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H-1B fee hike, Visa Waiver Program reform passed in omnibus bill

The omnibus appropriations bill that was signed into law on Friday altered multiple immigration programs. The spending measure provides discretionary funding for the government until Sept. 30, 2016. Here’s some background on some of the major immigration programs that were changed: Fee hikes In September, Congress failed to renew Public Law 111-230, which imparted an

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7 Ways to Spot Online Immigration Fraud

As any U.S. immigrant already knows, U.S. immigration laws are complex, expansive, and constantly changing. In general, immigrants are at a heightened disadvantage in seeking legal assistance because of their lack of familiarity with U.S. customs, language, and laws. And despite U.S. immigrants’ best efforts to complete the visa process properly, thousands fall victim to

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A Brief History of USCIS

Did you know that USCIS officially took over immigration service duties of the federal government only on March 1, 2003? On that date, USCIS was formed to “enhance the security and improve the efficiency of national immigration services by exclusively focusing on the administration of benefit applications.” (http://www.uscis.gov/about-us/our-history)  In addition to USCIS, you have probably

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