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Changes to H-1B Visa Applications

Historically, employers had an easier time getting approvals for H-1B visa applications. However, in the wake of the current administration’s imposition of stricter requirements, the H-1B approval rate has dropped significantly. If this trend continues, more potentially qualified applicants will continue to be denied in the upcoming year.

H-1B Visa Requirements and Benefits

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows U.S.

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Emergency Travel Overseas

Injuries, serious illnesses, or the death of an immediate family member may create the need for individuals to leave the country as quickly as possible. This is referred to as emergency travel overseas. Certain documents are required to leave and return to the U.S., and those who are not U.S. citizens or non-citizen U.S. nationals will have to undergo immigration review when seeking re-admission into the country.

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Refugee Travel Cancellations

Many people are being forced to flee their homes due to ongoing conflicts and wars. However, flights for refugees who have already been approved to come to the United States are continuing to be canceled; some for the second time. This has significantly delayed their opportunity for resettlement. The cancellations may be especially concerning for refugees whose security checks and medical exams are about to expire.

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Is There a Faster Process for My Family to Become U.S. Citizens?

A citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the U.S. may help eligible family members to immigrate and establish citizenship. To do so, they must first file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. Historically, applicants were required to mail in a hard copy, but U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that the form may be filled out online,

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Supreme Court Debates Ending DACA

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was created by former U.S. President Barack Obama, who designed it to protect immigrants who entered this country illegally as children. DACA protects about 660,000 young immigrants from deportation and allows them to obtain work permits.

The Trump Administration’s 2017 attempt to cancel this program was part of the president’s strict immigration policies,

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