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File Now or Pay (More) Later! USCIS Filing Fees Set to Increase!

By Samantha Davis, Immigration Lawyer in Richmond, VA On Friday November 8, 2019 USCIS announced a proposed rule that would change the USCIS fee schedule. The changes include increases and decreases to existing fees, adding new fees, and the introduction of several new forms. USCIS claims that the proposed fee rule accounts for increased costs […]

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Q & A with Sumner Immigration Law Office Administrator Cyndi Dambacher

Q: Tell us about your background. Where did you go to school/what did you study/where did you work previously? A: I grew up in Los Angeles, California and initially enrolled as a Business major at Santa Monica College before moving on to work in the legal field. I spent many years as a Legal Assistant […]

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Q&A with Sumner Immigration Law Paralegal Nikita Hernandez

Q:Tell us about your background. Where did you go to school/what did you study/where did you work previously? A: I grew up a military brat, or “gypsy” as my retired, active duty Air Force mom would say. We moved every 2-3 years, mostly around the US south, mid-west, and internationally only once to Japan before […]

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Q&A with Sumner Immigration Law Paralegal Ryan Carroll

Q:Tell us about your background. Where did you go to school/what did you study/where did you work previously? A: I am originally from Salem, VA, a small town in Southwestern Virginia. After graduating high school, I began attending Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, where I have been residing ever since. Q: What drew you […]

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2019 H-1B Cap: Five Things You Need to Know!

The 2019 H-1B cap deadline of April 1 is fast approaching. If you are an employee or an employer interested in filing an H-1B petition for the upcoming H-1B lottery, there are several key things to keep in mind: What does it mean to sponsor an H-1B? If you have never sponsored an employee for […]

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Help! My race is not listed on the I-485 Form!

We frequently have clients ask about the Biographic Information section in Part 7 of the I-485 Form and similar questions on race and ethnicity on other US immigration forms. The form limits the preparer to two ethnicities and five races. This can be frustrating and very confusing if you don’t feel that you fall into […]

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Meet Attorney Samantha Davis!

Immigration lawyer Samantha Davis joined the Sumner Immigration team in August 2018. We sat down with her for a quick getting-to-know-you interview, so that our clients and friends could get to know her better. Here’s what we found out! Q:Tell us about your background. Where did you go to school/what did you study/where did you […]

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Trump Travel Ban, Take 2

In January, the Trump administration issued an executive order that many referred to as a “travel ban.” The travel ban applied to nationals of seven countries. Ultimately several federal courts put a temporary hold on the executive order, and as a result the Trump administration withdrew the executive order. The administration issued a new executive […]

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We Know What Country You Are From; Now You Know Where (Our Ancestors) Are From!

Are you sick of your immigration attorney always asking you what your ethnicity is? Do you ever wish you could turn the tables and ask them? Well now you can! The staff of Sumner Immigration Law recently completed AncestryDNA kits to provide results on their ethnicities and discover where their ancestors originated. This was part […]

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Syrians to be granted TPS!

USCIS has recently announced that Syria will be designated as a TPS country. TPS stands for “Temporary Protected Status.” The Secretary of Homeland Security can grant TPS for nationals of certain countries due to dangerous conditions in that country. The conditions can be the result of a natural disaster, such as the earthquake in Haiti, or […]

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