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Voting Series Part 1: Can I Vote?

By Samantha Davis, Immigration Lawyer in Richmond, VA With the upcoming Presidential election, Sumner Immigration has decided to create a series of posts on voting. We hope that this information will allow you to confidently register to vote, know whether you can request a mail-in or absentee ballot and how to ensure an effortless voting […]

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USCIS and Department of State Updates Including K-1 Visas: September 2020

USCIS and Department of State are both slowly reopening following Covid-related closures. However, both agencies have changed their practices to adapt to the ongoing pandemic. Here are the policy and scheduling changes we are seeing as of September 2020: USCIS: USCIS furlough is cancelled – for now! USCIS has cancelled the furlough that was supposed […]

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Sumner Immigration Law is an organization that is dedicated to anti-racism

We recognize that Black people in the U.S. have suffered from systemic racism, oppression, injustice, inequality, and violence for over 400 years. This racism and oppression are woven into the fabric of our country. We recognize that even though we may not mean to participate in the furtherance of these injustices, we do so inadvertently […]

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I Lost My Job on H-1B (or other nonimmigrant visa status): What are My Options?

By Brianne Donovan, Sumner Immigration Law Clerk Unemployment is always concerning, and now the possibility at the forefront of everyone’s mind right now as we face the economic uncertainties of the coronavirus. When faced with an unexpected lay off or furlough it is especially important for foreign workers on non-immigrant visas to make sure they […]

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Covid-19 & Green Card Holders

First, a note on terminology: A lawful permanent resident (LPR) is the same thing as a permanent resident and as a green card holder. All of these terms mean the same thing. In addition, the information below applies to both LPRs and conditional residents as well. The novel coronavirus has thrown the entire world for […]

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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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