Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

H-1B Cap Update: June 2017

About a month ago, we published this H-1B cap update. As of the date of today’s posting, our office has started receiving the following  in connection with H-1B cap filings:  H-1B cap approvals H-1B cap requests for evidence (RFEs) A few H-1B cap rejections – petitions not selected in the H-1B lottery We realize that […]

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Beware of Immigration Scams!

We have heard reports from clients and the immigration community at large about on-going immigration scams targeting foreign nationals in the US. These scams can take many forms. One of the more common scams involves the foreign national, often here in valid immigration status, receiving a call from someone who says they are an immigration […]

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USCIS Completes H-1B Cap Data Entry – Should You Worry Yet?

USCIS announced on May 3rd that they have completed data entry for the H-1B petitions selected in the H-1B cap lottery. What does this mean for you, and should you worry  if you do not have a receipt yet? As promised, we have sent out H-1B receipt notices to employers as soon as we have […]

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Is There an H-1B Grace Period?

Throughout my years of practicing immigration law, one of the most common client questions has been “Is there an H-1B grace period?” and “Is there a grace period if I am laid off while on H-1B?” For all these years, I have had to respond that sadly there is no such thing. However, that has […]

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Visa Bulletin Predictions – June 2017 and Beyond

The man behind the visa bulletin, Charlie Oppenheim, has recently shared some of his predictions and insights into the visa bulletin with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). The highlights include: EB-1 and EB-2 Worldwide: There has been a “dramatic” increase in the demand in these categories, and there may be a cut-off date over […]

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Can I Visit the US While the I-130 Petition Is In Process?

When we assist couples or families with the I-130 petition and consular processing, or the K-1 fiancée visa, clients often ask if the foreign national family member can enter the US to visit while the petition is in process, or while waiting for the consular processing portion of the process to play out. Our answer […]

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INA § 264(e) – Documentation of Immigration Status

Several clients have recently asked about the requirement to carry documentation of their immigration status with them at all times. This is not a new requirement. The requirement comes from the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)  § 264(e), which states:   (e) Every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall at all times carry […]

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H-1B Premium Processing Suspended Indefinitely: File Now or Wait!

USCIS has announced that starting April 3, 2017, they will suspend the premium processing option for H-1B petitions for an indefinite amount of time. USCIS has indicated that the suspension may last up to six months. Here’s what you need to know now: Why did they suspend the premium processing for H-1Bs? USCIS says that […]

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Trump Travel Ban, Take 2

In January, the Trump administration issued an executive order that many referred to as a “travel ban.” The travel ban applied to nationals of seven countries. Ultimately several federal courts put a temporary hold on the executive order, and as a result the Trump administration withdrew the executive order. The administration issued a new executive […]

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Travelling in the Age of Trump

Many of our clients, including H-1B visa holders, are concerned about traveling outside of the US and returning in light of Mr. Trump’s recent executive orders. As of the time of this writing, the “travel ban” that was the center of one of the executive orders has been temporarily stayed. Therefore, travel has generally resumed […]

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