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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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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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Presidential Proclamation…

Presidential Proclamation 10014 Revoked

On Wednesday, February 24, President Biden rescinded the Presidential Proclamation 10014. This proclamation nearly stopped all legal immigration to the United States since April 22, 2020. It separated hundreds of thousands of families and severely di… Read More
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Biometrics Appointment Sc…

Biometrics Appointment Scheduling Delays

Applicants for various immigration benefits including employment authorization documents (EADs), advance parole (AP), adjustment of status, and naturalization are required to appear at an in-person appointment at an Application Support Center (ASC) t… Read More
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August Check-in with Char…

August Check-in with 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 an analysis of current… Read More
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USCIS Prepares to Resume…

USCIS Prepares to Resume Services on June 4

USCIS recently announced that it is preparing to reopen and resume non-emergency face-to-face services in some offices on or after June 4, 2020. This follows the agency’s decision to suspend routine in-person services at its field offices, asyl… Read More
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S.3599: The Healthcare Wo…

S.3599: The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act

What is the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act? The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act, or S.3599, is a bipartisan bill introduced on May 5, 2020, by Senators Purdue (R-GA), Young (R-IN), Cornyn (R-TX), Durbin (D-IL), Coons (D-DE), and Leahy (D-VT)… 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 an analysis of current… 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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