Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

US Immigration: Five Things You Need to Know Now!

August is a busy month for many people, with lots of vacations, preparing to go back to school (whatever that looks like this year!), and enjoying the last days of summer. But the immigration changes keep rolling in. Here’s a snapshot of what you need to know now! The public charge rule has been suspended […]

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Five Immigration Changes You Need to Know About Now: August 2020

August is a busy month for many people, with lots of vacations, preparing to go back to school (whatever that looks like this year!), and enjoying the last days of summer. But the immigration changes keep rolling in. Here’s a snapshot of what you need to know now! Public charge rule is not in effect/ […]

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USCIS Filing Fee Changes, Premium Processing Timeline Changes, New Forms, and More!

On Monday, August 3rd, USCIS will publish the final rule (regulation) outlining the filing fee changes, and other changes, that will become effective October 2, 2020. Why is USCIS Changing the Filing Fees? USCIS reviews and sometimes changes the filing fees associated with filing for different kinds of immigration benefits once every few years. At […]

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USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Certain Agency Requests

Due to COVID-19, USCIS previously announced in March that the agency would allow flexibility in responding to certain agency requests by the listed deadline in order to assist applicants and petitioners. USCIS has chosen to extend the deadline flexibility to September. This flexibility applies to the below requests if the issuance date listed on the […]

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F-1 Students – Caution Ahead! SEVP Issues Updated Guidance for Online Classes

By Samantha Davis, Immigration Lawyer, Richmond, VA Regulations require F and M students to limit online classes to one class or three credit hours per semester. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) originally instituted a temporary exemption that allowed F and M students to take more online courses than normally allowed for purposes of […]

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USCIS Furlough: What Will Happen?

USCIS has reportedly emailed notice to thousands of USCIS employees that they may be furloughed beginning August 3, 2020. The agency says that they are facing a budget shortfall, and that if they don’t receive emergency funding of $1.2 billion from Congress, they will have to furlough up to 13,400 employees beginning in August. USCIS […]

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Spreading the Wealth: Immigration Increases Employment Rates for U.S. Workers

By Brianne Donovan, Sumner Immigration Law Clerk In light of recent immigration restrictions, we would like to remind everyone of the economic benefit (among many other benefits) that immigrants bring to the United States. Recently, the Business Roundtable created a study examining the positive economic impact that immigration creates. The report found that immigration increases: […]

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When Will USCIS Reopen? June 2020 Update

By Samantha Davis & Nikita Hernandez On June 18, 2020 USCIS held a webinar open to the public to discuss their reopening procedures and intended schedules. Please see a summary below and how it may affect your case. On March 18, USCIS temporarily suspended routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and application […]

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Sumner Immigration Law is an organization that is dedicated to anti-racism

We recognize that Black people in the U.S. have suffered from systemic racism, oppression, injustice, inequality, and violence for over 400 years. This racism and oppression are woven into the fabric of our country. We recognize that even though we may not mean to participate in the furtherance of these injustices, we do so inadvertently […]

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Temporary Suspension of H, L, and J Visas – What You Need to Know

On April 22, 2020, Donald Trump issued a proclamation that restricts the entry of certain type of immigrants (foreign nationals entering the US as legal permanent residents of the US). Late on June 22, 2020, Mr. Trump issued an update on that proclamation, which extends and expands the proclamation. What does this mean? This means […]

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Sumner Immigration Law is LGBTQ-friendly.