Monday, June 30, 2014

Obama Will Take Executive Action to Fix Immigration System

Since Congress failed to pass immigration reform this year, President Obama says he will try to fix the immigration system through executive action.  See the video below:



Monday, June 2, 2014

USCIS Issues New Policy on Medical Exams

USCIS has issued a new policy on medical exams.  Form I-693 will be valid for up to a year for submission to USCIS.  The form will then be valid for up to a year once it is submitted to USCIS.  The policy on concurrently submitting the I-693 with applications is also being revised.  Click here to read more at the USCIS website. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

H-1B Season


H-1B season is here!  As you may know, the H-1B is one of the most common work visas for professionals in the United States.  It is used for engineers, scientists, marketing specialists and many others.

Unfortunately, each year we are faced with a shortage of H-1B visas. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service is authorized to approve no more than 65,000 H-1B’s, with an additional allotment of 20,000 to those with Masters Degrees from U.S. universities.  There are exceptions to these quotas, which a knowledgeable immigration attorney can discuss with you.

The first day to file an H-1B petition is April 1, 2014.  Last year the quota was reached within the first week of filing, resulting in a random lottery for receipt of applications submitted during that week.

This year demand is expected to be high, and I recommend that applications be completed and prepared for submission on the first day of filing,  April 1, 2014.

Prior to filing an H-1B petition, there are several preliminary steps which must be made, including the acquisition of a prevailing wage determination, the filing of a Labor Condition Application with the U.S. Department of Labor, and the preparation of numerous immigration forms.  The employee may also need documents translated or foreign degrees evaluated.   

In order to accommodate these preliminary steps, we strongly recommend that companies begin contacting immigration attorneys at the earliest possible date. 

I welcome inquiries about H-1B visas this year.  I have over eight years of experience practicing immigration law.  With limited H-1B availability predicted again this year, it is critical that submissions be made as thoroughly and professionally as possible.   Call us today to schedule a consultation!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Republican Principles on Immigration

Click here to read the Republican Principles on Immigration on the New York Times website.  The principles, released earlier today, are very encouraging!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Could Justin Bieber Get Deported?

Check out this Los Angeles Times article on the possible immigration consequences of Justin Bieber's recent arrest: http://goo.gl/m7rKod.  According to the article, Bieber reportedly has O-1 status in the United States.  The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for someone who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements.  An O-1 visa is a temporary visa, sometimes called a nonimmigrant visa.  Such temporary visas are distinguishable from lawful permanent residence, often referred to a having a "green card."  Having O-1 status or even a green card is certainly no guarantee against deportation.  The various scenarios discussed in the article listed above illustrate why it is important to consider pursuing U.S. citizenship if one wishes to live in the United States permanently without fear of deportation. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

U Petition Cap Reached for Fiscal Year 2014

USCIS has approved the maximum 10,000 U petitions for fiscal year 2014.  Click here to read the post at USCIS.gov.  Another 10,000 will be released for 2015 on October 1st of this year.  USCIS will continue to review petitions, and petitioners whose applications are otherwise approvable will be notified that they are on the waiting list.  If you are a crime victim and believe that you may be eligible for U status, contact an immigration lawyer immediately.  Do not delay simply because the cap has been reached for this year. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Speaker Boehner Hires Immigration Consultant

Speaker John Boehner recently hired Rebecca Tallent, an immigration policy expert, to assist with immigration reform efforts.  While reform will not happen this year, this is at least some proof that some progress is possible in 2014.  Click here for more info at WashingtonPost.com.