ECA Rolls Out New J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program Website

Today, The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) launched a new J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program website. The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is a work and study exchange program created to further mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries. The State Department hopes that the new website (http://j1visa.state.gov) will...
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USCIS Improves Document Delivery Through Secure Mail Initiative

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has fully implemented the Secure Mail Initiative (SMI), which uses U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation to deliver certain immigration documents in a safe, secure and timely manner. Made possible by a partnership between USCIS and the USPS, the SMI enables USCIS to confirm delivery of permanent resident cards and...
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Advisory for Nationals of Japan and Others Stranded by the Earthquakes and Tsunami

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) issued an advisory for Japanese and other foreign nationals from the Pacific stranded in the United States due to the earthquakes and tsunami devastation. If you have exceeded or are about to exceed your authorized stay in the U.S., you may be permitted up to an additional 30 days to depart. Visitors traveling under the Visa Waiver...
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Employment Immigration: How Section 245(K) Can Help Even If You Violate Your Status

You are an employment-based immigration applicant who wants to get a “green card”, you read the title of this article, and you wonder why this attorney is using boring legal-speak.  Well, there’s a reason. Section 245(K) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is an important provision that can help you adjust status to permanent resident even if you’ve violated your immigration...
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Auction to Benefit Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities

Are any of our readers Carolina Hurricanes fans? Do you want to own a pair of Eric Staal’s signed hockey skates? In conjunction with the Canadian Expat Network (www.canadianexpatnetwork.com), our law firm is auctioning off a pair of game-worn/signed hockey skates by Eric Staal, a star forward with the 2006 Stanley Cup winning Carolina Hurricanes.  These skates are from the Carolina...
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USCIS Changes Filing Location of Forms I-600 and I-600A

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new address for prospective adoptive parents to submit Form I 600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, and Form I 600A, Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition.  Applicants have a 30-day transition period before USCIS will return incorrectly filed petitions.  Applicants were previously...
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