Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

How long will my case take if I use premium processing?

USCIS processing times are at a historic high, and immigration-related anxiety is too! It is understandable that people who are submitting US immigration cases would be anxious to have their case approved as soon as possible. USCIS offers a premium processing option for some types of cases, such as (but not limited to) H-1Bs, certain […]

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I’m an H-1B holder – can I change my job?

An H-1B visa petition is employer-specific. That means that if you have an H-1B petition with employer A, you are only authorized to work for that employer. However, it is possible for an H-1B holder to change jobs, by having a new employer file an  H-1B transfer petition. Even if you do not have an […]

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Want to vote in 2020? It may not be too late to naturalize!

As you may have noticed, the 2020 presidential election campaigns are gearing up! The November 2020 presidential election is sure to be a historical vote, regardless of the outcome, and the right to vote and have a voice in our democracy is one of the hallmarks of the US political system. However, you must be […]

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H-1B Cap 2020: April 1st is Too Late!

A new H-1B Cap registration process is coming soon to a computer near you! USCIS has long pondered the possibility of having H-1B cap employers register their H-1B beneficiaries online to streamline the H-1B cap process. That dream has finally come to fruition, and it will be rolled out this spring! This is an exciting […]

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File Now or Pay (More) Later! USCIS Filing Fees Set to Increase!

By Samantha Davis, Immigration Lawyer in Richmond, VA On Friday November 8, 2019 USCIS announced a proposed rule that would change the USCIS fee schedule. The changes include increases and decreases to existing fees, adding new fees, and the introduction of several new forms. USCIS claims that the proposed fee rule accounts for increased costs […]

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Q & A with Sumner Immigration Law Office Administrator Cyndi Dambacher

Q: Tell us about your background. Where did you go to school/what did you study/where did you work previously? A: I grew up in Los Angeles, California and initially enrolled as a Business major at Santa Monica College before moving on to work in the legal field. I spent many years as a Legal Assistant […]

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A Pause on the Public Charge Rule

By Samantha Davis, Richmond Immigration Lawyer On Monday, August 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule amending “public charge” regulations. The new public charge rule redefines whether a visa applicant seeking admission to the US or any applicant for legal permanent residency is considered inadmissible because DHS finds him or […]

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Visa Bulletin Predictions for Beyond October 2019

The AILA Department of State liaison committee has recently met with Charlie Oppenheim, the man behind the curtain of the visa bulletin. This is a summary of what Charlie’s visa bulletin crystal ball is saying right now: Family-Based Categories:  Charlie anticipates that the priority dates in most family-based categories will continue to progress at a […]

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New Public Charge Rule: September 2019 Update

The public charge rule was announced a little less than a month ago, and will take effect October 15th, 2019. We wrote about the rule when it the final rule was announced, and we now have some additional information, which we’re sharing below. What is “public charge”? A public charge refers generally to a person […]

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Why is My H-4 Application Taking So Long?

In March, 2019, USCIS announced that H-4 applications will require that all applicants be fingerprinted as part of the application process. With this change, USCIS has also changed the I-539 form used for the H-4 application, has added a new form, form I-539A for dependents included on the application to sign, and requires an $85 […]

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