Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

Can I use a visitor’s visa for this? Appropriate and inappropriate uses of the visitor’s visa?

The visitor’s visa (B1/B2) has multiple uses, and in some instances can be a great immigration solution for a foreign national needing to enter the US temporarily. However, if used inappropriate, it can also cause you and possibly your employer huge immigration problems and delays. Generally speaking, the B-1 is used for business purposes, and […]

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USCIS Entrepreneurs in Residence Initiative: Will This Help Your Business or Your Case?

Today, USCIS announced an “Entrepreneurs in Residence” Initiative. According to the USCIS press release, the goal of the initiative is to help USCIS “fully realiz[e] the job-creating potential of current immigration law.” According to Director Mayorkas, “this initiative creates additional opportunities for USCIS to gain insights in areas critical to economic growth. The introduction of expert views […]

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Need to send an employee to the US to work? Plan Ahead and Avoid Delays and Surprises!

If you need to send (or bring) an employee to the US to work, you can take a few easy steps to make the process faster and smoother for you, your company, and for the employee. For example, these are the basic questions to consider; this information will help the immigration attorney expedite the preparation […]

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School attendance low? Check your state’s immigration laws!

This week, a federal judge ruled on whether key portions of Alabama’s immigration law should stand. The judge ruled that certain portions cannot be enacted, included prohibiting undocumented foreign nationals from attending public colleges, and prohibiting concealing, harboring, transporting, etc. of undocumented aliens. However, other provisions were allowed to stand, including provisions that allow local […]

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What is a priority date?

In most cases, there are three major factors that determine how soon an applicant for permanent residence status will receive the green card: The country he/she was born in. The family-based or employment-based category (see below). The priority date. There are a limited number of family-based and employment-based immigrant visas (green cards) available each year. […]

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Priority Date Current per September Visa Bulletin? USCIS says go ahead & file!

In my Friday Fun Facts, I noted that US Department of State recently notified USCIS that all employment-based visa numbers have been used for the 2011 fiscal year, meaning that no more employment-based permanent resident (green card) applications would be issued until October 1. Despite this announcement, USCIS has confirmed that it will continue to […]

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Friday Fun Facts in Immigration Law!

No more employment-based green cards are available this fiscal year! US Department of State reported on Sept. 15th that the annual limit has been reached. No worries though; in less than 15 days the new fiscal year will start, and numbers will be available again. Check the October visa bulletin to see if your date is […]

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Let’s Diversify! Diversity Visa Lottery Program 2013

Get your keyboards & photos ready folks! The DV-2013 visa lottery will open on October 4, 2011. What is the Diversity Visa Lottery? The DV lottery program, also referred to sometimes as the green card lottery, is a program created by Congress to encourage diversity within the US pool of immigrants. Specifically, the program allots […]

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Visa Overstay? Tread with Caution!

Visa Overstay? Tread with Caution! US Department of Homeland Security has recently announced that it is implementing broader security checks for foreign nationals who have overstayed the period of authorized stay (frequently called “overstaying your visa”). DHS officials state that the new measure is designed to ferret out terrorists, and is part of a program […]

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Welcome to Immigration Muse

Greetings! My name is Emily Sumner, and I am the founding member of Sumner Immigration Law. I have started this blog, Immigration Muse, to provide the most recent updates in immigration law as well analysis of the direct impact on individuals with immigration-related goals or challenges (obtaining a work visa, marrying a US citizen, how […]

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