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RFE Trend Alert: H-1B

A recent trend has been noted with recent H-1B filings, and in particular, H-1B cases that are filed with a Level one (out of four) wage.  Though there has been no change in the law from Congress regarding H-1B’s, USCIS seems to have taken a more strict view towards H-1B applications. In the latest trend they have begun to question...

Proposed Dream Act, 2017

On July 26, 2017, the House introduced The Dream Act of 2017, which provides a road to US citizenship for young people who entered U.S as children. We briefly describe the Act below. Eligibility criteria: Young people are eligible under the Act who are 17 years old or younger on initial date of entry, are undocumented, currently maintain DACA or...

Deportable Offenses

When considering potential deportable offenses, felonies and serious criminal charges often come to mind. But what many don’t realize is that certain smaller immigration violations can amount to a deportable offense. To protect yourself and your family, read more to make sure you are doing everything in your power to remain in compliance with the law. Have you been keeping...

Travel Advisory and Visa Stamping Concerns

Our office has received an update that some consulates are now requesting a Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants form to be completed by applicants at the time of stamping.  This form, copied below, is extensive, requesting for information through 15 years back.  This extensive list of questions is a cause for concern, and in particular the following questions: “Have you...

UPDATE: News and Concerns about the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA)

A warning issued to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is resonating fear amongst the supporters of DACA.  Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelley, recently spoke to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, in relation to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act.  With the new administration, the fate of DACA has been questioned several times, but President Trump and the Republican leaders...

How to Protect My Child In Case I am Deported

Moms and dads who are undocumented but have US citizen children can do a few things to be prepared for the possibility that they are picked up and their children need to be cared for in their absence--   The State of Texas publishes a form called "Authorization Agreement for Nonparent Relative" which allows a parent, no matter his or...

Exemptions from the Travel Ban

As of June 29, 2017, The Executive Order 13780, as issued by President Trump went into effect based on the order of the Supreme Court. In our last article we had mentioned how this is not a complete ban, but partial. This blog post will cover the exceptions to the rule. Non-Immigrant Visa Classes that Are Exempt:As noted in our...

Brand New Form I-485

On June 26, 2017, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (Form I-485). The form I-485 is used by applicants to adjust their status to lawful permanent residents. This new edition of the form is big change from the previous version, as it is now an 18 page application.  While with...

Travel Ban: Supreme Court allows for a partial Ban

One week into his term, President Trump issued his first Executive Order to ban people from seven pre-dominantly Muslim countries for 90 day and all refugees for 120 days.  After mass panic, this first attempt was blocked by the lower courts.  The administration followed this order up by a second attempt in March – removing Iraq from the list...

International Travel as a Permanent Resident

What documents do I need to travel outside the United States? You will need to present a passport from your country of citizenship or your refugee travel document to travel to a foreign country.  In addition, the foreign country may have additional entry/exit requirements. Please check what the specific requirements are in the country you are planning on traveling to...

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