Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

Posted in: 2013

Visa Bulletin Predictions for February 2014 and Beyond

The January 2014 visa bulletin was published this week. Sadly, it did not bring glad tidings of great joy, especially for India/EB-2. The Department of State’s Visa Office has recently provided the following information on recent demand in the employment-based immigrant visa categories: There has been unprecedented demand for the India/EB-2 category, which explains the […]

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Green Cards for Postdoctoral Researcher Scholars: Easier to Obtain a Green Card on H-1B than on J-1?

Many postdocs working in the US as research scholars are here on the J-1 visa. The J-1 visa is a temporary visa classification, and it actually does not allow for dual intent. Dual intent refers to the idea that a foreign national can hold a particular temporary visa classification and have the permanent residence (green […]

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December 2013 Visa Bulletin: China and the EB-2/EB-3 Categories – Is a Downgrade Possible?

The December visa bulletin shows that the priority date for China EB-2 is 11/8/2008, while the priority date for China EB-3 is 10/1/2011 – almost three years ahead! This is an unusual circumstance. Most of the time the EB-2 classification is a faster classification, in the sense that the priority date is usually later than […]

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How to find a great EB-1 or NIW immigration attorney

Wondering how to find a great EB-1 or NIW immigration attorney? Check out this list of questions to consider!

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Tips to Avoid (or Reduce the Chances of) an EB-1 RFE

Are you thinking of filing an EB-1 petition as an alien of extraordinary ability or outstanding researcher or professor? Check out our guide for reducing the chances of a request for evidence on your EB-1A or EB-1B case. 

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Government Shutdown and Immigration: How Was My Case Affected & What Are the Next Steps?

The Sumner Immigration Law team was thrilled that the US government reopened on October 17th. While USCIS was still open, the vast majority of our filings (employment-based filings) were impacted by the government closure. Here’s what happened, the long-term effects, and how you can proactively plan for the future to reduce stress and avoid status […]

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Documents Required for H-1B Stamping

The holiday travel season is coming up soon, and people are starting to make holiday travel plans. Foreign nationals here on a nonimmigrant visa such as H-1B must also make sure their visa is valid to return to the US, on top of the other hectic details of arranging for holiday travel. The list below […]

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Visa options for the United States

We have posted here a nonimmigrant visa chart, which outlines the most commonly used temporary visa classifications for the United States including the major requirements and limitations. We hope you find this helpful. As always, please keep in mind that this is general information and cannot be relied on as legal advice. 

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Government Shutdown & Your Immigration Filing

How Will the Government Shutdown Affect My Immigration Filing? As of today, October 1, the US government is under partial shutdown. Fortunately, this does not mean that all is lost (or on hold) for US immigration filings. USCIS: USCIS is open and operating worldwide. This means that the government shutdown should not cause delays with […]

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What will happen to my F2A filing?

We have received many questions over the past few weeks and days about what will happen to F2A cases that were recently filed. Remember, in August and September, the F2A category was “current” meaning many spouses and minor children of permanent residents were able to file for permanent residence themselves.   However, the October visa […]

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