Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

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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Form I-944 Fun: The Latest Update from USCIS

The Form I-944 relating to Trump’s “new” requirements on the public charge has been required for most adjustment of status filings, then not required, and all over the place in between due to ongoing federal litigation for most of 2020. We last wrote about it in August, when it was announced that it was not […]

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Voting Series Part 1: Can I Vote?

By Samantha Davis, Immigration Lawyer in Richmond, VA With the upcoming Presidential election, Sumner Immigration has decided to create a series of posts on voting. We hope that this information will allow you to confidently register to vote, know whether you can request a mail-in or absentee ballot and how to ensure an effortless voting […]

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USCIS and Department of State Updates Including K-1 Visas: September 2020

USCIS and Department of State are both slowly reopening following Covid-related closures. However, both agencies have changed their practices to adapt to the ongoing pandemic. Here are the policy and scheduling changes we are seeing as of September 2020: USCIS: USCIS furlough is cancelled – for now! USCIS has cancelled the furlough that was supposed […]

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Extending visitor’s visa status – options for the Covid-Era

The past several months, we have fielded lots of questions about what to do when a family member is visiting in the US on a visitor’s visa (B-1/B-2) and cannot return to their home country when they originally planned due to the pandemic. Let’s say that your mother Anita is visiting from overseas. She originally […]

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