How Far Ahead of October 1st Can I Apply For an H-1B Visa?

If you have an approved H-1B petition with an October 1st, 2014 start date, you can actually APPLY FOR an H-1B visa now. Consular offices are authorized to accept H-1B visa applications and issue the visas up to 90 days prior to the start date on the H-1B petition. However, it’s important to note that an H-1B visa holder can only use that visa to enter the U.S. in H-1B status up to 10 days...
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TPS Extended for Haitian Nationals

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended for eligible Haitian nationals for an additional 18 months. The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined that an extension is warranted because the conditions in Haiti that prompted the TPS designation CONTINUE to be met. This extension is effective from July 23, 2014 to January 22, 2016. The 18-month extension allows TPS holders to APPLY...
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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – Time to Renew

Since the DACA program began in August of 2012, the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY has granted Deferred Action to over 600,000 individuals who came to the United States as children and met numerous other requirements. Deferred Action provided these individuals with employment authorization and formal assurance from the US government that they would not be removed from the U.S. for a...
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August 2014 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its August 2014 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets forth per country priority dates that regulate the ability of an individual to file an adjustment of status APPLICATION or consular process at a U.S. Embassy. Foreign nationals can file an adjustment of status application if their priority dates are prior to the cutoff dates specified by the DOS...
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Proposed H-4 EAD Rule

Earlier this year, the White House announced a proposed rule that would allow certain H-4 visa holders to APPLY FOR an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). A few months ago, the Department of Homeland Security issued a Press Release outlining who would be eligible to apply for EADs if the proposed rule becomes law. Unfortunately, not all H-4 visa holders will be eligible. Here’s what has...
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