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Permanent Residence (Green Cards)

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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Want to vote in 2020? It may not be too late to naturalize!

As you may have noticed, the 2020 presidential election campaigns are gearing up! The November 2020 presidential election is sure to be a historical vote, regardless of the outcome, and the right to vote and have a voice in our democracy is one of the hallmarks of the US political system. However, you must be […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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New Public Charge Rule: September 2019 Update

The public charge rule was announced a little less than a month ago, and will take effect October 15th, 2019. We wrote about the rule when it the final rule was announced, and we now have some additional information, which we’re sharing below. What is “public charge”? A public charge refers generally to a person […]

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New Public Charge Rule is Here: Brace Yourselves (and consider filing now)!

The information below may significantly impact many types of US immigration filings, including green card applications (both ones filed from within the US, and ones filed through consular processing), as well as nonimmigrants (H-1B, L, E, etc) in certain circumstances. On Monday, August 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final […]

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