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Useful Tips by Green Card Marriage NYC Lawyer for Sponsoring a Family Member Green Card

  Green card holders by marriage may sponsor a foreign-born family member. But this can be a lengthy process that requires a good start to ensure success. Consulting with a green card lawyer NYC is a good idea if you want more information on the matter. Keep in mind that you can only sponsor immediate family members, not distant relatives.   Who is qualified to apply?    As a US citizen, you can file an immediate relative petition for a spouse (IR-1), an orphan adopted abroad (IR-3), a parent who is at least 21 years old (IR-5), or an unmarried child under 21 years of age (IR-2). You also need to show proof of your relationship with the people you’re filing for. This can be a marriage or birth certificate, or any documentation about the intent of adoption or adoption.   What to do if you’re not currently in the US?   If you’re currently living abroad and you’ve been a resident there for the past six months or you’re permitted to live in that country, you can file the

Biden Administration Breaks Limitations on Immigration Arrests

  On June 25, 2022, the Biden administration halted its immigration arrest limits to comply with a court decision that went into effect over the weekend, leaving deportation agents across the United States without clear directives on whom they should and should not detain. The guidelines, which are a part of a broader Biden administration plan to restructure ICE's immigration enforcement operations, generally prohibited the arrest and deportation of unauthorized immigrants who had not committed serious offenses before November 2020 if they had arrived in the United States before that date.   In September 2021, Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, directed the US ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents to arrest (1) immigrants believed to be threats to national security or public safety and (2) migrants who unlawfully cross a US border.   However, Republican officials in Louisiana and Texas convinced federal judge Drew Tipton early in June 2022 to overr

In Global Fight for Labor, UK Launches ‘High Potential Individual’ Visa

Are you considering moving to or working in the UK? You may have a better chance at employment if you graduated from one of the qualified, top non-UK universities, as long as you have the High Potential Individual (HPI) visa. The UK hopes the visa could resolve high-skilled labor shortages by attracting the best and brightest from around the world.   Do you qualify?   Under this new scheme, alumni of top non-UK universities who have graduated within the past five years can apply for the HPI visa. Their cases can be adjudicated within a few weeks. As of June 3, 2022, there are around 40 eligible universities, with 20 in the US, including the following:   ·       California Institute of Technology ·       Cornell University ·       Columbia University ·       Duke University ·       John Hopkins University ·       Harvard University ·       Massachusetts Institute of Technology ·       New York University ·       Stanford University ·       Northwestern Univ

DHS Announces Registration Process for Temporary Protected Status for Ukraine and Sudan

  If you come from Ukraine or Sudan and are currently in the US, it’s essential to keep updated on the latest announcements from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). On April 18, 2022, DHS shared information on how to register for a Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Previously, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, announced the 18-month designation for Sudan and Ukraine.   The registration process started on April 19, 2022. If you’re interested in requesting TPS under Sudan or Ukraine, you must apply.   Know if you’re eligible under the Ukraine designation   To be eligible for a TPS, you must demonstrate your continuous residence in the US since April 11, 2022, with a continuous physical presence since the designation date in the Federal Register notice. The USCIS has estimated that 59,600 individuals currently in the US may be eligible for a Temporary Protected Status under the designation of Ukraine.   Ukrainian nationals outside the US aren’t

White House Announcement: Biden-Harris Administration Actions to Attract STEM Talent

The Biden-Harris Administration is confident in America’s ability to attract talent from around the world. It firmly believes that those talents may help strengthen the technological competitiveness and economy while benefiting communities and working people in the country. The fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) are doing wonders. They   have been creating new jobs, new opportunities, and new industries for Americans in the US; and the Administration is committed to welcoming new talents to add to the country’s competitive advantage.   On January 21, 2022, the Department of State and Homeland Security announced new actions to advance the clarity and pathways for international STEM students, experts, researchers, and scholars to contribute to job creation efforts and innovation across the US. These changes should enable international STEM talent to continue making meaningful contributions to the innovation, development, research, and scholarly communi

Immigration Service Available to Those Impacted by Natural Disasters and Other Unexpected Circumstances

Your chances of moving to the US and becoming a permanent resident may be impacted by unexpected situations that are out of your control. The good news is that USCIS offers immigration services to help those who are affected by unforeseen circumstances including natural disasters. An  immigration lawyer Manhattan  can guide you further on what you must know and which services apply to you.   In an announcement dated December 13, 2021, USCIS reminded the public of the availability of these measures for those affected by natural disasters and other unexpected circumstances:   ·      Re-paroling of individuals that were previously paroled by USCIS ·      Changing of nonimmigrant status or extending the nonimmigrant stay for individuals currently in the US. If you fail to file the change or extension before the authorized period of admission expires, you may be excused if the delay is caused by circumstances beyond your control. ·      Expedited adjudication of requests for off

US to Receive New Petitions for H-1B Visas from August 2

From August 2, 2021, the US will start accepting new petitions for H-1B visas, particularly the registrations accepted early from the week prior by applying a random selection process to meet the cap for the fiscal year 2022. Over 308,000 applications were received by the US immigration agency in June 2021 during the initial registration period for the H-1B work permit for 2022. That is a 12.5 percent increase over this year. So far, 87,500 applicants have been picked to receive their high technology work permit.   The selection processes   USCIS used historical data related to denials, approvals, revocations, and other significant factors to determine the number of registrations to meet the H-1B cap for the fiscal year. They added that they needed to pick additional registrations to reach the targeted number.   It’s important to note that USCIS follows the October to September financial year, so they will continue to accept fresh petitions until November 3.   That said