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Outstanding Naturalized US Citizens

USCIS’s Outstanding Americans by Choice Initiative recognizes the outstanding achievements of naturalized U.S. citizens. Recognition is based on civic participation, professional achievement, and responsible citizenship, that demostrate a commitment to our nation. The 2013 award recipients can be found online: http://www.uscis.gov/news/outstanding-americans-choice/2013-outstanding-american-choice-recipients

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Immigrant Nobel Prize Winner Starts As Post-doc

When the Nobel Prize winners were announced recently, 4 of the 9 were immigrants to the U.S. And the three winners for Chemistry were immigrants who became U.S. citizens. This is not unusual, as 32% of all U.S. Nobel laureates are immigrants. The research of one of this year’s winners,Thomas C. Sudhof, has been critical […]

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Efforts to Breathe New Life into CIR

According to the New York Times, groups supporting an immigration overhaul said they are planning a mobilization early next month to press the House of Representatives to vote on an immigration reform bill. They will hold rallies in at least 40 cities nationwide on Oct. 5 and a large rally in Washington on Oct. 8, […]

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Immigration Reform May Help Foreign Born Entrepreneurs

While the fate of immigration reform is anything by certain, both the Senate and House bills may help immigrant entrepreneurs.  Both bills propose an entrepreneur visa that will grant permanent residence.  The catch?  The entrepreneur must attract venture capital of at least $500,000, and create at 5 full-time jobs.  The Senate bill (but not the […]

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H-1B Lottery Results: How Long Must We Wait?

USCIS has completed the H-1B lottery for the October 2013 cap, and has also started the data entry process for H-1B petitions selected. Premium processing cases are being handled first and data entry for those cases were completed on April 15. USCIS announced on March 15, 2013, that the 15-day premium processing clock will start on […]

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Now What? O-1 instead of H-1B?

The FY 2014 H1B season brought on a mad rush, with the cap being reached in just 5 days.  USCIS received 125,000 petitions for the 65,000 regular cap and 20,000 master’s cap.  In other words, about 40,000 petitioners were turned away. Those scrambling for alternatives might consider O-1 status. This category is used by aliens of […]

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More Help For STEM Graduates

New York Senator Schumer is poised to introduce a bill today calling for a two year pilot program that would allocate 55,000 additional green cards each year for foreign-born graduates who have earned a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. academic institution in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) field. Given that the […]

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EB-2 Backlogs Surge Forward in October

The October DOS Visa Bulletin is out and a great stride forward has been made in the Employment Based 2nd Preference. Last month’s visa bulletin listed a priority date of January 2009 for “all chargeable areas.” This meant that many of those in EB2 could expect about a 3 year wait before they could file […]

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Deferred Action For Dreamers Moving Forward

USCIS expects to make all forms, instructions, and additional information relevant to the deferred action for childhood arrivals available on August 15, 2012. Upon making the forms available, it will immediately begin accepting requests for deferred action. While CIS has not said a lot about what will be required in terms of forms, it has […]

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More From USCIS On The Dream Act

At a USCIS Stakeholders’ conference today, the agency added some important information to Friday’s Dream Act statement. First, the period to accept requests for deferred action has not yet opened; any requests made prematurely will be denied. CIS will be making decisions about the implementation of the memo over the next 60 days. Second, denial […]

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