Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

Posted in: March, 2012

AILA Citizenship Day is Coming to Richmond!

Each year, the American Immigration Lawyers Association sponsors “Citizenship Day” in which workshops are held at various sites around the country to assist permanent residents to apply for citizenship on a pro bono basis (i.e. for free). Attorney Emily Sumner is organizing this pro bono community event in Richmond! What: Eligible legal permanent residents (green card […]

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Syrians to be granted TPS!

USCIS has recently announced that Syria will be designated as a TPS country. TPS stands for “Temporary Protected Status.” The Secretary of Homeland Security can grant TPS for nationals of certain countries due to dangerous conditions in that country. The conditions can be the result of a natural disaster, such as the earthquake in Haiti, or […]

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Top Five Things the H-1B Employer and Employee Must Know

Numerical limit/annual cap: There is an annual cap of 65,000 H-1Bs available every year, plus an additional 20,000 H-1Bs for US master’s degree holders. US Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (USCIS) fiscal year begins October 1. Therefore this is technically the first day that new H-1B employees can begin work. An H-1B petition may be filed […]

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What is the current AAO processing time?

The Administrative Appeals Office adjudicates immigration cases that have been appealed from a denial by USCIS. If an immigration filing is denied, the applicant or petitioner may sometimes have the option of appealing the decision, or of re-filing a new case. The decision of whether to appeal or re-file a petition or application is certainly […]

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How to file a successful H-1B petition – Part 2 (How to prove the employer-employee relationship!)

In the previous post, I reviewed the key requirements for a successful H-1B petition. The last part of that post was about how the employer must prove a need for the position. On a related note, the employer must clearly establish the employee-employer relationship. That is, USCIS must be convinced that the petitioning employer (the […]

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How to file a successful H-1B petition – Part 1

The H-1B petition for specialty occupation workers is one of the most popular visa classifications used. However, having an H-1B petition approved is not as easy as submitting the required forms and submitting the prospective H-1B employee’s resume and degrees. Rather, crafting the successful H-1B petition depends on the preparer artfully addressing a series of […]

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Prediction for H-1B Cap FY 2013

H-1B filing season is upon us! There is an annual limit of 65,000 H-1B visas available every year, with an additional 20,000 visas available for US master’s degree holders. Note that this cap only applies to new cases; not to H-1B transfers or extensions. The first day an employer can file the H-1B petition for […]

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