Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

Business-based Immigration

Surviving and Thriving Through the H-1B Cap Lottery Loser Blues: 15 H-1B Alternatives

By Brianne Donovan USCIS has conducted the H-1B cap lottery and by this time, the H-1B cap “winners” (those whose registration was selected) have been notified. If your H-1B registration was not selected in the lottery, the online portal will still say “submitted.” The system will not change to say “denied” or “not selected” until […]

Read More

COVID-19 Immigration Updates – March 30, 2020

By Samantha Davis, Immigration lawyer in Richmond, Va During the COVID-19 pandemic things are changing rapidly so we are receiving updates often, sometimes daily. We’ll be sending out newsletter updates more often than normal, but we want everyone to stay up to date and informed as we receive updates for how immigration related issues will […]

Read More

COVID-19: Information for F-1 International Students in the US

By Samantha Davis, Immigration Lawyer in Richmond, Va Due to the provided guidance regarding COVID-19, colleges and universities have been requiring students to move off campus and have switched classes to remote learning. If you are an international student, you may be concerned about how these changes affect your status. SEVP’s priority is ensuring that […]

Read More

Premium Processing Not Immediately Available for H-1B Cap Cases

USCIS announced on March 17, 2020 that premium processing will not be immediately available for H-1B cap petitions. At this time, USCIS has not suspended premium processing for other types of H-1B petitions ( extensions, transfers, etc). The H-1B premium processing option will resume in phases for H-1B cap cases: For any cases where the […]

Read More

COVID-19 Sumner Immigration Law Update: March 18, 2020

Your Sumner Immigration Law team is with you as we face the COVID-19 health crisis together. We have fielded lots of questions the past few days. While we don’t have a lot of answers yet, we’d like to make sure everyone has the information that we do know now, and we’ll continue to update as […]

Read More

How long will my case take if I use premium processing?

USCIS processing times are at a historic high, and immigration-related anxiety is too! It is understandable that people who are submitting US immigration cases would be anxious to have their case approved as soon as possible. USCIS offers a premium processing option for some types of cases, such as (but not limited to) H-1Bs, certain […]

Read More

I’m an H-1B holder – can I change my job?

An H-1B visa petition is employer-specific. That means that if you have an H-1B petition with employer A, you are only authorized to work for that employer. However, it is possible for an H-1B holder to change jobs, by having a new employer file an  H-1B transfer petition. Even if you do not have an […]

Read More

H-1B Cap 2020: April 1st is Too Late!

A new H-1B Cap registration process is coming soon to a computer near you! USCIS has long pondered the possibility of having H-1B cap employers register their H-1B beneficiaries online to streamline the H-1B cap process. That dream has finally come to fruition, and it will be rolled out this spring! This is an exciting […]

Read More

A Pause on the Public Charge Rule

By Samantha Davis, Richmond Immigration Lawyer On Monday, August 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule amending “public charge” regulations. The new public charge rule redefines whether a visa applicant seeking admission to the US or any applicant for legal permanent residency is considered inadmissible because DHS finds him or […]

Read More

Visa Bulletin Predictions for Beyond October 2019

The AILA Department of State liaison committee has recently met with Charlie Oppenheim, the man behind the curtain of the visa bulletin. This is a summary of what Charlie’s visa bulletin crystal ball is saying right now: Family-Based Categories:  Charlie anticipates that the priority dates in most family-based categories will continue to progress at a […]

Read More
Sumner Immigration Law is LGBTQ-friendly.