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Ridgewood, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2022 – Managing Attorneys at the Nachman Phulwani Zimovcak (NPZ) Law Group – VISASERVE – Ludka Zimovcak, Esq. and Snehal Batra, Esq. will be receiving an Enterprising Women in Commerce Award in the Legal category. CIANJ (Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey) is a statewide business advocacy organization which represents more than 900 corporate members from every industry sector. CIANJ & COMMERCE Magazine are thrilled to honor enterprising women who deserve to be recognized for their achievements, determination and dedication. Enterprising Women in Commerce Awards celebrate women who are achieving great things […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2022 – The VA plans to change its disability rating criteria for several conditions to ensure that veterans’ compensation benefits match their medical conditions. The VA explains that the proposed changes to 38 CFR 4.96 should clarify, simplify, and eliminate redundancies in the provisions covering respiratory illnesses in the federal registrar. The major overhaul will affect disability rating criteria for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts. The three primary forms of sleep apnea are: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Central Sleep Apnea […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 03, 2022 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) implemented a new rule that temporarily lengthens the automatic extension period for some Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). Certain individuals who have filed applications for employment authorization will receive an extension of 540 days from the expiration date specified on their EADs. Before USCIS announced the temporary increase, persons who filed timely renewal applications in eligible EAD categories could be granted a maximum automatic extension of 180 days. USCIS introduced the new policy in light of its significant processing delays for EAD renewal applications. Existing backlogs […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 02, 2022 – On April 7, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy alert announcing a risk-based approach to interview waivers for a conditional permanent resident petitioning to remove the conditions on his or her permanent residence. Under the updated policy, USCIS officers have the discretion to waive an interview for a family-based conditional permanent resident who submits a petition to remove conditions on residence. The policy guidance states that USCIS may waive the interview requirement if the foreign national applicant fulfills all eligibility criteria for removal of conditions, and the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 04, 2022 – The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report on December 28, 2021, that found the continued reliance on an archaic technology system and paper files slowed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) benefits delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report issued two recommendations aimed to improve the agency’s electronic processing of benefits. USCIS concurred with the recommendations. “While it is encouraging to see that USCIS agrees with both recommendations made by the DHS OIG, this is just the first step. Now USCIS has to act,” commented […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 24, 2022 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), on December 9, 2021, issued a policy alert announcing the temporary waiver of the rule requiring the civil surgeon to sign the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record within 60 days before filing for adjustment of status. The temporary waiver will remain in effect until September 30, 2022. “USCIS acknowledges the COVID-19 pandemic and other processing delays and now waives the 60-day rule for a one-year period,” commented Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “But the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2022 – On November 10, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) entered into a settlement agreement with plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit in Shergill et al. v. Mayorkas regarding long delays in adjudicating L-2 spousal employment authorization applications. The settlement is effective within 120 days of the settlement date. In the settlement, USCIS agrees to issue policy guidance stating that L-2 spouses are employment authorized incident to status. Incident to status means that a person in L-2 status will already be authorized to be employed upon admission to the United States. Further, […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released new immigration enforcement priorities for border agencies on September 30, 2021. The updated guidelines direct immigration officers to exercise discretion and assess the totality of a migrant’s circumstances when making decisions regarding arrests and deportations.  The new DHS guidelines build on early interim guidance issued under the Biden Administration, marking a return to a priority system for immigration enforcement. They are a departure from the aggressive stance adopted by the Trump Administration, which expanded the scope of arrests and deportations. “The enforcement priorities […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2022 – On November 10, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) entered into a settlement agreement with plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit in Shergill et al. v. Mayorkas regarding long delays in adjudicating L-2 spousal employment authorization applications. The settlement is effective within 120 days of the settlement date. In the settlement, USCIS agrees to issue policy guidance stating that L-2 spouses are employment authorized incident to status. Incident to status means that a person in L-2 status will already be authorized to be employed upon admission to the United States. Further, […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2021 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), on December 9, 2021, issued a policy alert announcing the temporary waiver of the rule requiring the civil surgeon to sign the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record within 60 days before filing for adjustment of status. The temporary waiver will remain in effect until September 30, 2022. “USCIS acknowledges the COVID-19 pandemic and other processing delays and now waives the 60-day rule for a one-year period,” commented Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “But