General Immigration

USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4, 2020

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS is readying offices to reopen on or after June 4. Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not …

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Recapture time in H-1B and L-1

USCIS officers shall comply with the following guidance to determine whether periods of time spent by an H-1B nonimmigrant worker in a specialty occupation outside the United States (recapture time) will be recaptured: (A) Periods of Time Outside the United States that May Be Recaptured by an H-1B Nonimmigrant Worker in a Specialty Occupation . Because section 214(g)(4) of the …

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Unemployment Benefits

I am in H-1B status and I was laid off/terminated/reduced hours – Am I eligible for unemployment insurance? It depends, as unemployment insurance is a joint state-federal program administered by each state through its own eligibility criteria and benefit amounts, but the state must follow federal guidelines. As such, there is not one answer to …

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Non-exhaustive list of public benefits that USCIS does not consider in the public charge inadmissibility determination a

B. Public Benefits Not Considered 1. Unenumerated Public Benefits The following is a non-exhaustive list of public benefits that USCIS does not consider in the public charge inadmissibility determination as they are considered earned benefits:[20] Federal Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Social Security benefits (SSDI); Social Security; Veteran’s benefits including but not limited to HUD-VASH, and …

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Driver’s Licensing for Foreign Nationals

Driver’s license issuance/renewal is exclusively reserved for individual states to determine their standards. You should first look at your state’s driver’s licensing agency website for their requirements. Most states’ website provides detailed information regarding how to acquire/renew your driver’s license. If the website is not clear as to what documents are required for non-immigrant residents, …

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