved only for companies that employed H-1B workers, this expansion of the program to include the L-1 category means that any company that employs […]

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Becoming a U.S. Citizen Carries Numerous Advantages

The laws of the Constitution grant rights to both citizens and non-citizens who reside within the United States. However, becoming a U.S. citizen carries with it several benefits unavailable to non-citizens. According to the United States Custom and Immigration Services’ Guide to Naturalization, the following are some of the advantages of becoming a citizen: Voting […]

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Canadian Border Services Agency Announces NEXUS Kiosk Changes

On April 7, 2014, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced that NEXUS kiosks currently available in the U.S. pre-clearance areas at Canadian airports are being replaced with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Global Entry (GE) kiosks. Global Entry is a U.S. domestic trusted traveler program that offers expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk members. […]

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers are Dedicated to Keeping Us Safe

Frequently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is thought of as the authority that just allows people to enter the U.S. and depart upon the conclusion of their authorized stay. While the screening of nearly one million people for entry every day is one of their key functions, many people are unaware of the other vital […]

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Need for H-1B Visa Lottery Reignites Call for Immigration Reform

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that once again an H-1B visa lottery must be held to determine which H-1B cap-subject petitions filed for prospective H-1B workers will make it to the adjudication phase. USCIS confirms that on the first day it can count petitions, they received more than enough to reach the […]

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Taking a Closer Look at Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas

The Department of State has jurisdiction over the issuance of both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. While most people are familiar with what the visa looks like, many don’t really understand the information it contains. The Department of State has a nice graphic on its website that is intended to show people how to read and […]

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H-1B Petitions are in the Hands of USCIS … So Now What?

These last few weeks of “H-1B season” have been a particularly busy time for immigration practitioners. As of Tuesday, April 1, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting H-1B petitions for the 2015 fiscal year. Under a law that hasn’t been touched by Congress in years, there are only 65,000 new slots available for […]

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Resident Nonimmigrant Population Report Provides Interesting Data

The Department of Homeland Security recently released a report on the size and characteristics of the resident nonimmigrant population in the United States on Jan. 1, 2012. Resident nonimmigrant refers to foreign nationals who are legally admitted into the U.S. for specific, temporary services and with a residency class of admission. The characteristics analyzed include […]

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Visa Fraud and Abuse Can Have Serious Consequences

Many employers who hire foreign nationals to work in the U.S. sat up and took notice when Infosys, the giant Indian technology outsourcing company, agreed to pay $34 million in a civil settlement in 2013. The New York Times, among other media outlets, reported that after a two-year investigation, federal prosecutors in Texas found Infosys had […]

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