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What Are the Requirements for the EB-1 Visa (Alien of Extraordinary Ability/Outstanding Researcher or Professor) or National Interest Waiver Petition?

Are you thinking of applying for the EB-1 Alien of Extraordinary/Outstanding Researcher or Professor visa classification? Or perhaps the EB-2 National Interest Waiver? If so, you may find it helpful to have a list of the types of documentation that i… Read More
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Is There a Timeline for Immigration Reform?

Since the beginning of the year, the air has been buzzing with prospects of comprehensive immigration reform. Remember, there are no changes in the law yet, but things seem to be moving along in Congress, at least on the Senate side. Here is the late… Read More
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Don’t Forget to Pay the New Immigrant Visa Fee!

USCIS has recently implemented a new immigrant visa fee of $165, to be paid by people who are entering the US on an immigrant visa. An immigrant visa means that you are applying to enter the United States as a permanent resident, rather than on a tem… Read More
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Family-Based Immigration Filings: You May Just Have One Chance!

Breaking News: Some Family-Based Adjustment of Status Interviews to Be Waived USCIS announced in October 2012 that it would reallocate some of its workload, and shift cases from the four service centers to a field office or to the National Benefits C… Read More
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AILA Citizenship Day 2013 Is Coming to Richmond - April 20th!

Want to become a citizen? Apply for naturalization and have an attorney review your application for free! What: Eligible legal permanent residents (green card holders) apply for naturalization When: Saturday, April 20th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Wher… Read More
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AC21 Green Card Portability

A foreign national may wait years to receive an employment-based green card. While the green card process is employer-specific, a particular section of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 (frequently referred to as AC… Read More
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Forewarned is Forearmed: Best Practices for Traveling Permanent Residents

Traveling as a Green Card Holder: What You Need to Know There are two issues for US legal permanent residents (green card holders) who wish to travel internationally: 1) Physical presence in the US to preserve the permanent residence status, and 2) P… Read More
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Twelve Ways to Prepare for Reform Even if You are "Legal"

Immigration Reform – and Government Slowdowns – Ahead! START NOW TO AVOID THE DELAYS! Immigration reform is coming! No one knows for sure what form it will take, but one thing is for sure – it will drastically increase the workload of the U… Read More
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December Visa Bulletin: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The December visa bulletin has just been published, and it brings this news to the world of US immigrants waiting for their green cards: 1. The Good: The EB-2 worldwide category remains current, and we anticipate it will stay current indefinitely (at… Read More
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Do I Have to Use an Attorney to Apply for Citizenship in the US?

Today is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the United States! The day marks the signing of the US Constitution on September 17, 1787. It is also a day to recognize those who have become US citizens (though here at Sumner Immigration Law, we cel… Read More
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President Biden has recently issued a new Presidential Proclamation that rescinds geographic Covid travel bans. Instead, beginning November 8th 2021, there will be Covid vaccination requirements for international air travelers to the US. The new Proc… Read More
The November visa bulletin is out, and with it brings a flurry of questions about I-485 filing strategies! The top question we are receiving right now is: Can I file multiple I-485 applications? The EB-2 India priority dates for both final action and… Read More
By Brianne Donovan, Sumner Immigration Law On September 20, 2021, the Biden Administration announced a change in international travel restrictions previously put in place at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The current travel restrictions r… Read More

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“I have worked with a lot of immigration attorneys in the past for various needs for family and friends. I have not had to find a new attorney since I got in touch with Emily. I have known her since her early days as an attorney and she was the best o… Read More"
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