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Candidates May Have to Travel Farther for USCIS Interviews

To reduce processing times for naturalization and green card applications at its busiest field offices, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced it will transfer cases and USCIS interviews to less-busy offices.   That means if you file either Form N-400, Application for Naturalization or Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status…

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Marijuana Hurts Your Immigration, Citizenship Chances

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently clarified that violating the federal controlled substance law, including violations involving marijuana, will make it difficult to establish a good moral character for the naturalization process. Marijuana can create other immigration difficulties as well. Founding partner Sophie Alcorn wrote about cannabis and immigration law last year. Even if…

No More Visas for Biotech, AI, and Robotics?

The U.S. Commerce Department could place limits on which companies can sponsor H-1B and O-1A visas. Commerce is evaluating designating artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and other categories as “emerging technologies” that will be subject to export controls. That could pose challenges for tech startups founded by international entrepreneurs or those employing—or looking to employ—foreign talent. If…