the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 05, 2021 – On October 25, 2021, President Biden revoked prior country by country restrictions on admission to the United States by noncitizens and replaced them with a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for air travelers to the United States. The new requirement goes into effect on November 8, 2021. The White Fact Sheet and the CDC Technical Instructions place an obligation on airlines to confirm that a legitimate source issued the vaccination record of each traveler and to determine if the traveler’s vaccinations meet the CDC definition of full vaccination. “While the goal of loosening […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2021 – On August 30, 2021, the Department of State (“DOS”) announced an update to its immigrant visa processing priorities amid ongoing delays resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. consulates and embassies have been instructed to use a tiered system to determine which categories of immigrant visa applications to process first.   DOS emphasized that family reunification is the top objective of the government’s immigration policy. The Department said its updated visa processing guidance aligns with directions from Congress to prioritize applications for immediate relative visas and K-1 fiancés of U.S. citizens, followed […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2021 – A group of 125 Chinese and Indian nationals sued the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) over the potential loss of green cards once the annual quota expires by the end of the current fiscal year. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs argued that delays in green card processing times would cause them to miss a prime opportunity to become legal permanent residents, forcing them to wait years or decades more to regain eligibility for residency. Chakrabarti v. USCIS was filed in a Maryland district court on August 2, 2021. Around […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2021 – As vaccination rates increase both within the United States and worldwide, and new infection and death rates decrease, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) faces the formidable challenge of how to resume effective visa processing abroad to reduce the massive backlog of immigrant visa cases, which have built up while consulates have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), on June 29, 2021, issued a policy brief proposing a 10-point plan for re-opening America and re-establishing the United States as a welcoming nation. AILA recommended […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 29 21, 2021 – The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision that foreign nationals who receive Temporary Protected Status (TPS) after entering the United States unlawfully are not eligible to adjust their status to that of a lawful permanent resident. The ruling in Sanchez v. Mayorkas on June 7, 2021, is expected to bar thousands of individuals who hold TPS from applying to become lawful permanent residents of the United States. The issue at the heart of the case was whether being granted TPS enables a person to obtain permanent resident status despite […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2021 – President Joe Biden signed an executive order that mandates an immediate “top-to-bottom” review of the Trump Administration’s restrictive immigration policies centering on inadmissibility on public charge grounds. Executive Order 14012, issued on February 2, 2021, directs the Departments of Justice, State and Homeland Security to evaluate the implementation and effects of the Public Charge Rule. These Departments are directed to consult with the heads of other relevant federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services.   The order also rescinds a Trump Administration memorandum requiring families to repay the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2021 – The Biden Administration allowed Presidential Proclamation 10052 issued by the Trump Administration to expire as expected on March 31, 2021. The Proclamation temporarily suspended the issuance of certain nonimmigrant or temporary work visas to foreign nationals across several categories. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) confirmed that it would not be renewed.   “Finally, a harmful ban on L-1 and H-1B admissions imposed by the prior Administration has come to an end,” commented Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “U.S. employers can now […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2021 – The Biden Administration took recent executive action to reverse the foundational Trump immigration policy contained in the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order, signed early on in that Administration. On January 25, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order which effectively revoked President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American (BAHA) Executive Order. BAHA — put in place on April 18, 2017, by former President Trump — laid the groundwork for many restrictive immigration policies that followed. Its purported goal was to increase wages and employment rates for U.S. workers by […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2021 – The Biden Administration has decided to continue the International Entrepreneur Parole Program, which provides immigrant entrepreneurs opportunities to come to the United States and start their businesses. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, on May 10, 2021, announced the withdrawal of a 2018 proposal that intended to terminate the program and end the adjudication of parole requests made by certain foreign nationals looking to set up and develop their start-up companies in the United States. “Finally, some official encouragement of entrepreneurship from the Administration on behalf of the nation to replace the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2021 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed replacing its existing random lottery selection process for allocating H-1B visas with a weighted, wage-based system that prioritizes registrations offering highly-paid positions. If finalized, the new regulations would restrict H-1B eligibility and present additional hurdles to future H-1B sponsorship. The proposed changes, published in the Federal Register on November 2, 2020, would give preference to H-1B registrations in which employers have agreed to pay the highest corresponding wage level in the Department of Labor’s (DOL) four-tiered system. If the number of registration submissions […]


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