Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

Business-based Immigration

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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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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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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Trump and H-1Bs: What’s Going On?

Our office is fielding lots of questions these days from H-1B employees and employers wondering how the H-1B program will be affected by the new administration, and/or by new laws that are currently being proposed in Congress. The short answer is that we just don’t know what will happen in the future, but that there […]

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Immigration Executive Order # 3: “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”

Beyond various agency reporting and data collection requirements, this order affects various refugee and immigration programs. The order suspends the entry of nationals from certain designated countries for 90 days. The designated countries currently are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. This means that foreign nationals who are citizens of these countries are […]

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Ready or Not, Here It Comes: H-1B Filing Season Is Around the Corner!

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is behind us, but a new hustle and bustle is just descending upon us: H-1B filing season! Each year there is a limit of 65,000 new H-1B visas available, with an additional 20,000 for US master’s degree holders. The past several years USCIS has received thousands more […]

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F-1 Students: Make Sure Your School Is Still Accredited!

The US Department of Education announced on Dec. 12, 2016 that it no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency. It is not requires that all SEVP-certified schools be accredited. However, ESL programs must be accredited. Further, F-1 students who would like to apply for a 24 […]

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