Category Archives: Immigration Blog

  1. Can I Still Get A 10-Year Marriage Based Green Card If I’m Separated Or Divorced?

    In a world of misinformation and uncertainty regarding Immigration I wanted to write an article regarding the process of removal of conditions where the marital relationship has ended or is heading down that path.  Many individuals fear that they will not be able to obtain the 10-year green card if they are no longer living…

  2. USCIS Agrees To Concurrently Adjudicate H-4, H-4 EADs And L-2s When Filed With I-129

    One of the biggest issues faced by spouses of H-1 and L-1 holders in the last few years was that USCIS stopped processing their applications even when filed with the principal application.  This resulted in much uncertainty and due to delays in processing cases many spouses were forced to stop working. Prior to the Trump…

  3. H-1B Amendments FAQ

    An H-1B is a non-immigrant visa that allows a foreign national to come to the U.S. and work on a temporary basis. Once approved for an H-1B the worker must work in accordance with the original terms and conditions as per the originally filed petition. If there is a material change to the original terms…

  4. H-1Bs: Benching And The 60 Day Grace Period

    An H-1B is a non-immigrant visa that allows a foreign national to come to the U.S. and work on a temporary basis. It’s one of the most commonly used visas for companies looking to hire talent from abroad. An H-1B can only be filed for someone who can demonstrate that they will work in a…

  5. An Introduction To H-1Bs FAQ

    Chris Prescott is Patel Law Group’s Senior Immigration Attorney and handles all Employment and Family-based Immigration matters including EB1, EB2 & EB3 filings, Labor Certification & PERM processing, I-140 & I-485 filings, EAD & Advance Parole, H1B petitions, amendments, transfers and extensions, L1A & L1B, K1 & K3 visas, I-130 & I-485 filings, removal of…

  6. How Long Do I Have To Wait To Become A US Citizen?

      There are many questions that go into the process of becoming a United States citizen. How long do I have to wait? What is the process like? What are the benefits of citizenship? In this video, we will answer some of the most common questions about US citizenship and provide an overview of the…

  7. Supplement Your Workforce With H-2B Workers

    Struggling to find workers to fill non-professional positions? Have you considered filing H-2B applications to recruit talent from abroad? In this video, PLG Partner Chris Prescott discusses the details of the H-2B program and how it can help your business. If you are interested in hiring foreign workers, please watch the video below and contact…

  8. USCIS Further Expands Premium Processing Service in 2023

    In 2022, USCIS began the process of expanding Premium Processing for EB-1C and EB-2 Petitions. For more information on this, please see our previous article: https://www.patellegal.com/uscis-expands-premium-processing-for-certain-eb-1c-and-eb-2-niw-applications/ Now in 2023, USCIS is completing its Premium Processing expansion for the EB-1C and EB-2 classifications. Starting January 30, 2023, a Premium Processing request (Form I-907) can be filed with…

  9. USCIS Proposes A Hike In Fees To Reduce The Backlog

    On January 4, 2023, USCIS posted a notice of proposed rulemaking to adjust filing fees. Certain fees, particularly cases filed using form I-129 (H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, etc.) could potentially see significant hikes as well as EB-5. Here of a brief overview of some of the notable proposed fee increases: Immigration benefit Current fee Proposed fee…

  10. New Version Of Form I-485 To Be Used From December 23, 2022

    USCIS has released a new version of Form I-485, which must be used from December 23, 2022. This form can be found at: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/forms/Preview_12-23-22_Edition_USCIS_WILL_REJECT_IF_FILED_BEFORE_12-23-22_Form_I-485.pdf This form is intended for preview only and should not be submitted prior to December 23, 2022.  This form becomes mandatory on the aforementioned date which means that the current version…

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