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USCIS Plans to Revise Nat…

USCIS Plans to Revise Naturalization Test

USCIS recently announced a plan to revise the current naturalization test. In late 2018, USCIS formed a naturalization test revision working group who has since been reviewing and updating the naturalization test questions. This working group will al… Read More
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Check-in with DOS's Charl…

Check-in with DOS's Charlie Oppenheim

AILA’s Department of State (DOS) Liaison Committee checks in each month with Charlie Oppenheim, the Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at DOS for updates about Visa Bulletin progress. Oppenheim also provides analysis of current… Read More
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New Prevailing Wage Data

New Prevailing Wage Data

On July 1, 2019, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) published updated prevailing wage data for July 2019 – July 2020. Prevailing wage determinations from the National Prevailing Wage Center will reflect this new data. There are tw… Read More
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When to File AOS Applicat…

When to File AOS Applications: August 2019

How to Adjust Your Status If you want to adjust your status to become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based visa, you must first have a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf. Then, USCIS… Read More
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Revised Form I-539 Change…

Revised Form I-539 Changes

In March 2019, USCIS published new editions of Forms I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status and I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status with edition dates of February 4, 2019. USCIS also… Read More
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August 2019 Visa Bulletin

August Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the August 2019 Visa Bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs There are a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) available each… Read More
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Categories: Visa Bulletin
July 2019 Visa Bulletin

July 2019 Visa Bulletin

July Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the July 2019 visa bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs There are a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) available each yea… Read More
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Categories: Visa Bulletin
USCIS To Close Internatio…

USCIS To Close International Offices

USCIS plans to close all of its international field offices by March 10, 2020. USCIS already closed the Ciudad Juarez Field Office in Mexico and the Manila Field Office in the Philippines, and plans to take a staggered approach with the remainder of… Read More
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Proposed H-1B Registratio…

Proposed H-1B Registration Fee Regulation Pending Review at OMB

On May 22, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its Spring 2019 Fall Unified Agenda of Regulatory and De-regulatory Actions. This list is a public overview of anticipated federal regulatory actions. It is important to note that t… Read More
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Categories: H-1B
New Zealand Nationals Now…

New Zealand Nationals Now Eligible for E-1 & E-2

Starting last Monday, June 10, 2019, USCIS announced that New Zealand nationals can request a change of status to the E-1 nonimmigrant trader classification and E-2 nonimmigrant investor classification. E-1 status allows citizens of specific countrie… Read More
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Sivaraman Immigration Law’s founder, Heather Sivaraman, brings an exceptional level of initiative, creativity and dedication to the practice of Immigration Law. A 2008 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, she is an active… Read More
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Jing Huang, Associate Attorney, holds a Master’s degree in Law from University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from China Women’s University. Prior to joining Sivaraman Immigration Law, Jing worked as an attorney in China s… Read More

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