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Can I Change My Name During the Green Card Process?

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
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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 2… Read More
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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 wh… Read More
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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 m… Read More
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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 of… Read More
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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 resi… Read More
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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 introduc… Read More
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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… Read More
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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 th… Read More
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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 Commonwe… Read More
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Recent blog posts

Feb
6
2021
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
Feb
2
2021
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
Feb
1
2021
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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