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Sessions Voids Board of Immigration Appeals Decision That Will Impact for Victims of Gang-Based and Domestic Violence

Sessions Voids Board of Immigration Appeals Decision That Will Impact for Victims of Gang-Based and Domestic Violence Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a controversial decision in a closely-watched asylum appeal that will negatively affect victims of domestic and gang violence seeking protection in the United States In December of 2016, Matter of A-B- was originally decided in favor of the asylum seeker by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), an administrative branch of the U.S. Department of Justice. The… Read more

Entrepreneur Application to Remove Condition Notices Valid for 18 Months as Proof of Status

Entrepreneur Application to Remove Condition Notices Valid for 18 Months as Proof of Status The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on June 11, 2018 that petitioners who file Form I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status, will receive a Form I-797 receipt notice that they can present along with their Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card, to serve as evidence of continued status for 18 months after their conditional Permanent Resident… Read more

Stricter H-1B Visa Rules for Outsourcing Businesses

Stricter H-1B Visa Rules for Outsourcing Businesses Since March of 2017, the Trump Administration has issued multiple orders to outsourcing and staffing firms that use H-1B non-immigration visas, the most popular type of employment-based visa sought out by foreign professional workers. The new directives have imposed stricter requirements on such firms. U.S. companies employ outsourcing and staffing firms instead of having to hire workers on an individual… Read more

President Trump Signals Possible Federal Change to Marijuana Laws

President Trump Signals Possible Federal Change to Marijuana Laws A bipartisan bill addressing the federal government’s stance on the criminality of marijuana is currently in the U.S. Senate, and President Trump has announced that he will “probably end up supporting” the bill. The bill proposes protecting people from the criminal consequences of marijuana use as long as they follow state and local laws on use of the drug. It could also eliminate the buying or selling… Read more

USCIS Fraud Alert Targeting L-1 Visa Companies

USCIS Fraud Alert Targeting L-1 Visa Companies The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fraud unit, formally known as the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS), is expected to expand the number of site visits for this year. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General has analyzed the USCIS L-1 intracompany transferee program, suggesting ways to reduce fraud and standardize adjudications… Read more

What Does an Immigration Attorney Do?

What Does an Immigration Attorney Do?  U.S. immigration law is notoriously complex. Even minor errors in a visa application or evidence you provide can lead to a year-long delay, deportation, or denial of a visa. An immigration lawyer can help you understand your rights, interpret the law, develop a strategy, and walk you through the immigration process. An immigration attorney can also represent you in court, although most time is spent… Read more

H-1B Visa Alternatives: What are My Options?

H-1B Visa Alternatives: What are My Options? Due to the expected high demand, employers should be planning now for a possible rejection of their H-1B petitions. Alternative visa options for affected employees include, but are limited to, the following: for Canadian and Mexican professionals, the TN visa available under the North American Free Trade Agreement; for nationals of Australia, the E-3 visa; for nationals of Chile or Singapore,… Read more

Will my adopted child get a green card and/or US Citizenship?

Will my adopted child get a green card and/or US Citizenship? The answer is maybe. A Hague Convention adoptee may qualify for immigration benefits if: (1) the child is habitually a resident in a country that is a party to the Convention, (2) the child is under 16 years of age when the immediate relative petition is filed; (3) the child has either: (a) two living parents who are incapable of providing proper care for the child, or (b) one sole or surviving parent… Read more

What are the reasons for green card denials?

Green Card Process When it comes to getting a green card, it is vital to understand the process. Part of the understanding the process includes knowing the top reasons green cards are denied. Knowing why a green card could be denied now can prevent rejection in the future. Not knowing the process can make getting a green card much more difficult and time-consuming. However, a proper understanding… Read more

TN Visa: An Introduction

The TN Visa is a temporary work visa allowing only Mexican and Canadian nationals to work within the United States.  Requirements In order to apply, the applicant must Possess a university degree; Be offered a US-based employment position within the United States, That position must require a university degree, and The position falls within a pre-approved profession list as found within APPENDIX… Read more