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  1. Why is my case taking so long? How to get your Immigration petition expedited with USCIS

    Since the pandemic began processing times have gone through the roof and continue to increase across for board for all immigration-related applications. USCIS claims it is understaffed, yet they are funded by fees, the majority of which have seen huge increases in the past few years.  For example, the premium processing fee increased from $1,410…

  2. Terminating an H-1B employee. What Employers need to know

    Employers that hire H-1B employees need to be aware of their responsibilities when terminating an H-1B employee. When an employee comes to the US to work for an employer, they typically receive approval for 3 years.  This means they have an expectation of working for that employer for the full 3 years.  Of course, as…

  3. Department of State announces waiver of interviews for certain non-immigrant visas

    Obtaining an interview at almost any consulate outside of the U.S. has been almost impossible due to the ongoing pandemic and as a result, many have been left unable to return to the U.S. To help facilitate the issuance of visas and clear the backlog, the Department of State announced that they would waive the…

  4. Schedule A occupations

    There are certain occupations that the Department of Labor (DOL) has pre-certified, which means that the DOL accepts that there are not a sufficient number of qualified and available U.S. workers. The following Schedule A occupations have been predetermined by the DOL: Group I-Physical Therapists and Nurses; and Immigrants of exceptional Ability in the sciences…

  5. USCIS Relaxes 60 day Filing Requirement For I-693 Medical Reports

    USCIS has announced that it will not require applicants to file their medical report within 60 days of the civil surgeon signing the I-693.  This is effective December 9, 2021 and will remain the case until September 30, 2022. Previously, USCIS had required applicants applying for adjustment of status to submit their medical report within…

  6. 2021: A Year in Review

    Staying on top of the ever-shifting sands of Immigration is no easy task. While 2021 did not see the kind of drastic changes which we saw in the previous 4 years under the Trump administration, there were still significant changes, nonetheless. For the immigration community, most of these changes were much more favorable, especially for…

  7. An Overview of the H-1B Process

    The H-1B visa is one of the most utilized visas by employers to bring foreign talent to the U.S. The H-1B program is intended to allow employers to hire foreign workers temporarily, where such skills cannot be found domestically. The H-1B program is available for specialty occupation workers and fashion models of distinguished merit and…

  8. Guide to Business Entities

    Businesses can be categorized by law in several manners. And these classifications matter when it comes to determining how a business is recognized, how it’s taxed, and the personal liability, or lack thereof, of the business owners. Knowing how their business is set up and how it is categorized under the law is crucial for…

  9. A (Very) Basic Introduction to Estates in Land

    As with most legal concepts, the question of real estate ownership is not simply a yes or no proposition – like cakes and onions, the answer has layers.  Specifically, the various rights accompanying real property ownership can vary in kind, degree, and duration, and include – but are most certainly not limited to – the…

  10. Hold Everything In Confidence: Confidential vs Privileged Information

    Texas attorneys generally must keep all information relating to a client or furnished by the client confidential. This duty far outstrips what most people think about as “confidential”—it includes the identity of the client, the fact that the attorney and the client communicated, even information that is publicly available, such as whether the client is…

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