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Brighter Days Ahead: The Top 5 Immigration Changes Since 46 Became President

By Brianne Donovan, Sumner Immigration Law Clerk If you read our blog post, What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a New President), then you’re familiar with President Biden’s proposed immigration strategy. While the proposals seemed promising,… Read More
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Trump Extends H-1B and Other Immigration-Related Travel Bans

By Brianne Donovan, Sumner Immigration Law Clerk In April 2020 and June 2020, Trump issued two different proclamations that banned certain foreign nationals from entering the US. The Proclamations were enacted purportedly to protect the U.S. labor ma… Read More
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Covid & Consular Post Updates: K-1s, Immigrant Visa Interviews, and USCIS Interviews

Many of our clients have been patiently waiting for their interviews at the US consulate overseas or with USCIS to be rescheduled following agency closures due to the Covid pandemic. Unfortunately, many of our clients, and other applicants, are still… Read More
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October 2020 Visa Bulletin: FAQs for I-485 Preparation

Our office is in full swing I-485 prep mode, helping clients old and new file the I-485 application for adjustment of status, and sometimes a concurrent I-140 downgrade. We are list the Frequently Asked Questions and answers here, as a point of refer… Read More
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October Visa Bulletin Is Out: But What’s Next?

As immigration law professionals, we have been sitting on the edge of our seats for days now, waiting for the October visa bulletin to be released. It finally dropped early the morning, and it looks like it’s good news for thousands of would-be gre… Read More
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Can I downgrade my EB-2 I-140 petition to EB-3?

With the October 2020 visa bulletin dropping this morning, we’ve received lots of questions about whether it’s possible to file an I-140 petition “downgrade” to EB-3. The answer is yes, it likely is! This refers to a situation in which a fore… Read More
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USCIS Filing Fee Changes, Premium Processing Timeline Changes, New Forms, and More!

On Monday, August 3rd, USCIS will publish the final rule (regulation) outlining the filing fee changes, and other changes, that will become effective October 2, 2020. Why is USCIS Changing the Filing Fees? USCIS reviews and sometimes changes the fili… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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Recent blog posts

Great news for those applying for naturalization to become a US citizen! USCIS will now continue to use the 2008 version of the civics test. In the last days of the Trump administration, USCIS announced that they would use a longer and harder version… Read More
By Nikita Hernandez, Sumner Immigration Law Paralegal It’s official! You’ve become Mr. or Mrs. and want to take on your spouse’s name while getting your US permanent residence situated, but when is the best time to do that? APPLYING FOR A NAME… Read More
One of the most common questions that we receive from our clients is about case processing time. The USCIS and DOL estimated case processing times are available online, but that source can be frustrating as they sometimes give a wide range of timefra… Read More

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“I hired Emily while she was working at Challa Law to file my permanent residency application under EB-1A category. She worked with me patiently through various stages of the process. She helped and guided me through every step, from writing reference…”
– Deepa
“Emily Sumner consults with the International Office at the University of Virginia as one of the immigration attorneys appointed by the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is my “go-to” person. She is expert at her craft, extremely knowledgeable…”
– Richard T.

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