Understanding When to Submit an I-485J or Supplement J

In the journey to U.S. permanent residency, navigating the intricacies of immigration forms and requirements is crucial. Among these, the Form I-485J, known as Supplement J, stands out for its specific role in employment-based adjustment of status applications. This blog delves into what Supplement J is, its importance, when it should be used, and offers…

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“On the Job” Experience for PERM

Embarking on the journey toward sponsoring a foreign national for permanent residency in the United States through employment is a multifaceted process, starting with the Labor Certification or PERM (Program Electronic Review Management). This initial step is crucial for employers aiming to prove to the Department of Labor (DOL) that there are no able, willing,…

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A Guide to Journey After Immigrant Visa Approval

Congratulations on your US immigrant visa approval! This milestone marks the beginning of a new chapter in your life, filled with opportunities and dreams in the United States. However, the journey from immigrant visa approval to becoming a permanent resident involves several important steps. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process from the…

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USCIS Issues Guidance for F, M Status

In a recent and significant announcement, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued comprehensive policy guidance aimed at the F and M student nonimmigrant classifications. This guidance is a pivotal development for international students and U.S. educational institutions alike, offering much-needed clarity on various aspects including employment authorization, change of status, extension of…

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Overview of EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW)

The landscape of U.S. immigration is complex and multifaceted, particularly when it comes to employment-based categories. One of the more intriguing pathways is the EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW). This waiver stands out because it allows certain foreign nationals to bypass the usual requirement of being sponsored by a U.S. employer. Understanding the nuances of…

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USCIS Fee Increase Expected Soon

The landscape of immigration fees is changing. In early 2024, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is set to implement a significant increase in its filing fees, a development that has been looming on the horizon for some time. This move follows the agency’s previously announced proposal, which we discussed in detail in our…

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What to Do If You Lose Your Green Card While Traveling Abroad

For many individuals holding a U.S. green card, the thought of losing it while traveling abroad can be a source of significant stress and uncertainty. This vital document is not just a proof of your residency status but a key that allows you to re-enter the United States. In the unfortunate event that you find…

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Green Card Approval When Priority Date Not Current

Navigating the U.S. immigration system can be complex, especially when unexpected scenarios arise. Recently, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reported a peculiar situation: some applicants have received Green Card approvals even when their priority dates were not current. This blog post delves into this issue, highlighting the potential challenges and offering guidance for affected…

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USCIS Revises ‘Ability to Pay’ Criteria for Employment Based Visas

The landscape of employment-based immigration is constantly evolving, and keeping abreast of these changes is crucial for employers and immigrants alike. A significant aspect of this process involves establishing an employer’s ability to pay the proffered wage to beneficiaries under specific employment-based immigrant visa classifications. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently updated its…

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