Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

Family-based Immigration

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a New President): What a Biden Presidency May Mean for Foreign Nationals and Their Employers

By Brianne Donovan, Sumner Immigration Law Clerk *Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of policies nor a guarantee. Further, this article does not serve as political commentary. President-elect Joe Biden will likely pursue an immigration strategy that is significantly different from that of President Donald Trump. The Trump administration has focused on […]

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Trump Extends H-1B and Other Immigration-Related Travel Bans

By Brianne Donovan, Sumner Immigration Law Clerk In April 2020 and June 2020, Trump issued two different proclamations that banned certain foreign nationals from entering the US. The Proclamations were enacted purportedly to protect the U.S. labor market for U.S. employees due to the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Proclamation 10014 affects certain immigrant […]

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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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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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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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Five Immigration Changes You Need to Know About Now: August 2020

August is a busy month for many people, with lots of vacations, preparing to go back to school (whatever that looks like this year!), and enjoying the last days of summer. But the immigration changes keep rolling in. Here’s a snapshot of what you need to know now! Public charge rule is not in effect/ […]

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USCIS Filing Fee Changes, Premium Processing Timeline Changes, New Forms, and More!

On Monday, August 3rd, USCIS will publish the final rule (regulation) outlining the filing fee changes, and other changes, that will become effective October 2, 2020. Why is USCIS Changing the Filing Fees? USCIS reviews and sometimes changes the filing fees associated with filing for different kinds of immigration benefits once every few years. At […]

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USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Certain Agency Requests

Due to COVID-19, USCIS previously announced in March that the agency would allow flexibility in responding to certain agency requests by the listed deadline in order to assist applicants and petitioners. USCIS has chosen to extend the deadline flexibility to September. This flexibility applies to the below requests if the issuance date listed on the […]

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