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Norka M. Schell represents the international business community in bringing talented, hard-working employees to the United States. She also represents individuals seeking to join or remain in the United States with their family members, as well as become U.S. citizens. Call (212)564-1589 for consultation.
Norka M. Schell represents the international business community in bringing talented, hard-working employees to the United States. She also represents individuals seeking to join or remain in the United States with their family members, as well as become U.S. citizens. Call (212)564-1589 for consultation.

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USCIS announced that it will temporarily suspend premium processing for the Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

Starting April 2, 2018, USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap. We will temporarily suspend premium processing for all FY 2019 cap-subject petitions, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. This suspension is expected to last until Sept. 10, 2018.

USCIS encourage H-1B petitioners to subscribe to email updates on the H-1B FY 2019 Cap Season webpage.
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On behalf of the Law Offices of Law Offices of Norka M. Schell, LLC, I wanted to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.
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The immigration courts are severely backlogged, meaning that non-detained individuals may wait years for a hearing. Individuals need time to find legal representation and prepare a case, but extreme delays undermine the immigration system’s integrity. Yet the expedited docketing procedures and unnecessarily expansive enforcement operations put in place by the administration following the President’s immigration-related executive orders are greatly exacerbating this problem. The courts must be properly resourced to ensure that everyone has a timely but fair immigration proceeding.
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The immigration courts are severely backlogged, meaning that non-detained individuals may wait years for a hearing. Individuals need time to find legal representation and prepare a case, but extreme delays undermine the immigration system’s integrity. Yet the expedited docketing procedures and unnecessarily expansive enforcement operations put in place by the administration following the President’s immigration-related executive orders are greatly exacerbating this problem. The courts must be properly resourced to ensure that everyone has a timely but fair immigration proceeding.
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USCIS announced that the updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization now includes additional questions that allow certain categories of applicants to obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and a Social Security number simultaneously. Moving forward, applicants who receive their approved EADs from USCIS should receive their Social Security cards from the Social Security Administration within the following two weeks.
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DACA Has Changed!

USCIS is no longer accepting initial requests for DACA, but we will adjudicate initial requests for DACA accepted by Sept. 5, 2017.

USCIS will no longer approve advance parole requests associated with DACA.
USCIS is only adjudicating DACA renewal requests received by Oct. 5, 2017, from current beneficiaries whose benefits will expire between Sept. 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018.
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NYC IMMIGRATION LAWYER NEWS

Temporary Protected Status for Sudan to Terminate in November 2018

Release Date: Sept. 18, 2017

WASHINGTON—Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has determined that conditions in Sudan no longer support its designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) after reviewing country conditions, and after Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials’ consultations with the appropriate U.S. government agencies. Acting Secretary Duke is extending benefits for beneficiaries of Sudan TPS for 12 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on Nov. 2, 2018.

Current beneficiaries of Sudan’s TPS designation seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register. The deadline will be published in the Federal Register and on www.uscis.gov/tps later this week. Those who re-register and request a new employment authorization document (EAD) may receive an automatic extension of their expiring EAD for up to 180 days from the date their current EAD expires. If a beneficiary’s EAD request is approved, they will receive a new EAD with an expiration date of Nov. 2, 2018. TPS beneficiaries are strongly encouraged to re-register and file their EAD applications as early as possible to avoid lapses in documentation of employment authorization.

Although TPS benefits will no longer be in effect starting Nov. 2, 2018, TPS beneficiaries will continue to hold any other immigration status that they have maintained or acquired while registered for TPS. The Department of Homeland Security urges individuals who do not have another immigration status to use the time before the termination becomes effective in November to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States or to apply for other immigration benefits for which they may be eligible.

Additional information about TPS, contact the Law Offices of Norka M. Schell, LLC at (212) 258-0713.
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LAW OFFICES OF NORKA M. SCHELL, LLC 17 STATE STREET, STE. 4000 NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10004 TEL. (212) 258-0713 / (973) 621-9300 WWW.LAWSCHELL.COM  People immigrating to the United States, including those who want to move to New York, often face several challen...
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