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Flag Day in the United States is an unofficial federal holiday celebrated each year on June 14th! This locally celebrated holiday commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, during revolutionary times! To celebrate many citizens, fly the US flag at their residents on that day, along with many other days. 

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USCIS has an online Electronic Reading Room with access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requested documents. The Reading Room is really a Web-based searchable database of public requested FOIA documents; mixed with USCIS documents that the government decided may have a larger public demand. You can use pull-downs to choose different listed subjects and include any month/year date from January 2011 to the present. You can also type in your own keywords to search.

Please visit this page for more information: Electronic Reading Room

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The Department of State has released its latest Visa Bulletin.

Click the link to view the July 2024 Visa Bulletin

The monthly Visa Bulletin has changed. The bulletin now summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during the reported month for: “Application Final Action Dates” (consistent with prior Visa Bulletins) and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center using Consular Processing (outside of the US) or file on their own with USCIS Form I-485 (within the US).

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You can check USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) processing times at any time online using the link below, it is on their web site. You will need to select your form number, next select the form category, and last select the office processing your case and they will display a processing time. USCIS has made processing times easier to understand and provides a more realistic date range. 

Check Case Processing Times 

The processing time range is how long it takes for USCIS to process your type of case from the date they received it. USCIS processes cases in the order they receive them, and they normally update this information monthly. The estimated time range displayed is based on data captured over the last two months. 

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be holding a national webinar on Thursday, May 9, from 1 to 2 p.m. (Eastern). This webinar will provide an overview of Temporary Protected Status (TPS),explaining the extension and redesignation for Ethiopia, including eligibility requirements and filing tips. USCIS will respond to questions submitted in advance or via chat function during the webinar. They will not answer case-specific questions.

For more subject details, please review the DHS News Release, “Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Ethiopia for Temporary Protected Status“.

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  1. Do I have to work full time on an H-1B, or may I work part time? No, you may work full-time or part-time. There is no rule as to the minimum number of hours. Working less than 35 hours per week will result in part-time employment. Pay close attention to what has been marked on your Certified Labor Condition Application (LCA) and Form I-129, page 5, regarding your full time or part time status.
  1. What is SVP? Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) is defined as the amount of time required by a worker to learn the techniques, obtain the information, and develop the facility needed for average performance in a specific job. SVP is used in the H-1B nonimmigrant visa context as well as in the Employment Based Green Card process.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be holding online Tech Talks sessions to give participants an opportunity to have some of their questions answered about online accounts. This June 4th session will cover the new online N-400, Application for Naturalization and will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2024, between 2:00 to 2:45 pm (Eastern). 

For more information, please review the USCIS Upcoming National Engagements Webpage, “USCIS Tech Talks”! 

Please use Microsoft Teams to join the engagement and the link is below. 

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UPDATE: Explore American Immigration Council’ interactive map to get more comprehensive information on U.S. immigration data and its impact!

The American Immigration Council (AIC) has released all fifty states and the District of Columbia, for a total of fifty-one updated state-by-state fact sheets highlighting immigration data and facts. These fact sheets highlight the demographic and economic impact of Immigrants in each state.

With national immigration policy being discussed, we thought that it would be a good time to provide some statistics on the Immigrant population in the United States as provided by this AIC research. Once a week we will be posting a blog with information on three states at a time. This week we will highlight; Arkansas, California and Colorado!

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This is a very interesting Factsheet, Eligible to Naturalize Fact Sheet: New Orleans-Metairie, LA , published by USCIS using Office of Homeland Security Statistics data from April 30, 2024! This well put together Factsheet provides information on selected characteristics of people with Lawful Permanent Residence (LPR) status in the New Orleans-Metairie, LA area. There are 18,360 LPR (Green Card holders) in this area of the country that are eligible to be naturalized U.S. citizen after meeting the requirements! 

For more information, please review the USCIS Factsheet, “Eligible to Naturalize Fact Sheet: New Orleans-Metairie, LA“! 

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We wanted to find a new way to engage our reader base. Every other Friday, we will post the ten (10) best/most frequently asked questions received during the week from our h1bvisalawyerblog, Facebook, and Twitter readers. We will answer those questions and provide the Q&A on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

If you have a burning question, are seeking assistance with a difficult immigration related case, wish to discuss your views on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, DREAMers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, priority dates, the monthly visa bulletin, adjustment applications, etc., please contact us by submitting your question/comment/viewpoint in our comment box provided on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

Our next “Q & A Forum” will take place this Friday, June 7, 2024. Act now and submit your questions!

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