Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a New President): What a Biden Presidency May Mean for Foreign Nationals and Their Employers

By Brianne Donovan, Sumner Immigration Law Clerk *Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of policies nor a guarantee. Further, this article does not serve as political commentary. President-elect Joe Biden will likely pursue an immigration strategy that is significantly different from that of President Donald Trump. The Trump administration has focused on […]

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Trump Extends H-1B and Other Immigration-Related Travel Bans

By Brianne Donovan, Sumner Immigration Law Clerk In April 2020 and June 2020, Trump issued two different proclamations that banned certain foreign nationals from entering the US. The Proclamations were enacted purportedly to protect the U.S. labor market for U.S. employees due to the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Proclamation 10014 affects certain immigrant […]

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Why is my H-4 and H-4 EAD Taking So Long and What Can I Do?

So many US immigration processes are taking longer than expected these days, and the H-4/H-4 EAD processing is no exception. We’ve received lots of questions over the past few months about why it’s taking so long and what you can expect. Here is a run down of what’s going on with H-4 and H-4 EADs. […]

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H-1B Rules from DOL and DHS Set Aside!

On December 1, 2020, the court in Chamber of Commerce v. DHS set aside the DOL regulations and the DHS regulations that were issued without the notice and comment period typically required by the Administrative Procedures Act. We are thrilled about this decision and what it means for our clients. Read on for a summary […]

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Major Shake-Up in the H-1B World: Three Things To Watch For

The past couple of weeks three major proposed regulations have been announced, which will significantly affect H-1B processing: DOL Prevailing Wage Interim Final Rule: This rule went into effect within 36 hours of being published, and took effect October 8, 2020. The DOL effectively changed the way that they calculate the wage levels for prevailing […]

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Covid & Consular Post Updates: K-1s, Immigrant Visa Interviews, and USCIS Interviews

Many of our clients have been patiently waiting for their interviews at the US consulate overseas or with USCIS to be rescheduled following agency closures due to the Covid pandemic. Unfortunately, many of our clients, and other applicants, are still waiting for interviews. However, others have had their interviews scheduled and their cases are moving […]

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USCIS Fee Changes Halted as of 9/29/2020

The new regulation that would have increased USCIS filing fees by a weighted average of 21%, among other changes, has been enjoined by a federal court as of late on Tuesday, September 29th. We wrote about the new regulation in August on this post. This means that the new regulation, with the new USCIS filing […]

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October 2020 Visa Bulletin: FAQs for I-485 Preparation

Our office is in full swing I-485 prep mode, helping clients old and new file the I-485 application for adjustment of status, and sometimes a concurrent I-140 downgrade. We are list the Frequently Asked Questions and answers here, as a point of reference. If you would like more information from us about the I-485 process, […]

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Can I downgrade my EB-2 I-140 petition to EB-3?

With the October 2020 visa bulletin dropping this morning, we’ve received lots of questions about whether it’s possible to file an I-140 petition “downgrade” to EB-3. The answer is yes, it likely is! This refers to a situation in which a foreign national has an I-140 petition approved in the EB-2 category (for positions that […]

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October Visa Bulletin Is Out: But What’s Next?

As immigration law professionals, we have been sitting on the edge of our seats for days now, waiting for the October visa bulletin to be released. It finally dropped early the morning, and it looks like it’s good news for thousands of would-be green card applicants, who may finally be able to file their I-485 […]

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