Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Federal Judge in Texas Temporarily Blocks President Obama's New Immigration Policy

President Obama's new immigration policy has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge in Texas.  Some are predicting that the 5th Circuit in New Orleans will quickly overturn the lower court's decision.  Check out the New York Times article here: http://goo.gl/Mb29Rf.  Click here to read the judge's order. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Exciting News! President Obama's New Immigration Policy

Click here to get the details on President Obama's new immigration policy at USCIS.gov.  The new policy will:

1.  Expand the current DACA program;

2.  Establish a new deferred action program for parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents;

3.  Expand the current provisional waiver program (I-601A) to include the spouse and sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents;

4.  Improve current business immigration programs; and

5.  Promote naturalization.

Stay tuned for more details!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Diane Guerrero Describes What It's Like for Your Parents to Get Deported

Diane Guerrero, "Orange Is The New Black" star, describes what it's like for your parents to get deported in this CNN interview:

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!