Immigration News

  • Alert: F-1 Students

    October 2, 2014: OPT Alert for F-1 Students: If you are an international student who is applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT) this information could be very important to you. USCIS recently provided the following information concerning the timing of your OPT application. Students who cannot submit their C3B Optional Practical Training (OPT) designation on the Form I-765 within 30 days of the OPT recommendation date in SEVIS should contact their DSOs to cancel the OPT request in SEVIS a…

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  • Immigrant Children

    This week the Syracuse New Times published an article on immigrant children. It describes the journey of Central American children to the US as documented by former Syracuse photographer Michelle Frankfurter. Frankfurter recently published a book, Destino (destination or destiny) based on her experiences traveling in Mexico since 2000 where she photographed and interviewed Central American migrants. Frankfurter’s black and white photographs capture touching personal moments and hardships faced b…

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  • Fee to Expedite Passport

    BUFFALO PASSPORT AGENCY PASSPORT DAY! Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The expedite fee normally charged at this location will be waived on this day for non-emergency cases. Buffalo Passport Agency 111 Genesee Street Suite 101 Buffalo, NY 14203 For passport information, fees, and forms, please visit http://travel.state.gov…

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  • Ebola Immigration Relief

    The Immigration Service announced that it will offer some additional benefits to nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone who are currently in the US as a humanitarian response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Most significantly USCIS will accept change of status and extension of status applications from nationals of the above countries, even if the applicant is out of status. USCIS will also expedite certain immigration applications. For more information visit www.uscis.gov.…

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  • Social Security Card Changes

    The Social Security Administration announced that as of August 1, 2014, they will no longer provide social security cards at the time of an in-person application or soon after the in-person application. It may take up to two weeks to receive the card. Social security card applicants may receive an instant letter online verifying their application by using a Social Security account. For instructions and more information click on the following link. http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/…

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