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Charting the Course for H-1Bs and Other Visas Through COVID-19
Post On May 22, 2020
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U.S. Immigration laws and regulations have always required immigration attorneys to have a certain level of creativity to problem solve. Keeping current on regulation changes, combined with creativity, helped me navigate the paths to my clients’ goals even when they took unexpected turns....

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Immigration Options for the H1b employee under the Covid-19 Pandemic
Post On Apr. 29, 2020
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options to those H1b employees who have been affected by employment uncertainty resulting from the Covid-19 impact Short term Options A short-term option that we will generally discuss with these impacted foreign nationals is that of the B visa. The B visa is a short term (6 month) visa that is...

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IMMIGRATION RELATED CHALLENGES & THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Post On Apr. 24, 2020
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes that there are immigration-related challenges as a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We continue to carefully analyze these issues and to leverage our resources. NON IMMIGRANTS MUST GENERALLY DEPART Generally, nonimmigrants...

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COVID 19 and Immigration in Massachusetts
Post On Apr. 21, 2020
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The current status of immigration during COVID-19 In Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker has shut down non-essential businesses to be open to the public until at least May 4, 2020. We are now meeting with clients over the phone or video call. We are working remotely and continuing to work on...

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COVID-19 Immigration Updates
Post On Apr. 11, 2020

Immigration updates during the uncertainty of the CoronaVirus. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) ESTA Expiration: Customs & Border Patrol have made accommodations for satisfactory departure for those in the United States on ESTA. Satisfactory Departure allows CBP to extend the...

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Coronavirus - Immigration Update
Post On Mar. 28, 2020
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The Conoravirus pandemic has severely impacted the lives of people in the US, citizens and immigrants alike. Immigrants whether green card holders, persons with temporary visas or those who are undocumented need to protect their health and stay updated with US immigration policies. USCIS Response...

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Green Card Marriage Questions
Post On Aug. 07, 2019
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The following green card marriage questions are commonly used by USCIS examiners to determine whether your marriage is real, or if you just got married in order to get a green card. Our best advice is to: 1. Always tell the truth. 2. Keep your answers short. 3. If you are not 100% sure of the...

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VISA BULLETIN PREDICTIONS U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Post On Jul. 25, 2019
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Charlie Oppenheim at the US Department of State issues visa bulletin predictions as to how rapidly or slowly he expects the priority dates in the employment-based and family-based categories to move forward, or to retrogress. You can stay up-to-date with the waiting times in the Visa Bulletin by su...

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VISA BULLETIN PREDICTIONS U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Post On Jul. 25, 2019
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Charlie Oppenheim at the US Department of State issues visa bulletin predictions as to how rapidly or slowly he expects the priority dates in the employment-based and family-based categories to move forward, or to retrogress. You can stay up-to-date with the waiting times in the Visa Bulletin by...

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BELIEVE Act Needs Your Support – The Right Way To Reform Immigration
Post On Jul. 16, 2019
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On July 11, 2019, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) introduced the BELIEVE Act (S. 2091) as a way to reform legal immigration to the United States. The Believe Act would abolish per-country quotas for employment-based immigration similar to H.R. 1044 which was passed by the House of Representatives on July...

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Spouses/Children Of Green Card Holders Can File I-485s Starting On July 1, 2019
Post On Jul. 01, 2019
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The U.S. State Department announced that the family 2A category (spouses and unmarried children of lawful permanent residents) will become current for the first time in many years. On June 26, the USCIS announced that even though Worldwide Family 2A is backlogged on the Dates of Filing Chart, since...

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July Visa Bulletin – Why You Need To Take Action Now!
Post On Jun. 20, 2019
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Priority dates in the July Visa Bulletin will change like nothing I’ve ever seen in my 40+ years of practicing immigration law. Some categories and countries will become current for the first time in many years, and others will advance rapidly. However, some dates will remain frozen while others...

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Does President Trump Support An Employment-Based Immigration System?
Post On Jun. 19, 2019
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On May 16, 2019, President Trump proposed a new immigration system in which over half of all green cards would be allotted to highly educated and skilled immigrants and their families. Under the President’s proposal, the number of green cards approved each year would remain at 1.1 million, the same...

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Family 2A Category Will Become Current On July 1, 2019
Post On Jun. 17, 2019
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On May 17, 2019, the U.S. State Department announced that the family 2A category (spouses and unmarried children of lawful permanent residents) will become current for the first time in many years. Family 2A Category Will Become Current On July 1, 2019 The State Department’s Charlie Oppenheim who...

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DACA + Advance Parole + Marriage to a U.S. Citizen = Adjustment of Status?
Post On Mar. 11, 2019
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DACA recipients who entered the United States without inspection and have an immediate relative petition, may be able to obtain lawful permanent resident status within the United States. Only DACA recipients who fit certain criteria can do this; those criteria will be explained in depth below....

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Green Card/Adjustment of Status
Post On Feb. 12, 2019
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A Green Card holder (permanent resident) is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a "Green Card." ​ Adjustment of Status (AOS) is a path to...

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Highlights from the February 2019 Visa Bulletin
Post On Jan. 15, 2019
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A review of EMPLOYMENT FOURTH PREFERENCE CERTAIN RELIGIOUS WORKERS (SR): and EMPLOYMENT FIFTH PREFERENCE CATEGORIES (I5 AND R5): "DSCHEDULED EXPIRATION OF TWO EMPLOYMENT VISA CATEGORIES . SCHEDULED EXPIRATION OF TWO EMPLOYMENT VISA CATEGORIES EMPLOYMENT FOURTH PREFERENCE CERTAIN RELIGIOUS WORKERS (...

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MARRIED TO A US CITIZEN AND READY TO GET YOUR GREEN CARD? HERE'S A LIST OF DO'S AND DON'TS
Post On Dec. 06, 2018
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THIS FREE REPORT EXPLAINS HOW TO GET YOUR GREEN CARD AND HOW TO AVOID MAKING MISTAKES, THAT CAN GET YOU THROWN OUT OF THE USA. INTRODUCTION A foreign national is entitled to permanent residency (a *green card*) in the United States based on marriage to a United States Citizen even if the foreign...

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Divorcing Your U.S. Citizen Husband/Wife and Keeping Your Green Card
Post On Dec. 06, 2018
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In the Guide, Attorney Robert Perkins, also known as The Immigration Professor, discusses the possibilities of getting or keeping your green card when your marriage to a United States Citizen is ending through divorce or separation Introduction Many times, an immigrant will come into my office if...

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Freedom Of Information Act Requests: A Powerful Tool In Immigration Matters

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are a powerful tool for immigration matters. Under FOIA, you can obtain copies of any documents that federal agencies have pertaining to you and your case. FOIA requests allow you to get copies of documents you may have lost or find info from your past....

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