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Good News for Employers as More Employees are Eligible to File for Employment-Based Green Card Applications in October

Because Congress limits how many green cards can be issued annually, the Department of State (DOS) releases a visa bulletin every month establishing the cut-off dates per preference category and country for the upcoming month.

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International students demand support from University in face of changed vaccine policy

The University updated its vaccination and COVID-19 policies in August in preparation for an in-person semester.

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Thousands of unused green cards to expire Friday, creating anxiety for foreign workers

Thousands of unused green cards are set to expire Friday, disappointing many of the foreign workers who were hoping to no longer rely on temporary work visas to stay in the U.S.

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NO MORE COVID TRAVEL BANS? CHANGES ARE COMING

On September 20, 2021, the Biden Administration announced a change in international travel restrictions previously put in place at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The current travel restrictions require non-U.S. citizen or green card holders in designated countries to quarantine in another country for two weeks. This ban is known as the country-specific ban.

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USCIS Sued Over H-4 and L-2 EAD Policies

The American Immigration Lawyers Association and a litigation partner have brought a class action lawsuit on behalf of H-4 and L-2 spouses who have applied for work authorization as the dependents of H-1B and L-1 principal visa holders.

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International students face limited prospects after graduation

Most recent Emerson graduates have their job prospects at the front of their minds, but for international students, the question of what to do with their lives after getting off the commencement stage is more pressing than most.

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Effects of a U.S. Government Shutdown on Immigration

As of today, the federal budget for FY2022 is still being negotiated, with federal funding for the current fiscal year expiring on September 30, 2021.

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Premium Processing for H-4 Application, EADs, and More Under Consideration for Implementation

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) is considering a proposed rule to expand premium processing to certain case types, including applications to extend/change nonimmigrant status using Form I-539 and applications for employment authorization under Form I-765.

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Does visa processing stop in the event of government shutdowns?

We are faced with a partial government shutdown because of congressional deadlock over budget. This has happened before, and we have survived it.

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What is the "Cap Gap" for an F-1 Visa Holder Applying for an H-1B Visa?

As explained more fully below, the "cap gap" refers to the situation in which a non-citizen student is lawfully in the US on an F-1 student visa and is successful in obtaining an H-1B work visa which permits lawful entry in the US, but only long after the F-1 residency period has ended.

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