On August 9, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that applicants filing to apply for a green card are now able to apply for a Social Security number (SSN) or replacement card using a single form, the updated Form I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. To lawfully work in the United Statements, employees must show evidence of their identity and employment eligibility. An unrestricted Social Security card from the Social [...]


Effective May 17, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will temporarily suspend the biometrics requirement for certain applicants filing Form I-539 application to request an extension of stay in or change of status to H-4, L-2, and E nonimmigrant status.  This suspension will apply through May 17, 2023. This suspension will apply only to the above categories of Form I-539 applications that are either: Pending as of May 17, 2021, and have not yet received a biometric [...]


How do we determine what is law, what is the government’s interpretation or application of a law, or what is just the government’s opinion? Consider the source. STATUTES: Laws Passed by a Legislature, Usually by Congress Statutes are binding law and can create new rights or obligations. The Immigration and Nationality Act is a statute. Statutes may be challenged in court if they are unconstitutional, either as written or as applied by the government. REGULATIONS: Rules Setting [...]


The H-1B electronic registration period closed at noon (ET) on March 25, 2021. Registrants and their legal representatives have started to receive H-1B selection notices from USCIS over the weekend. USCIS plans to send out formal communications to inform the public regarding if and when the selection period has closed in the coming days. A registrant’s USCIS online account will show one of the following statuses for each registration: Submitted: The registration has been submitted [...]


The Department of Homeland Security is designating Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, effective 3/9/21 through 9/9/22. This new designation enables Venezuelan nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Venezuela) currently residing in the United States to file initial applications for TPS, so long as they meet eligibility requirements. To be eligible for the Temporary Protected Status, individuals must be able to demonstrate continuous [...]


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