On Friday, May 29, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced plans for the phased-in resumption of premium processing for eligible I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker petitions and eligible I-129 Nonimmigrant Worker petitions. (See USCIS website at https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-resumes-premium-processing-certain-petitions.)

USCIS temporarily suspended premium processing availability for all eligible Form I-129 and I-140 petitions

On May 11, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum relating to certain J-1 waivered foreign medical graduates during the COVID-19 national emergency. The memo, captioned “Temporary Policy Changes for Certain Foreign Medical Graduates During the COVID-19 National Emergency” was issued solely as guidance to USCIS officers with regard

On September 30, 2015, President Obama signed a Continuing Resolution to extend funding of the US government through December 11, 2015, and temporarily avoid a government shutdown.  See http://www.wsj.com/articles/senate-passes-government-funding-bill-prior-to-midnight-deadline-1443623598.  The Continuing Resolution contained extensions for several important immigration programs including:

  • EB-5 Regional Centers
  • Conrad 30 J-1 Physician Waivers
  • Nonminister Religious Workers, and
  • E-Verify.

These

Notwithstanding the years’ old gridlock in regard to immigration reform, some significant changes will take place on or before September 30th.  It’s not that Congress has had an epiphany.  Several important immigration laws will sunset on September 30th unless reauthorized by Congress.  If Congress does nothing, four major immigration programs will come

The US Department of State (State Department or DOS) computer systems are not expected to be online again before next week after experiencing “technological systems issues” (a hardware failure) on June 9th. This information came from the State Department yesterday, June 17th, in an update following their initial announcement regarding the

By Catherine V. Wadhwani and Matthew J. Redding

The Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act (the Affordable Care Act) contains a number of provisions aimed at increasing access to health care insurance to millions of Americans without coverage.  This increased access to health care insurance will lead to an increased demand for physician services.  In

Persons who are not U.S. citizens but are present in the U.S. must report a change of address to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), with few exceptions, within 10 days of a move. 

To make the address reporting process more user-friendly, USCIS considered customer feedback and today introduced a new online Change of

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) announced on September 12, 2013, that with the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, 2013, it will begin accepting J-1 Waiver applications under the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Waiver Program.

The waiver programs were established to waive the 2-year home-presence requirement of foreign medical graduates

Law signed extending four key immigration programs.
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