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Our immigration blog brings you the latest trends, policy, and news in immigration.

  • Envoy Global Chosen as Finalist for ITA CityLIGHTS Awards

    Envoy Global Chosen as Finalist for ITA CityLIGHTS Awards

    Envoy Global, the technology leader in global immigration and workforce mobility, was recently selected as a finalist for the Illinois Technology Association’s 20th annual CityLIGHTS Awards.

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  • Form I-539 Is No Longer Eligible For "Courtesy" Premium Processing

    Form I-539 Is No Longer Eligible For "Courtesy" Premium Processing

    USCIS has indicated that will no longer offer courtesy premium processing to I-539 applications.

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  • Bipartisan Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act Passes House

    Bipartisan Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act Passes House

    The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act in a bipartisan manner.

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  • USCIS Seeks To Decrease Processing Times for N-400 and I-485

    USCIS Seeks To Decrease Processing Times for N-400 and I-485

    In an effort to decrease processing times for Form N-400 and Form I-485, USCIS is implementing an updated interview process for these applications.

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  • International Field Offices Will Stop Accepting Form I-407

    International Field Offices Will Stop Accepting Form I-407

    USCIS announced that starting July 1, international field offices will not accept Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status by mail or in person.

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  • New Zealand Nationals Eligible for E-1 and E-2 Nonimmigrant Classifications

    Starting June 10, 2019, certain New Zealand nationals can request a change of status to the E-1 nonimmigrant trader classification or the E-2 nonimmigrant investor classification.

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  • Cuccinelli Named Acting Director of USCIS

    June 10, 2019, marked the first day for the new head of USCIS acting director, Ken Cuccinelli.

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  • 3 Takeaways From Updated USCIS RFE Rates

    3 Takeaways From Updated USCIS RFE Rates

    After consulting with our affiliated law firm, GIA, we’ve identified three takeaways from the latest USCIS data release.

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  • USCIS Will Start Rejecting Form I-129 That Are Missing Name or Address

    USCIS Will Start Rejecting Form I-129 That Are Missing Name or Address

    USCIS will start rejecting Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker if the petitions don’t include the petitioner’s or applicant’s name and primary U.S. office address.

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  • USCIS Will Resume Premium Processing For Remaining Cap Subject Petitions on June 10

    USCIS Will Resume Premium Processing For Remaining Cap Subject Petitions on June 10

    USCIS announced it will resume premium processing for all remaining FY 2020 H-1B visa petitions.

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  • Visa Applicants Must Now Provide Social Media Information

    Visa Applicants Must Now Provide Social Media Information

    All visa applicants must now submit their social media usernames after a recent U.S. Department of State policy update.

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  • President Trump Unveils Immigration Plan Emphasizing High-Skilled Workers

    President Trump Unveils Immigration Plan Emphasizing High-Skilled Workers

    On May 16, 2019, President Donald Trump unveiled his plans to overhaul the U.S. immigration system.

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  • Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Issued, Enjoining USCIS Memo

    Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Issued, Enjoining USCIS Memo

    Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Issued, enjoining USCIS memo Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants.

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  • Petitions to Renew L-1 Nonimmigrant Visas No Longer Reviewed At Border

    Petitions to Renew L-1 Nonimmigrant Visas No Longer Reviewed At Border

    A new process is making it difficult for Canadian workers to renew their L-1 visa petitions at ports of entry.

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  • USCIS Reaches Advanced Degree Exemption Cap for FY 2020

    USCIS Reaches Advanced Degree Exemption Cap for FY 2020

    On Thurs., April 11, USCIS announced it has completed the selection process to select enough H-1B visa petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated master's cap of 20,000 petitions.

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  • USCIS Hits FY 2020 H-1B Regular Cap

    USCIS Hits FY 2020 H-1B Regular Cap

    On Friday, April 5, 2019, USCIS announced it has received enough H-1B visa petitions to hit the regular cap of 65,000 for fiscal year 2020.

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  • USCIS Announces Start of FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season and More Important Updates

    USCIS Announces Start of FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season and More Important Updates

    USCIS announced the start of fiscal year FY 2020 H-1B cap season and additional important updates.

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  • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Visa Petitions

    USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Visa Petitions

    USCIS announced that it will resume premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions effective March 12, 2019.

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  • Congress Requests Answers from USCIS

    Congress Requests Answers from USCIS

    Members of Congress are asking for answers from USCIS Director Lee Francis Cissna.

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  • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Select 2018 Petitions

    USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Select 2018 Petitions

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it would resume premium processing for select H-1B petitions.

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