Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

USCIS Secure Mail Delivery: Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You!

By Cyndi Dambacher & Nikita Hernandez of Sumner Immigration Law Effective immediately USCIS will begin phasing in United States Postal Service’s (USPS) Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service to mail Green Cards and other secure documents. What does this mean for you? If you are waiting for a Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green […]

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The RFEs Are Coming! The RFEs are Coming!

It’s no secret that the RFE (request for evidence) rate for H-1Bs and other types of immigration filings have increased tremendously during the Trump administration. The RFE rate for H-1B petitions alone increased by 45% last year over the previous year, and we expect the same if not more this year. This increase in RFE […]

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What’s New with USCIS Processing Times?

It’s no secret that USCIS processing times have increased across the board for nearly all types of immigration filings in the past year or so. It can be frustrating for employers, employees, and family members who are anxiously awaiting a decision on a case from USCIS. USCIS has announced a pilot program to try to […]

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H-1Bs and H-4 EADs Under Trump: What’s Fact, What’s Fiction, and What’s Coming?

The past year or so has brought plenty of changes for those of us living in the employment-based immigration world. One year ago this April, the Trump administration published the Buy American, Hire American executive order. As immigration attorneys who practice employment-based immigration law, we have seen numerous changes in the way petitions are adjudicated […]

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Heads Up: Surreptitious Change for Off-Site Placements for STEM OPT Extensions

By Immigration Lawyers Chris Generous and Emily Sumner Employers and certain foreign students who have graduated from US universities have enjoyed the extended STEM OPT period for a few years now. Employers have successfully placed STEM OPT students at offsite client sites until now, as it has not been prohibited by the regulations, as long […]

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Visa Bulletin Predictions for June 2018 and Beyond!

Each month the American Immigration Lawyers Association has a “check-in” with Charlie Oppenheim, the man behind the curtain of the visa bulletin. During this check-in, Mr. Oppenheim provides us with his own insights and analysis of current green card demand, and predictions about what might happen in the coming months. In April 2018, Mr. Oppenheim […]

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H-4 EAD Update: The End is Further Away Than We Thought

It has long been rumored that the Trump administration would issue regulations to eliminate the H-4 EAD provisions. In fact, earlier this year, we thought that the proposed rules would be issued at any time. However, the Department of Homeland Security has recently confirmed through a filing in connection with the lawsuit Save Jobs USA v. […]

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H-4 EADs: The end of the road?

We have fielded lots of calls and emails in recent weeks from clients panicked that the Trump administration will take away H-4 EADs. It is entirely possible that this would happen, but if it does, it will not happen overnight. The H-4 EADs came into being through a change in the regulations. This means that […]

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FDNS Site Visits: Be Prepared and Proactive!

By Chris Generous, Sumner Immigration Law Attorney FDNS site visits happen! If you are an employer who has filed a nonimmigrant visa petition for an R-1 (religious worker), or an H-1B or L-1 petition, you and your employees should be prepared for site visits from government officers. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) conducts administrative […]

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What You Can Do While Waiting For The Work Permit Approval

By Nikita Hernandez, Paralegal at Sumner Immigration Law Generally speaking, when a person applies for a green card in the US by submitting the I-485 application for adjustment of status, they cannot work in the US until they receive the work permit (also known as an employment authorization document, or EAD) in hand. Unfortunately, USCIS […]

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