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Reciprocity Table November Updates

The Department of State has updated the reciprocity tables for several countries throughout 2021. Most recently the Department of State updated the accepted Birth Certificate and Travel Documents for Guatemala and the accepted General Documents, Birt… Read More
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December 2021 Visa Bulletin Updates

December Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the December 2021 Visa Bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs There are a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) a… Read More
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USCIS Plans to Open New Lockbox Facility

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to open a new lockbox facility in Elgin, Illinois next year. This will expand its lockbox capability in processing cases. In order to prepare the for the adjustment, USCIS shifted filing locatio… Read More
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USCIS Settlement Affects Work Authorization Adjudication for Nonimmigrant Spouses

Spouses of H-1B and L-1 visa beneficiaries have been disproportionately affected by the USCIS processing delays for work authorization. This has caused several H-4 and L-2 beneficiaries to lose their jobs, harming not only the foreign national, but U… Read More
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Reciprocity Table Updates 2021

The Department of State has updated the reciprocity tables for several countries throughout 2021. Below is a link to a table listing the updates per country and civil documents updated throughout the year. Reciprocity Table Updates For More Informati… Read More
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Categories: Immigration News

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against USCIS and DHS

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and its member lawyers filed a class action lawsuit on November, 9 2021 challenging the huge USCIS processing delays on work permits. The lawsuit consists of 49 individual and organizational plainti… Read More
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Presidential Determination Released on Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs

On October 22, 2021 the President released a new Presidential Determination regarding the current “Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs.” In this determination the President declared it is in the “national interest to furni… Read More
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Categories: Immigration News

DHS Explains Termination of Migrant Protection Protocols

Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas released a memorandum on October 29, 2021 announcing and explaining the immediate termination of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. The implantation of the MPP termination will be execut… Read More
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Categories: Immigration News

24 New Judges Appointed to Board of Immigration Appeals

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced on October 27, 2021 that 24 new Immigration Judges will join the Board of Immigration Appeals. Four of the new judges are Assistant Chief Immigration Judges and two are Unit Chief Immigrati… Read More
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Categories: Immigration News

Federal Jury Determines Immigrant Detainees Deserve Minimum Wage

On Wednesday, October 27, 2021 a federal jury determined that the GEO Group must pay minimum wage to immigration detainees who work in the detention center in Washington State. The GEO Group was paying the immigration detainees who preformed tasks su… Read More
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Categories: Immigration News

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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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