Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

H-1B Premium Processing Is Suspended

Today, USCIS announced that they are extending the H-1B premium processing program for H-1B cap cases until at least 2/19/2019, and that they are extending the H-1B premium processing suspension for certain other types of H-1B petitions. What does this mean? Please refer to our handy chart below for insight on how much you should […]

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What to Expect When Placing a Service Request with USCIS

We carefully monitor the status of the cases that we have filed with USCIS for our clients. Occasionally, if a case is not proceeding as expected or we encounter another issue that needs to be addressed by USCIS, we may find it necessary to place a Service Request. USCIS allows the following reasons for Service […]

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NTA Policy On Hold — For Now

Earlier this month, we wrote about two new major policy changes with US immigration: 1) a policy memo was issued that directed USCIS to issue a Notice to Appear (NTA) when a petition or application was denied, leaving the beneficiary or applicant out of status, and 2) a memo allowing USCIS officers to flat out […]

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Double Down: New Dangers of Deportation Even for Legal Immigrants- Proceed with Great Caution

These are difficult times in the US immigration landscape, even for foreign nationals who are in the US legally. We often hear in the news about the separation of children whose parents are seeking asylum in the US, the de-naturalization task force, or processing backlogs. We hear less in the news about the new restrictionist, […]

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How Can You Avoid an H-1B RFE: Part 2 – Duration of Project and End Client Letters

Yesterday we wrote about some of the common themes in H-1B RFEs these days. Today we continue that discussion with a look at some issues that affect primarily (but not exclusively) IT professionals placed at third-party clients sites. Duration of the Project/Availability of Specialty Occupation Work Unless a person is running of time in H-1B […]

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How Can You Avoid an H-1B RFE? Part 1: Specialty Occupation RFEs

These are tough times for US immigration, and the challenges are not just limited to the border crisis. The current administration is building an invisible wall, brick by brick, to prevent even highly educated, skilled professionals from joining the US workforce, and remaining a vital part of our economy. So it would seem the short […]

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Visa Bulletin Predictions: July 2018 & Beyond!

Each month a representative from the American Immigration Lawyers Association meets with Charlie Oppenheim, the man behind the visa bulletin curtain, to get a sense of how the priority dates may advance (or not!) in the coming months. In June’s meeting, Charlie made the following observations and predictions: EB-1 China and India: He expects the […]

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I-751 Conditional Residence Processing Delays, Receipt Delays, and a Solution?

USCIS has traditionally taken a long time to process the I-751 petitions to remove the conditions on a marriage-based green card — we typically tell clients it will take around a year if everything goes as expected. However, in this current presidential administration, almost everything immigration-related is taking longer, and this includes I-751 processing. When […]

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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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