USCIS Will Accept H-4 EAD Applications Starting May 26, 2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced that the USCIS will start accepting H-4/EAD applications on May 26, 2015.  Under this program, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR)...
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Texas Court Stalls President Obama’s Deferred Action Program

Late Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Andew Hanen in Texas barred the Obama administration from going forward with plans for a major expansion of the deferred action program, including the new deferred action for parents of US Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents. In his ruling, Judge Hanen wrote, “DHS does have discretion in the manner in which it chooses to fulfill the expressed...
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March 2015 Visa Bulletin – Forward Movement for EB-2 India

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its March 2015 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. The big news is that EB-2 India moved forward from September 1, 2005 to January 1, 2007.   Foreign nationals can file an adjustment of...
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USCIS Sends Final H-4/EAD Rule to OMB for Approval

On Thursday February 5, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services sent the final H-4/EAD rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and final approval.  Typically, OMB takes 30-60 days for review, after which the rule will be published in the Federal Register and implemented. The rule would allow an H-4 nonimmigrant to apply for employment authorization if...
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Extended DACA Applications will be Accepted Starting February 18th

USCIS announced that it will begin accepting expanded DACA applications on February 18th, 2015. Under the expanded DACA guidelines, there will no longer be an upper age limit for applications who otherwise qualify under the rest of the DACA requirements. Currently, applicants must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012. This greatly increases the number of individuals eligible for...
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