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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; Louisiana, Maine and Maryland!

The AIC has compiled research which shows that Immigrants are an essential part of each of these states’ economy, labor force and tax base. As our economy continues to grow, Immigrants and their children are a growing economic and political force as consumers, taxpayers and entrepreneurs. As United States economic continues to grow, immigrants and their children will continue to play a key role in shaping the economic and political future of each of these states.

On Wednesday, October 12th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new process for Venezuelans outside of the United States to apply for a temporary period of parole. This new process for Venezuelans will give them a lawful and streamlined way to come to the United States. The procedure is completely available online and will allow for case-by-case consideration. 

For further details please review the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) News Alert, “USCIS Implements New Process for Venezuelans“. 

Updated USCIS Web Page (10/18/22):  Process for Venezuelans

On Friday, February 5th, USCIS announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B cap will open Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at noon (Eastern) on March 9 and will stay open until Thursday, March 25, 2021 at noon (Eastern). This is the period that prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to fill out information and complete registration for petitioners.

*Prospective H-1B cap-subject petitioners or their representatives are required to use a myUSCIS online account to register each beneficiary electronically for the selection process and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee for each registration submitted on behalf of each beneficiary. *USCIS

For complete details, please review USCIS News Alert, “FY 2022 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens on March 9”.

First, if you are feeling sick, please do not come to your schedule appointment at the USCIS office. Use the instruction on your appointment notice to reschedule.

Visitors must wear a mask that covers both the mouth and nose when entering facilities. Visitors may be directed to briefly remove their mask to confirm identity or take their photograph.

The USCIS will not allow you to enter a USCIS office if you are:

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be holding a Teleconference on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Eastern, and from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Eastern. This event is entitled “Overseas Military Naturalization”. During the teleconference, USCIS officials will discuss the new Overseas Military Naturalization procedures and share available resources with military members and their families. This teleconference will include a question and answer session at the end of the event.

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DATE/TIME: Oct. 9, from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Eastern, and from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Eastern

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Question #1 – H1B Nonimmigrant Visa

Visa In a few months, I will be starting work in the US with an H-1Visa. Does my spouse need to accompany me to the US right away? She wanted to stay in our home country for a few months. My wife has an approved H-4 Visa.


The partial federal shutdown of the U.S. government will not affect USCIS’s fee-funded activities directly. The USCIS offices will remain open and all individuals should attend scheduled interviews and appointments. Some of USCIS programs which will expire or require reauthorization by Congress will be affected. Please review the USCIS Email Alert, “Lapse in Federal Funding Does Not Impact Most USCIS Operations” for more details.

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