Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

Permanent Residence (Green Cards)

USCIS Furlough: What Will Happen?

USCIS has reportedly emailed notice to thousands of USCIS employees that they may be furloughed beginning August 3, 2020. The agency says that they are facing a budget shortfall, and that if they don’t receive emergency funding of $1.2 billion from Congress, they will have to furlough up to 13,400 employees beginning in August. USCIS […]

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Spreading the Wealth: Immigration Increases Employment Rates for U.S. Workers

By Brianne Donovan, Sumner Immigration Law Clerk In light of recent immigration restrictions, we would like to remind everyone of the economic benefit (among many other benefits) that immigrants bring to the United States. Recently, the Business Roundtable created a study examining the positive economic impact that immigration creates. The report found that immigration increases: […]

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When Will USCIS Reopen? June 2020 Update

By Samantha Davis & Nikita Hernandez On June 18, 2020 USCIS held a webinar open to the public to discuss their reopening procedures and intended schedules. Please see a summary below and how it may affect your case. On March 18, USCIS temporarily suspended routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and application […]

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Temporary Suspension of H, L, and J Visas – What You Need to Know

On April 22, 2020, Donald Trump issued a proclamation that restricts the entry of certain type of immigrants (foreign nationals entering the US as legal permanent residents of the US). Late on June 22, 2020, Mr. Trump issued an update on that proclamation, which extends and expands the proclamation. What does this mean? This means […]

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Unemployment Benefits and Foreign Nationals – Part Three: How Does Receiving Benefits Impact My Future Applications?

By Samantha Davis, Richmond, Va Immigration Lawyer We understand the uncertainty and stress that has unfolded in 2020, amidst a pandemic, concerning immigration announcements, and job instability for many. While we may not be able to eradicate these issues, we are releasing a series of blog posts to provide clarity during this uncertain time. This […]

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Unemployment Benefits and Foreign Nationals – Part Two: The CARES Act

By Samantha Davis, Richmond, Va Immigration Lawyer We understand the uncertainty and stress that has unfolded in 2020, amidst a pandemic, concerning immigration announcements, and job instability for many. While we may not be able to eradicate these issues, we are releasing a series of blog posts to provide clarity during this uncertain time. This […]

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Unemployment Benefits and Foreign Nationals – Part One: Am I Eligible?

By Samantha Davis, Richmond Immigration Lawyer We understand the uncertainty and stress many are facing with increased immigration changes and job instability, especially during the pandemic. We have written a series of blog posts to provide some clarity regarding unemployment insurance during this uncertain time. This blog series will cover the following topics: (1) Eligibility […]

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Presidential Proclamation Suspending the Entry of Certain Immigrants into the US: What You Should Know

By Samantha Davis, Richmond Immigration  Lawyer On April 22, 2020 Donald Trump signed a proclamation suspending and limiting the entry of certain immigrants into the United States. The order became effective at 11:59pm EST April 23, 2020 and will last at minimum 60 days. Who is impacted? Foreign nationals who are outside of the United […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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