Work Permission for Abused Spouses of A, G, E-3 and H visa holders: The Details

As an immigration lawyer, I often hear heartbreaking stories of abuse. Abuse of immigrants, visitors, undocumented aliens and many more.  Sometimes there is a solution, but more often than not, there are no solutions.  Those who have never had a solution are spouses of non-immigrant visa holders. Until now! The Obama Administration has issued guidance[…]

October Visa Bulletin Retrogression Announcement

Copied from AILA Practice Alert: DOS Rolls Back “Dates for Filing” for Some Visa Categories in Revised October Visa Bulletin AILA Doc No. 15091002 | Dated September 25, 2015 Update: On September 25, 2015, the Department of State published a revised Visa Bulletin for October, rolling back the “Dates for Filing” for several visa categories.[…]

Charlie Oppenheim Talks New-Visa-Bulletin with AILA

Copied from AILA website- very useful read: Check-in with DOS’s Charlie Oppenheim AILA Doc No. 14071401 | Dated September 15, 2015 This is series of monthly reports from the AILA DOS Liaison Committee designed to keep members informed of Visa Bulletin progress and projections. Immediately following publication of each month’s Visa Bulletin, AILA will “check-in”[…]

October 2015 Visa Bulletin- Huge Changes- Take Note

The October 2015 Visa Bulletin was released today with some profound changes. As part of the Executive Action measures to bring positive policy changes, and to coincide with the idea of filing for adjustment when you have an I-140 approved (see my GeekWire Article)– the Department of State introduced two new charts- one for when[…]

Employment-based adjustment (and family-based)- Executive Action Changes

Executive Action changes are on it’s way for adjustment of status for cases that are generally stuck in the backlog! This is the beginning of seeing some real changes that will have great impact.  Read on.  More to come from me soon.  Announcement from USCIS: USCIS, in coordination with Department of State (DOS), is revising[…]

Legal updates- quick snapshot

Dear Readers, June and July have been busy months of speaking engagements as well as meeting various deadlines mainly H1b RFEs. (You know what I am talking about if you are dealing with them too!). Follow us on Twitter to get real time updates, if you are not already since blogging updates has been a[…]

Immigration benefits, same-sex marriage and recent SCOTUS ruling

On June 26th 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex married couples have equal rights and protection of the law.  Thus, with a stroke of the SCOTUS pen, same-sex marriage is now legal in every state. Over the past few days, our office has received a number of[…]

#ExecutiveAction: #DACA Expansion

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA was revised through President Obama’s executive action last week.  Previously, a DACA applicant must have arrived in the US by June 2007 and must have been no more than 31 years old. Those provisions have been revised. So, who can apply now? All previous DACA requirements stand: The adjusted[…]

Immigration #ExecutiveAction: Deferred Action for Parents

Through Executive Action, President Obama will confer deferred action to undocumented parents of US citizens and Green Card holders. Who will qualify: 1. If you have a child that is a US citizen or a green card holder. 2. If you have been in the US since January 1st, 2010. The government will provide guidance[…]

Immigration #ExecutiveAction: Will It Help My Family-based Preference Case?

Since the announcement of immigration executive action broke, the question that I have seen most is this “will immigration reform help my family based pending petition (F1, F2, F3 and F4)?”.  Thank you for asking all your questions. Unfortunately, immigration executive action does not affect any family-based petitions at this time.   If unused visas[…]