Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

I Lost My Job on H-1B (or other nonimmigrant visa status): What are My Options?

By Brianne Donovan, Sumner Immigration Law Clerk Unemployment is always concerning, and now the possibility at the forefront of everyone’s mind right now as we face the economic uncertainties of the coronavirus. When faced with an unexpected lay off or furlough it is especially important for foreign workers on non-immigrant visas to make sure they […]

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Unemployment Benefits and Foreign Nationals – Part Three: How Does Receiving Benefits Impact My Future Applications?

By Samantha Davis, Richmond, Va Immigration Lawyer We understand the uncertainty and stress that has unfolded in 2020, amidst a pandemic, concerning immigration announcements, and job instability for many. While we may not be able to eradicate these issues, we are releasing a series of blog posts to provide clarity during this uncertain time. This […]

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Unemployment Benefits and Foreign Nationals – Part Two: The CARES Act

By Samantha Davis, Richmond, Va Immigration Lawyer We understand the uncertainty and stress that has unfolded in 2020, amidst a pandemic, concerning immigration announcements, and job instability for many. While we may not be able to eradicate these issues, we are releasing a series of blog posts to provide clarity during this uncertain time. This […]

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Unemployment Benefits and Foreign Nationals – Part One: Am I Eligible?

By Samantha Davis, Richmond Immigration Lawyer We understand the uncertainty and stress many are facing with increased immigration changes and job instability, especially during the pandemic. We have written a series of blog posts to provide some clarity regarding unemployment insurance during this uncertain time. This blog series will cover the following topics: (1) Eligibility […]

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CPT Students: Be Ready for the RFE!

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a program that some F-1 students participate in when their course of study requires an internship, externship, or other hands-on work experience as part of the coursework. When an F-1 student who is working on CPT submits an H-1B petition requesting a change of status, USCIS will often issue a […]

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Presidential Proclamation Suspending the Entry of Certain Immigrants into the US: What You Should Know

By Samantha Davis, Richmond Immigration  Lawyer On April 22, 2020 Donald Trump signed a proclamation suspending and limiting the entry of certain immigrants into the United States. The order became effective at 11:59pm EST April 23, 2020 and will last at minimum 60 days. Who is impacted? Foreign nationals who are outside of the United […]

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Surviving and Thriving Through the H-1B Cap Lottery Loser Blues: 15 H-1B Alternatives

By Brianne Donovan USCIS has conducted the H-1B cap lottery and by this time, the H-1B cap “winners” (those whose registration was selected) have been notified. If your H-1B registration was not selected in the lottery, the online portal will still say “submitted.” The system will not change to say “denied” or “not selected” until […]

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Covid-19 & Green Card Holders

First, a note on terminology: A lawful permanent resident (LPR) is the same thing as a permanent resident and as a green card holder. All of these terms mean the same thing. In addition, the information below applies to both LPRs and conditional residents as well. The novel coronavirus has thrown the entire world for […]

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COVID-19 Immigration Updates – March 30, 2020

By Samantha Davis, Immigration lawyer in Richmond, Va During the COVID-19 pandemic things are changing rapidly so we are receiving updates often, sometimes daily. We’ll be sending out newsletter updates more often than normal, but we want everyone to stay up to date and informed as we receive updates for how immigration related issues will […]

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COVID-19: Information for F-1 International Students in the US

By Samantha Davis, Immigration Lawyer in Richmond, Va Due to the provided guidance regarding COVID-19, colleges and universities have been requiring students to move off campus and have switched classes to remote learning. If you are an international student, you may be concerned about how these changes affect your status. SEVP’s priority is ensuring that […]

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