Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

Posted in: June, 2013

DOMA is Dead: Immigration Benefits for Lesbian and Gay Couples Now Available!

This week, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional. This decision will impact thousands of benefits for same-sex couples, and one of particular interest to us is immigration benefits.   As a result of the decision, USCIS and other US federal agencies that deal with […]

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Have You Received An I-485 RFE Recently?

Numerous immigration attorneys and green card applicants are reporting receiving Requests for Evidence (RFEs), especially from the Texas Service Center, for pending I-485s. It seems the RFEs are requesting proof of continued employment authorization, and sometimes a letter from the applicant’s current employer, among other items.  This uptick in RFEs could be because USCIS anticipates […]

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Visa Bulletin Predictions – July 2013

The visa bulletin for July 2013 has just been published. No, the priority dates for EB-2 India still have not advanced. However, the visa bulletin does include some interesting forecasts for the August and September 2013 visa bulletins. Specifically: It is predicted that the F2A category (in the realm of family-based immigration; this includes Spouses […]

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Transitioning from J-1 Visa to Green Card: Seven Ways to Avoid Delays and Denials

We work with many clients who are applying for a “fast-track” green card, that is applying as an alien of extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher or professor, or applying for the national interest waiver. Frequently, those clients are either currently on a J-1 visa and now want to apply for the green card, or they were […]

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What Are the Requirements for the EB-1 Visa (Alien of Extraordinary Ability/Outstanding Researcher or Professor) or National Interest Waiver Petition?

Are you thinking of applying for the EB-1 Alien of Extraordinary/Outstanding Researcher or Professor visa classification? Or perhaps the EB-2 National Interest Waiver? If so, you may find it helpful to have a list of the types of documentation that is required for these applications. While not every type of documentation is required for each […]

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