USCIS Will Accept Old Versions of Form I-765 Until July 8, 2008

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has revised Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. The form now includes additional eligibility codes.   These changes have been made in accordance with the Department of Homeland Security’s recent interim final rule regarding Optional Practical Training (OPT), published on April 8, 2008 in the...
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USCIS Provides Opportunity for F-1 Students to Change Status to H1B

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would allow F-1 students who are the beneficiaries of selected H-1B petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2009 to request a change of status in lieu of consular notification. The short-term measure follows an April 8, 2008 interim final rule that, among other actions, automatically extends the F-1 status of qualifying students who are...
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USCIS Starting To Process Advanced Degree H-1B Cases

Our office has begun receiving receipt notices and approvals for premium processing ‘regular-cap’ and ‘advanced-degree’ H1B cases filed for Fiscal Year 2009.  If you have yet to hear anything or receive a receipt notice from USCIS, one tip would be to check with your bank to see if the check for USCIS filing fees has been cashed.  If it has, that is an indication...
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USCIS Releases Naturalization Processing Times Report

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a report with projected times for naturalization processing at USCIS local offices around the country.  These processing times provide a sense of how quickly a case may be processed if there are no complicating factors.  To view the report, please go to THIS...
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Durham, NC USCIS Office Opens

At long last, the Durham, North Carolina, office of Citizenship and Immigration Services is open!  An official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Friday, April 25th, and the office opened on Monday.  Laura Edgerton, a Partner with our office and the current President of the Carolinas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) attended the...
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