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Immigration Reform Is Top Priority in 2014

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The House of Representatives wrapped up its affairs for 2013 without passing an immigration reform bill. This despite the continued and intensified protests of immigration advocates to pressure the House to vote on an immigration bill before it closed its 2013 legislative calendar.

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EB-3 Cut-off Dates Advance in December

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The December 2013 Visa Bulletin shows that the worldwide employment-based third preference (EB-3) cut-off date will advance by one year from October 1, 2010 in November to October 1, 2011. The Philippines third preference cut-off date will move by three weeks to January 8, 2007.

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Parole for Military Family Members

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The USCIS recently issued a policy memorandum clarifying the grant of parole to families of military members and veterans who are already in the United States and who entered without inspection. This allows them to remain in the country and apply for green cards, if eligible.

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Adjustment of Status for Children of Fiancé(e) Visa Holders

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The K-1 visa, also known as fiancée visa, allows a U.S. citizen to bring a foreign national fiancée into the United States. In order for the fiancée to be eligible to adjust status to permanent residence, they must marry within 90 days of the fiancée’s arrival in the U.S.

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USCIS Expedites Processing of Relative Petitions

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There have been concerns regarding the slow adjudication of Form I-130 petitions filed by US citizens for their immediate relatives. Until very recently the USCIS has taken a year to process the petitions and the delay has caused long separation of families.

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Immigration Reform Still Possible This Year

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With the recent government shutdown and the self-inflicted beating the Republican-controlled House of Representatives experienced resulting from it, many are wondering whether there is still hope for immigration reform this year. 

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TPS Designation for Philippines

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The Secretary of Homeland Security has the authority to designate a foreign country for temporary protected status (TPS) due to conditions in the country such as an ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters and other extraordinary conditions that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely.

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Green Card for Ministers and Religious Workers

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Religious workers may qualify for permanent residence as a special immigrant. They can apply within the United States through adjustment of status, or from abroad by obtaining an immigrant visa at the U.S. consulate. Typically but not always, the religious worker is already in the U.S. on R-1 or temporary religious worker status.

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Immigration Relief for Filipinos Affected By Typhoon

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Typhoon Haiyan has claimed over 4,000 lives in the Philippines, according to the latest tally of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Over 4 million have been displaced and the livelihood of about 5 million workers has been severely affected.

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Prior Mother’s Sham Marriage Does Not Bar Stepchild Petition

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When a US citizen petitions his spouse for a green card, he may also file a petition for his spouse’s child if the marriage creating the stepchild-parent relationship took place before the child’s 18th birthday. As immediate relatives of the US citizen, separate petitions must be filed for the spouse and stepchild.

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