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What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a New President): What a Biden Presidency May Mean for Foreign Nationals and Their Employers

By Brianne Donovan, Sumner Immigration Law Clerk *Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of policies nor a guarantee. Further, this article does not serve as political commentary. President-elect Joe Biden will likely pursue an immigration… 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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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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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 sti… Read More
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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 cer… Read More
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I-751 Conditional Residence Processing Delays, Receipt Delays, and a Solution?

USCIS has traditionally taken a long time to process the I-751 petitions to remove the conditions on a marriage-based green card — we typically tell clients it will take around a year if everything goes as expected. However, in this current pre… Read More
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Visa Bulletin Predictions for June 2018 and Beyond!

Each month the American Immigration Lawyers Association has a “check-in” with Charlie Oppenheim, the man behind the curtain of the visa bulletin. During this check-in, Mr. Oppenheim provides us with his own insights and analysis of current green… Read More
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What You Can Do While Waiting For The Work Permit Approval

By Nikita Hernandez, Paralegal at Sumner Immigration Law Generally speaking, when a person applies for a green card in the US by submitting the I-485 application for adjustment of status, they cannot work in the US until they receive the work permit… Read More
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Breaking News: USCIS Fees Are Increasing – File Now or Forever Pay Higher Fees!

In May 2016, USCIS issued a new proposed rule that would increase USCIS filing fees for the first time since 2010. The comment period on the proposed rules has ended, and USCIS has published an advance copy of the final rule. We anticipate that the f… Read More
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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 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…”
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“Emily Sumner helped me with my Green Card process and I would say she is the best. She has a very good understanding of the immigration matters, given a problem she gives a detailed explanation of different solutions. The best part with her is she re…”
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