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Monique Kornfeld

USCIS Organizational Accounts Now Available for Winners of the H-1B Lottery

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched new myUSCIS organizational accounts that allow for the online filing of H-1B petitions. These accounts offer a more collaborative and efficient way for organizations, legal representatives, and beneficiaries to navigate the H-1B visa process. Here’s what you need to know: Organizational accounts are mandatory: Starting in March 2024, READ MORE

USCIS Simplifies Process for Obtaining a Social Security Number for Naturalization Applicants

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a simplified process for obtaining Social Security Numbers (SSNs) for newly naturalized U.S. citizens. Effective April 1, 2024, applicants filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization (edition date 04/01/24), will have the option to request an original or replacement SSN card and authorize USCIS to update their READ MORE

Using Prizes and Awards to Strengthen the EB-1A Extraordinary Ability Visa

You may be eligible for an employment-based, first-preference (EB-1) immigrant visa (green card)  if you fit into one of the following three categories: Noncitizens of extraordinary ability (EB-1A); Outstanding professors or researchers (EB-1B); or Certain multinational executives or managers (EB-1C). This article will focus on the first category: noncitizens of extraordinary ability (EB-1A), and in READ MORE

Visa Bulletin for April 2024 for Green Card Filing

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the April 2024 Visa Bulletin providing the immigrant visa number availability to file for and obtain legal permanent residency (immigrant or “green card” status). For those interested in holding green card status, it is very important to check the Visa Bulletin each month to learn if a visa READ MORE

USCIS Grants Greater Flexibility in Late Immigration Applications to Change or Extend Nonimmigrant Status

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented a significant policy update to its Policy Manual, offering greater flexibility for nonimmigrants who encounter unforeseen delays when filing for extensions of stay or changes of status. This announcement, published on January 24, 2024, clarifies that USCIS may allow for late filings to extend or change one’s READ MORE

You Need This Form I-864 Affidavit of Support to Sponsor a Family Member

The US government, including USCIS and the US Department of State, require most petitioners who file for legal permanent residency (or “green card status”) for their family members to file a contract with the government agreeing to take care of their family members financially.  Found under Section 213A of the INA, this contract is called READ MORE