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USCIS Released Updated Processing Times

USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) released updated processing time reports on February 21, 2017. The updated processing times include processing dates as of December 31, 2016. Processing times are included for the California… Read More
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New Rural Health Information Maps

The Rural Health Information Hub has released a resource helpful for physicians attempting to locate J-1 waiver eligible employers. The map shows health professional shortage areas for primary care, as well as dental health and mental health. The res… Read More
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March 2017 Adjustment of Status Filing Dates

Use the following Visa Bulletin charts to determine when to file your application for adjustment of status. How do I use these charts? Find your visa type in the left-most column of the appropriate chart (family or employment based). Stay in that row… Read More
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New Handbook for Employers

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently posted an updated handbook for employers. The handbook also includes guidance on how to complete Form I-9. The full text can be found here. What is included? The book first details w… Read More
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March 2017 Visa Bulletin Published

The March 2017 Visa Bulletin has been released by the U.S. Department of State. View the March 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 are curren… Read More
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Employers Must Use Updated Form I-9

As of January 22, 2017, Employers must now use the updated Form I-9, dated 11/14/2016, according to USCIS. Form I-9 is the form for Employment Eligibility Verification. This form is used to verify identity and work eligibility of every new employee h… Read More
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February 2017 Visa Bulletin Published

The February 2017 Visa Bulletin has been released by the U.S. Department of State. View the February 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 are… Read More
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Original Signature No Longer Required for Affidavit of Support

The Department of State recently announced that an original signature, or “wet ink” signature, is no longer required on submitted Forms I-864, Affidavit of Support. This change also applies to the I-864A, I-864W, and I-864EZ. The National… Read More
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Physician J-1 Waiver Panel

Heather Sivaraman participated as a panelist on the “Nonimmigrant Visa Issues Panel.” This panel was also an event at the Physician Immigration Law Institute’s Advanced Issues for J-1 Physician Employers and Practitioners panel. The panel was h… Read More
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Upcoming E-Verify Webinars by USCIS

Click here to find the schedule for upcoming December 2016 webinars on E-Verify. There are webinar sessions available for both employees and employers. Customized webinars are also available. The link also provides information about how to register.… 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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