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J-2 spouse AOS victory!

In a decision dated November 30, 2011, A#: 200984146/LIN1190536914, the Nebraska Service Center found that a former J-2, who had never held J-1 status, who was covered by the former J-1’s Conrad State 30 can adjust status independently of the former J-1, while the former J-1 is still completing...

Foreign Workers' Spouses Often Stuck in Limbo

"Looking back now, Pallavi Dua admits she wasn’t prepared for the frustration of being surrounded by jobs for which she easily qualified but which were off-limits to her under U.S. immigration laws. The wife of a Microsoft software engineer here on an H-1B visa, Dua’s status as an H...

DHS: Implementation of Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA

"Statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano: “After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication...

Bad Timing, Alberto: BIA Confirms Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses after U.S. v. Windsor

"Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, along with an immigration attorney, David Strange, published an Op Ed in the New York Times entitled What the Court Didn’t Say on July 17, 2013. They muddy the waters by contending that despite the recent Supreme Court decision in United States v...

CISOMB Recommendations: Employment Eligibility for Derivatives of Conrad State 30 Physician Program

"Impact on the Public International medical graduates in the United States make important contributions in clinical care in underserved areas, as well as research and teaching. These recommendations, issued by the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, seek to ensure that spouses of...

Advance Copy of Proposed Rule: Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses

"The Department of Homeland Security proposes to extend the availability of employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of principal H-1B nonimmigrants. The extension would be limited to H-4 dependent spouses of principal H-1B nonimmigrants who are in the process of seeking lawful...

Controversy Over Spouses Of Tech-Savvy Immigrants Working In US

"What does the new plan mean for the tech industry and the economy? Host Michel Martin speaks with immigration law professor Laura Murray-Tjan and Vinny Lingham, entrepreneur and immigrant from South Africa." - NPR, May 9, 2014 .

212(e) Guidance for J-2 spouse of J-1 MAVNI - USCIS

"USCIS HQ Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2015 11:36 AM Subject: Guidance for J2 spouse of J1 MAVNI Good Morning, USCIS Field Office Directorate (FOD), Citizenship Branch, has shared the following guidance with its field offices. Please disseminate to any personnel who are involved in the...

Lawsuit Challenges EADs for H-4 Spouses

"A group representing former Southern California Edison Co. computer workers launched a suit in Washington, D.C., federal court Thursday challenging a U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulation that authorizes certain H-1B dependent spouses who possess H-4 visas to work, saying the rule robs...

USCIS Policy Memo on VAWA Authorized EADs

USCIS, Mar. 8, 2016 - "This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers regarding the amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) that expands eligibility for employment authorization to battered spouses of certain nonimmigrants...