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November 2017 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State released the November 2017 visa bulletin.  This bulletin includes some modest forward movement in most categories.

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Immigration

New Rule - All Employment Based I-485 application will have Interviews

Recently USCIS issued a new rule stating that all employment based green card applications will be subject to interview starting on October 3, 2017. Just this week AILA members and the Ombudsperson for USCIS had a Stakeholder Call to discuss the new rule. 331 more words

Immigration

Updated USCIS Form I-765 to allow for EAD and Social Security Number Request Simultaneously

Foreign nationals in certain categories or classifications can now apply for work authorization and a social security number using an updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.  143 more words

USCIS

October 2017 Visa Bulletin – Employment-Based Visa Numbers – Eligibility to File Adjustment of Status Applications

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ment
based
All Charge-
ability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
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EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
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Department Of State

30/60 Day Rule is Removed from FAM, Replaced with 90 Day Rule

Many of you may not be aware of the 30/60 day rule.  The Department of State in its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) has a section on willful misrepresentations.   547 more words

Immigration

UNITED STATES – Premium Processing Resumes for all H-1B Petitions

On 3 October 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had resumed Premium Processing for all types of H-1B Petitions. 25 more words

Immigration Alerts

J2 visa: Updated I-765 form lets you obtain an EAD and SSN simultaneously

Last updated October 2, 2017

Update: Starting 12/04/2017, USCIS will only accept the form dated 07/17/17 (the new form which is discussed below)

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