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The Immigrant Guide

Volume 2.16.24

February 16, 2024

Below you will find an analysis of the Visa Bulletin issued by the Department of State, which determines the availability of immigrant visas for the different categories of family and work petitions, as well as general information that will help you understand how it works.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule to adjust certain application fees for immigration and naturalization benefits for the first time since 2016. The final rule allows USCIS to recover its operational costs more fully and Enable timely processing of new applications.

Most New Jersey employees now have the right to earned sick leave so they can care for their own physical or mental illness or injury, or that of a loved one; confront domestic or sexual violence against themselves or a family member or to care for their children or attend a conference or event related to their school.

Temporary Disability Insurance offers benefits to NJ employees who are unable to work due to a physical or mental health condition or other disability. On the other hand, Family Leave Insurance provides benefits to NJ employees who cannot work because they need to bond with a new child, care for a family member, or to address certain issues related to domestic or sexual violence.

Employers must participate in state-offered temporary disability and family leave insurance programs and deduct payroll taxes for employees working in NJ, or employers may choose to provide employees with coverage through a private insurance plan that meets NJ requirements.

If you have received unemployment benefits to which you are not entitled, understanding the processes for returning overpayments or requesting waivers is crucial. This article provides answers to common questions about overpayment refunds and waivers, differentiating between federal and state benefits.

By reading this article you will learn more about where you can obtain information about the availability and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, learn about state vaccination events and existing programs for older adults or people in special conditions. 

Effective protection against COVID-19 is crucial to mitigate serious illness, hospitalizations and fatalities. Vaccines such as Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Novavax have effectively prevented serious outcomes. As with other vaccine-preventable diseases, staying up to date with recommended COVID-19 vaccinations is key to optimal protection.

The AARP Tax-Aide Foundation offers free tax assistance to anyone, with a special focus on taxpayers age 50 or older or with low to moderate incomes. Tax-Aide volunteers are located throughout the country and receive IRS training and certification each year to ensure they are aware of and understand the latest changes and additions to the tax code.

The Internal Revenue Service offers a checklist to help taxpayers as they prepare to file their tax returns during this year's filing season. This article includes six simple tips that will help make tax preparation easier in 2024. 

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