Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

Top Twelve Things an Employer Should Know about the H-1B

1.       What is an H-1B visa? The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant (meaning not permanent residence/green card) visa for professionals who hold specialty occupations. Specialty occupation is defined as a position that requires the “theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge” and that requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent as a minimum […]

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Friday Fun Facts!

1. Sumner Immigration Law has a new web page – check out our upcoming events on the page of the same name! 2. The Decmeber 2011 visa bulletin is already posted. Priority dates have advanced, so be sure to check it out to see if yours is current. If it is, be sure to start […]

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Attention Haitians: File for TPS, If You are Elegible!

USCIS Reminds Eligible Nationals of Haiti to File for Temporary Protected Status If you are a national of Haiti and are eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), don’t forget to file! You can obtain temporary permission to live and work in the United States.  TPS was originally designated for Haiti in January 2010 in response to […]

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Can I file in the EB-2 Category?

Many foreign nationals starting the employment-based permanent residence process are eager to have their case filed in the EB-2 category. The EB-2 category is for positions that require at least a master’s  degree, or a bachelor’s degree followed by five years of progressive work experience.  This may sound easy for the master’s degree holder, or even for […]

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Upcoming SIL Events

Please join us at the following events – we would love to see you there! November 17th – Women Rock! The Rewards and Challenges of Being a Female Executive in a Male-Driven Industry – Sumner Immigration Law will sponsor this amazing event (open to both men and women). The event will be held at The […]

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November is here! Have you done these things to prepare?

November is upon us! Have you done the following things to make sure your immigration ducks are in a row? 1. The last days for filing for the diversity visa lottery are upon us! File your application now to avoid last-minute computer glitches, and secure your chance to win a green card (if you meet […]

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Immigration Creates US Jobs, Get Boot Over Visa

ABC News has recently reported a story on a foreign national entrepreneur who has invested $1.5 million in the US, has created at least nine jobs for US workers, and is highly likely to create many more over the coming years.  Seehttp://abcnews.go.com/Business/Economy/visa-problem-prevents-entrepreneur-creating-american-jobs/story?id=14857757. Great story, right, of the ingenuity of the American immigrant and following the American […]

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Need an H-1B Petition? File Now to Beat the Cap!

USCIS reports that as of 10/21/2011, approximately 46,200 H-1B petitions have been received for the 2012 fiscal year. This means that only around 13,000 H-1B petitions remain for this fiscal year. Further, 20,000 petitions have been received for the US master’s degree cap. What does this mean for you? If you, or someone you know, […]

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Lost in Detention to Air on PBS on 10/18/2011

PBS’s Frontline series will air a film called “Lost in Detention” on Tues, Oct 18th (check your local listing for the specific time). The PBS website says this about the film: “Cecilia Muñoz, Obama’s top adviser on immigration issues, spoke with FRONTLINE correspondent Maria Hinojosa for our upcoming film Lost in Detention, and explained why the […]

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Department of Labor Confirms University Professors and Instructors Require Prevailing Wage Determinations

The DOL has recently posted a “FAQ” to clarify that university professors and instructors using the “special handling” option for the PERM labor certification must still obtain a prevailing wage determination before filing the PERM application. Not sure what this means? Well, in general, if a person is trying to obtain permanent residence (a “green […]

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