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Useful Immigration Links

VARIOUS U.S. CITIZENSHIP & IMMIGRATION (USCIS) WEB SITES

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):
This is the web site for what was formally known as INS.

USCIS-Forms/Fees Page

USCIS-Online Status Page and Processing Times

USCIS-National Customer Service Center Information

USCIS-Resources for New Immigrants

USCIS-Naturalization Home Page

USCIS-Info Pass Appointment Scheduler

USCIS-Finding a Designated Immigration Physician

USCIS-How to Change Your Address

USCIS-Photo Standards / Requirements

USCIS-Frequently Asked Questions

USCIS-Recently Released Public Information

PETITION AND CONSULATE PROCESSING TIMES

USCIS-Check the status of your pending petition 

Department of Labor Processing times for Labor Certification petitions

Visa Bulletin: 
Contains waiting period for various family-based and employment-based petitions.

National Benefits Center Processing times of national benefits

Consular Visa Wait Times

ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES

Census Information:
This site gives you the NAICS codes that are needed for the I-129 W form.

Department of Labor– Home Web Page:
United States Department of Labor for PERM Labor Certification Applications

Illinois Department of Public Health:
Website for the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and information for  physician J-1 Visa Waivers and National Interest Waivers.

U.S Department of Health and Human Services:
US Department of Health & Human Services - Describes requirements for designation as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and guidelines regarding Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) and Medically Underserved Populations.  (MUP) for the various Physician J-1 Visa Waiver and National Interest Waiver Programs
  
Social Security Administration –Information about social security cards

Department of Homeland Security

Bureau of Consular Affairs: 
This is the web site for the Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Department of State:
United States Department of State

FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES (FMG/IMG) and J-1 VISA WAIVERS FOR PHYSICIANS

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates:
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)-Website for foreign medical graduates for sitting for the various US visa qualifying examinations and requirements. Describes the exams necessary for physicians to qualify for H-1B visa status also.

Conrad-30 Waiver Program Contacts-Information about the J-1 Visa Waiver Program:
Illinois Department of Public Health-Describes Illinois Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program for Physicians; Provides support letters for physician national interest waiver applications.

J-1 Visa Waiver Application
J-1 Visa Waiver Application and Case Status Inquiry

Appalachian Regional Commission - J-1 Visa Waiver Program for Physicians:
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) - J-1 Visa waiver program for physicians and Doctors

Delta Regional Authority  - J-1 Visa Waiver Program for Physicians:
The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) - J-1 Visa Waiver Program for Physicians and Doctors

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Physician J-1 Visa Waiver Program:
US Department of Health & Human Services - Physician J-1 Visa Waiver Programs
 
U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs- Physician J-1 visa waiver programs:
US Department of Veteran's Affairs - Physician J-1 visa waiver programs Description, Qualifications and Application Procedures

Physician/Healthcare Worker Recruitment:
Health professional recruitment/retention resources for rural areas and J-1 visa physicians and other health care professionals. Also contains publications and helpful articles on J-1 visa waivers for physicians

J-1 Waiver Contacts and Help-List of the state J-1 Visa Waiver contacts:
Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver for Physicians - This provides the various state contacts and coordinators for the Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program for Physicians. Also provides support for physician national interest waiver petitions.

Medically Underserved Areas:
Website to find out which areas are designated as medically underserved areas: HPSA, MUP or MUA.

Information on Health Professionals Shortage Areas (HPSA):
Website to find out statistical information for areas designated as medically underserved, HPSA, MUA and MUP for J-1 and National Interest Waiver Physicians

To Locate Census Tract Numbers:
Determines the Census Tract Numbers for use in determining HPSA, MUA, MUP status and HPSA score of particular locations for physician J-1 visa waivers and national interest waiver applications

Department of Labor: 
This site gives you information on PERM Labor Certification Petitions.

Department of Labor:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Labor Certifications, A/K/A, PERM.

Department of Labor:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about H-1B Petitions.  
 
IMMIGRATION COURTS & RELATED INFORMATION 

Chicago Immigration Court: Chicago immigration court website
 

BIA Practice Manual: Web site of the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Administrative Appeals Office

OTHER USEFUL IMMIGRATION LINKS

Immigration Links:
A website with an abundance of information on immigration matters.

AILA:
This is the home page for American Immigration Lawyers Association. It gives a great wealth of information on aspects of immigration law.

Immigration Law Information: 
Website with Immigration Law Updates.

US Embassies and Consulates

Foreign Embassies in the United States

Occupational Outlook Handbook