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Green card renewal denial is on the rise

In Indiana and across the U.S., the likelihood of immigrants being denied a green card renewal has been on the rise. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reports that it rejects roughly 8% of green card applications and petitions. Thousands more green card renewal applications are denied by the USCIS. Specifically, the USCIS denied an average of 30,242 green card renewal applicants per year during fiscal years 2016-2017. For fiscal years 2018-2019, the average shot up to 103,140 applicants per year that were denied green card renewals. When an applicant is denied a green card...

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How the immigration freeze will affect employment visas

Foreign nationals may be affected by immigration changes announced by the United States government on April 21. The H1-B and EB-5 visas are both exempt from the changes, but individuals who wish to move to Indiana on either of these visas may encounter other obstacles. Danger for the H-1B visa? The immigration freeze, which is supposed to last for 60 days, does not affect several other categories, including science and health professionals working on COVID-19 as well as spouses and eligible family members of lawful permanent residents and citizens. However, the U.S. government's focus on...

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Draft executive order tightens restrictions on H-1B worker visas

Employers in Indiana with foreign technology workers in the country on the H1-B visa program may soon face new restrictions and requirements. A draft executive order from President Donald Trump will place a stronger emphasis on protecting American workers. The executive order would call on technology workers already here with H1-B visas to submit updated information about their certifications. Their paperwork must indicate that they are not displacing Americans who could be doing their jobs. Additionally, the order calls for a suspension on approving entry for people seeking work visas for a...

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Training or special education programs with H-3 visas

Foreign nationals who want to come to Indiana to participate in specific types of training programs might be eligible for H-3 visas. These types of visas are designed for people who want to get training or special education that is not available to them in their home countries. The training cannot be in the medical field. People who want to participate in a training or special education program in the U.S. with H-3 visas are not able to directly petition for the visas on their own. They must first apply to the training or special education program and be admitted. The institution that is...

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Employment-based visas for human resources professionals

Indiana has many opportunities for careers in human resources, and some foreign-born residents are highly skilled in this field. However, obtaining a work visa for a human resources job can be challenging. The human resources field is not a specialty occupation that requires an advanced degree, and the U.S. already has many qualified candidates for these jobs. The immigration system in the U.S. sets aside special work visas for immigrants that can fill jobs that U.S. citizens cannot fill. The majority of recipients of visas like the H-1B and the EB-2 work in the information technology field....

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RFEs and NOIDS COVID-19 Update

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that it is adopting measures to minimize the immigration consequences associated with responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020. Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny For applicants and petitioners who receive an RFE or NOID dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020, any responses submitted within 60 calendar days after the response deadline set forth in the RFE or NOID will be considered by USCIS...

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Video hearings become more common for detained children

The images of detained immigrant children have sparked concerns in Indiana and across the country, and some worry that the increased use of video hearings to process their cases may impose additional challenges. Video hearings, rather than in-person court sessions, are being used in more cases involving immigrant children, often those who are held in detention or who are unaccompanied minors. Many of the hearings have taken place in Houston while the judge hearing the cases is in Atlanta. However, some advocates believe that this policy may be expanded nationwide. The hearings have included...

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Migrant deported despite obtaining withholding of removal

People in Indiana who are seeking asylum may be interested to learn that an immigrant from Venezuela who was granted protection from deportation while in the process of seeking asylum was sent to Mexico anyway. The man had been a police officer in Venezuela, and he and his family had been targeted for violence after he refused to arrest people because of the political party they were in. The man waited in Mexico for almost three months before he was allowed to appear before a judge, who granted him protection from deportation. However, afterwards, the man was returned to Mexico. Although the...

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Japanese immigrants missing out on EB-5 benefits

With a solid economy and low crime rate, Japan is a wonderful place to live. It is no surprise that its citizens generally stay instead of migrating to other countries. However, certain factors may cause someone from Japan to look for better opportunities in other parts of the world. The United States is a popular destination for those leaving Japan. In fact, about 426,000 Japanese citizens live in the U.S., including many in Indiana communities. Unfortunately, many of those who travel from Japan to the U.S. are unaware of one valuable option for achieving lawful permanent resident status....

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Outsourcing increases despite H-1B visa clampdown

Companies in Indiana and across the country are facing more frequent denials of their H-1B visa applications, typically used to sponsor a visa for a foreign national with a high level of technical skill. In many cases, H-1B visa recipients attended U.S. universities and graduate schools and are highly trained in scientific or technical disciplines. Government officials have stated that the use of H-1B visas is reviewed strictly because some companies and industries may be using them to bring in highly skilled workers more cheaply than their American counterparts. However, others say that...

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