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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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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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When to file AOS applications August 2021

How to Adjust Your Status If you want to adjust your status to become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based visa, you must first have a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf. Then, USCIS… Read More
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August 2021 Visa Bulletin

August Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the August 2021 Visa Bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs There are a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) avail… Read More
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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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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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