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July Check-in with Charli…

July 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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North Carolina J-1 Visa W…

North Carolina J-1 Visa Waiver Program Releases New Guidelines for 2019

The North Carolina Office of Rural Health (ORH) is the government agency designated to implement the J-1 Visa waiver provision for foreign medical graduates. ORH recently released new guidelines for the J-1 visa waiver (“Conrad 30”) program. The… Read More
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DHS Announces Final Rule…

DHS Announces Final Rule for H-1B Visa

What is the new rule? Today, the Department of Homeland Security posted a final rule that will alter regulations regarding H-1B petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption. This new rule reverses the order in which USCIS sel… Read More
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Changes to Visa Reciprocity

The United States Department of State recently released a list of reciprocity changes. Find the full list of changes here. There are 75 countries included on the list. Civil Documents for Reciprocity Immigrant visa applicants are required to submit s… Read More
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New Form I-130 Edition and Supplement

USCIS recently updated their website with a new Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. The new edition also includes a I-130A, Supplemental Information for Spouse and Beneficiary. USCIS will only accept the 2/27/17 edition, starting 4/28/17. If you… Read More
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Trump Issues New Travel Ban Executive Order

President Trump issued a new Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” on March 6, 2017. The previous Executive Order, or travel ban, with the same name will be revoked and replaced on Ma… Read More
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Rural J-1 Visa Waiver Information

Having access to qualified physicians is essential for every community. However, some rural communities experience difficulty in recruiting these physicians and keeping them in the community. At times, these rural areas must rely on the recruitment o… Read More
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Department of State March Visa Demand Predictions

The Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division of the U.S. Department of State (DOS), Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim gives monthly predictions of visa availability and demand following the publishing of each month’s visa bullet… Read More
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USCIS 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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International Entrepreneurs Rule Published

A rule on international entrepreneurs was finalized by the Department of Homeland Security on January 17, 2017. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has “parole” authority to grant a period of authorized stay to foreign entrepreneurs… 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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