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Changes in Reconciliation Package Affect Immigration Relief

As Congress works to get a $1.75 trillion social spending framework approved by Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, the immigration reform is creating a roadblock. The initial proposal created a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigr… Read More
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DHS Issues new Memorandum on Guidelines for Enforcement Actions in or Near Protected Areas

On October 27, 2021 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a memorandum on new guidelines to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The memorandum discussed guidelines on how to enforc… Read More
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Biden Enforces Vaccination Requirement for Travel and Rescinds Country-by-Country Ban

President Biden released a Presidential Proclamation, “Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic” on October 25, 2021. In this proclamation President Biden states, “I have determined that it is in t… Read More
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US Obligation to Afghan Refugees

The United States completed the withdrawal of all US forces from Afghanistan on August 31, 2021. The Taliban has since seized control over the Afghan government. Now the US must face the question of what to do now. There are thousands of Afghan refug… Read More
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Categories: Immigration News

November 2021 Visa Bulletin Update

November Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the November 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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Check-in with Charlie Oppenheim October 2021

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 an analysis of current… Read More
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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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Categories: Immigration News

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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About Attorney Sivaraman

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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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