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USCIS suspends premium processing for H1B visa applications

Effective April 3, 2017, USCIS announced that H-1B petitions will not be eligible for premium processing. For an additional $1,225, premium processing is an option offered by USCIS that would allow certain non-immigrant and immigrant petitions to be adjudicated in 15 days, rather than the usual processing times – which is often several months. This means […]

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Trump’s Muslim and Refugee Ban on Travel and Immigration FAQ

The following is based on the information known as of March 15, 2017 (2:00 pm PST). Trump issued a new travel ban on citizens from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.  Iraq, which was on the previous list, is now exempt.  The new ban, effective starting March 16, 2017, excludes people who hold U.S. green cards […]

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What Will Happen to Canadians and Mexicans with TN Visas if Trump Pulls the United States out of NAFTA

Updated Feb 2, 2017:  For most of his campaign, Donald Trump lambasted and bemoaned the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as one of the worst trade agreements in the history of the United States. Now that he has been elected, he has continued to state that he wants to renegotiate the agreement.  If he […]

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Immigrating to the United States After Trump Won The Election

The U.S. election stunned the world. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, I don’t think anybody expected Trump to win as resoundingly as he did. I’ve already gotten dozens of emails from former, current and prospective clients asking, “how does this affect my immigration options to the United States?” The short-term answer is […]

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USCIS Filing Fees Increase on December 23, 2016

Effective December 23, 2016, USCIS will increase many of its filing fees. Any applications received on or after this date will be subject to the new fees: G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request — $65 ($20) G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Microfilm) — $65 ($20) G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Textual Record) — $65 […]

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Athletes Qualifying for a Green Card After Winning an Olympic Medal

You Won a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Olympic Medal.  Now it’s Time to go for the Green! Now that the 2016 Rio Olympics have come to a close, thousands of talented athletes are returning home with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in hand. These athletes are among the most elite in the world – the […]

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Increased Fines for Violations of Immigration Law as of August 2016

Penalties for violations of immigration law increased on August 1, 2016 after the Department of Justice issued an interim final rule as an inflation adjustment. The rule increased fines for Form I-9 paperwork violations, for engaging in unfair immigration-related employment practices such as discrimination, document abuse and document fraud, and for knowingly hiring or continuing […]

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Executive Branch Asks Supreme Court to Rehear US Versus Texas

On Monday, July 18, Attorneys for the Department of Justice filed a petition with the Supreme Court requesting that the Court re-hear U.S. v. Texas once a ninth justice has been appointed to the court. Because of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February, the justices deadlocked 4-4 in their opinion on the case […]

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Senate Fails to Advance Controversial Changes to Immigration Law

The Republican controlled United States Senate recently was unable to garner the votes necessary to advance two bills altering immigration law and begin debate on the issues. One of the bills at issue—S.3100, known as the “Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act”—would have blocked federal housing and community development money (from the Community Development Block Grant […]

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Avoid Immigration Scammers; Use Experienced Immigration Lawyers Instead

Earlier this year, the federal government charged a man in Sacramento, California with conspiracy and fraud for his role in running an immigration scam which garnered high fees from immigrants across at least seven states hopeful for U.S. citizenships. This man operated a nonprofit which promoted adult adoptions as a pathway to citizenship status, taking […]

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