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Philippines 3rd Leading Country of Origin of New Citizens

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The Office of Immigration Statistics recently released information on the foreign nationals aged 18 years and older who naturalized in 2014.

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F-1 STEM Students Can Now Stay Longer

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A new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule just gave international students with F-1 visa two more years of on-the-job training here in the US.

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H-1B Processing After Cap is Reached

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The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2017 has been reached. Over 236,000 petitions were received during the filing period that ended on April 7.

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Prepare for H-1B Filing Now

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will once again open its doors to H-1B cap applications and considering that the applications for last fiscal year was 233,000, it is safe to assume that it will exceed this figure this year.

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Immigration Options for Crewmen

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Sometimes ship crewmembers ‘jump ship’ while their vessel is in the US in the hope that they can obtain their green card and build a better life.

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Despite Latest DAPA Setback Immigrants Remain Hopeful

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President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program and Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) continue to be held up in the courts. With the recent unfavorable ruling of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Obama administration has appealed to the United States Supreme Court on November 20, 2015.

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Problematic Relative Petitions

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A US citizen or a lawful permanent resident (LPR) petitioner may encounter a number of issues when filing for his/her spouse. Commonly encountered are issues relating to the petitioner’s previously filed petitions, huge gap in the age of petitioner and beneficiary, their cultural differences, language barriers and other USCIS-identified marriage fraud indicators.

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May a Derivative Beneficiary Adjust under Section 245(i)?

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An alien who is out of status, worked without authorization, or who entered the U.S. without inspection or as a crewman, is generally ineligible to adjust status. However, the alien may still obtain approval of his I-485 adjustment of status application if he can benefit from Section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

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USCIS Issues H-1B Filing Instructions

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H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2017 that starts October 1, 2016 will be accepted beginning April 1, the USCIS announced last March 16.

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Residence and Physical Presence Requirements for Naturalization

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Basic residence and physical presence requirements must be met in order to qualify for naturalization. The noncitizen applicant must be a lawful permanent resident (LPR). However, certain non-residents who served in the U.S. military are an exception and may qualify for U.S. citizenship.

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