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USCIS Released Updated Processing Times

USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) released updated processing time reports on October 18, 2016. The updated processing time reports include processing dates as of August 31, 2016. Processing times are included for the Califor… Read More
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Categories: Forms, H-1B, Immigration News

Diversity Visa Lottery Update

The lottery is a yearly process which issues 50,000 green cards to people from certain countries. Further, these countries have historically low immigration rates to the U.S. Moreover, almost all individuals who have completed the equivalent of a U.S… Read More
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Categories: Immigration News

First-time Third-country H-1B Applicants May Now Apply in Vancouver

The Department of State and The U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver, Canada has confirmed that it will now accept applications filed by third-country foreign nationals apply for their first H-1B visa. This applies even if the application is based on… Read More
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Categories: H-1B, Immigration News

Final PERM Regulation Implementation "Highly Unlikely" Before End of Obama's Term

At the Department of Labor (DOL) stakeholder meeting on September 12, 2016, the acting Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) Administrator William Thomspon gave an update on the status of the Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) moderni… Read More
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Categories: Immigration News

New Rule for Business Immigration Takes Step Toward Welcoming Entrepreneurs

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed a rule on immigrant entrepreneurship. The president of American Immigration Lawyers Association, (AILA) Bill Stock, stated that this is a “welcome step, as we saw countless missed… Read More
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Categories: Immigration News

November 2016 Visa Bulletin Published

The Visa Bulletin has been released by the U.S. Department of State for November 2016. View the November Visa Bulletin here. The visa bulletin is published monthly, usually about 2 weeks in advance of the next month. The dates listed in the bulletin… Read More
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Civil Documents Required for Visa Processing

Immigrant visa and nonimmigrant visa applicants are required to submit or provide copies of certain civil documents as part of their visa application. These civil documents may include birth certificates, marriage certificates, and police records. If… Read More
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Categories: Forms, Immigration News

USCIS Releases Updated Processing Times

USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) released updated processing time reports dated September 15, 2016, with processing dates as of July 31, 2016, for the California Service Center (CSC), the Nebraska Service Center (NSC), the T… Read More
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Categories: Immigration News

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Offers Free Webinars on E-Verify

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offers free on-demand webinars on E-Verify for employees and employers. E-Verify compares information from an employee’s Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 to data from U.S. government records… Read More
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Categories: Immigration News

U.S. Department of State Publishes October Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the October 2016 Visa Bulletin. View the October Visa Bulletin with immigrant numbers for April 2016. 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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