Discretionary Parole for Certain Filipino World War II Veteran Family Members

Beginning June 8, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will allow certain Filipino World War II veteran family members who are beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions an opportunity to receive a discretionary grant of parole on a case-by-case basis, so that they may come to the United States…

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Updates on fiscal year 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions from USCIS

USCIS announced on May 2, 2016, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Due to the high volume of filings, USCIS is unable to…

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Another I-601A Victory

We recently had a client from Guatemala successfully return to the US after completing his consular processing based upon an approved I-601A waiver.  His wife sent us this wonderful email.  We could not be happier for him, his wife, and their 2 year old son!   “We just wanted to let you know…

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What to Know About the Big Immigration Case at the Supreme Court

What to Know About the Big Immigration Case at the Supreme Court By BENJAMIN BELL Apr 18, 2016, 7:15 AM ET The nation’s highest court will hear arguments today in the case of the United States v. Texas. Texas — along with a number of other states — is challenging…

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USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2016, that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption, also…

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​​USCIS Reaches FY 2017 H-1B Cap

Release Date: April 07, 2016 WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS will use a computer-generated process,…

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Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended for nationals of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

DHS recently announced the extension of TPS designation for the three countries, which were initially granted TPS status during the Ebola epidemic. The extension allows currently eligible TPS beneficiaries to retain TPS status through November 21, 2016, so long as they otherwise continue to meet the eligibility requirements for TPS. Current TPS…

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DHS Announces Final Rule Extending STEM OPT for International Students

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a new rule which will expand the employment and training opportunities available to International Students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The new rule will take effect on May 10, 2016. Key features of the new rule include an extension…

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DAPA Update – Obama Administration files brief with Supreme Court

Oral Arguments are expected before the Supreme court in April, with a possible decision by June.  The full brief is available on the Justice Department’s website here and a great summary of the brief can be found here. We should know by June if the President’s executive action can move forward.

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Marriage-Based LPR Granted for Diplomatic Visa Holder

“I just wanted to thank Jay Bagia and the staff at Bagia & Associates for their help in my case.  My wife is from Guinea and I am a United States citizen.  We wanted to get my wife’s immigration paperwork resolved, but we were worried because she entered on a…

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