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State Department announces Collaboration with Welcome.US

The State Department is partnering with Welcome.US, a non-profit, non-partisan initiative of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), to encourage continued support from private and public sectors alike. On September 3rd, the State Department issued… Read More
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October 2021 Visa Bulletin Update

October Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the October 2021 Visa Bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs There are a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) ava… Read More
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USCIS Extends Evidence of Status for Conditional Permanent Residents with Pending Cases

Effective as of September 4, 2021, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) extended the time period from 18 month to 24 months for petitioners filing the Form I-752 and I-829 to use receipt notices as evidence of status. This exten… Read More
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Department of State Releases Update on how Immigrant Visas are Prioritized

Covid-19 has forced the Department of State (DOS) to make difficult decisions in how embassies and consulates prioritize immigrant visa applications. Congress gave the DOS directive on prioritizing immediate relative visa applications and K-1 fiancé… Read More
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COVID-19 Strains on Mississippi Health Care System Reflect the Consequences of the U.S. Physician Shortage

According to a report in the New York Times, the spike in coronavirus cases across the country has exposed the struggles of the U.S. healthcare system, particularly in Mississippi. Not only is Mississippi short on hospital beds for patients, but the… Read More
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CDC Requires COVID-19 Vaccination for Immigrant Medical Examination

Overview: The World Health Organization has declared the Covid-19 pandemic to be a public health emergency of international concern. The CDC defines Covid-19 as a quarantinable communicable disease and a severe acute respiratory syndrome, thus making… Read More
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September 2021 Visa Bulletin Updates

September Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the upcoming September 2021 Visa Bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs There are a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green… Read More
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USCIS Temporarily Extends Validity Period for I-693 Form

Beginning August 12, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is temporarily extending the validity period for the Medical Examination and Vaccination Record forms, known as the I-693 Form. Previously, this form was valid for only two… Read More
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Senate Democrats propose budget resolution, opening up pathways to citizenship

The Senate is currently working to pass a budget resolution that spans several sweeping legislation reforms. One of the new reforms proposed is a pathway to citizenship for certain undocumented immigrants. These immigrants are TPS recipients, Dreamer… Read More
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Department of State Proposes New Rule to Allow Online Passport Renewals

Current Passport Renewal System: The current system for passport renewal is a mail-in application form. This application is then processed through the Lockbox. The Lockbox captures photo images and processes fees and application data. After it has co… 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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