Tag Archives: immigration

  1. Supplementing Your Workforce With H-2Bs

    The H-2B program allows employers to hire non-agricultural workers on a temporary basis and may be one way to help overcome the current labor shortage in the U.S. Each year there typically are 66,000 H-2B visas available, and this is split into two halves.  There are 33,000 for workers starting October 1- March 31 and…

  2. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

    Our society faces problems of violence at various levels, and this is why The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is important. It was created to support victims of actual or threatened domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. VAWA grants the possibility to immigrants who have been abused by a person who has a…

  3. DACA Renewals and the Future of the American Dream and Promise Act

    In 2012, the Obama administration under the President’s executive power implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, better known as DACA, after congress failed to pass the more comprehensive DREAM Act which was first introduced in 2001. DACA was created to allow for applicants, or so-called Dreamers, that were brought to the U.S before…

  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. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. DHS Agrees To Allow H-4 And L-2 Applicants To Qualify For 180-Day Automatic EAD Extension As Part Of Settlement

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has now agreed to a settlement after the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Partners, filed a Federal Lawsuit claiming, that the prohibition on qualifying H-4 and L-2 applicants benefits from the 180-day extension, was unlawful. For details of our original article please click the following link: https://www.patellegal.com/aila-files-lawsuit-claiming-h-4-and-l-2-ead-should-qualify-for-180-day-automatic-extension/ The…

  8. What To Expect During A Marriage-Based Interview?

    So having filed your immigration paperwork with USCIS and after enduring the prolonged processing times USCIS has now sent you a notice asking you to appear for an interview. So, what can you expect? Clients often ask me how they can prepare for an interview and want a set list of questions; however, there is…

  9. Interfiling Versus Filing A New I-485 In Order To Switch Employment Categories

    This article has been updated, please visit the link below: How To Make An Interfile Request To Switch Employment Categories By now most people are familiar with the concept of filing a downgrade application from EB-2 to EB-3.  However, last October so many applicants filed downgrades, that the demand for EB-3 green cards, has far…

  10. Travel Ban To Be Lifted Starting November 8, 2021

    The White House recently announced the lifting of the travel ban, which has barred tens of thousands of foreign travelers from entering the U.S.  Instead, the U.S. will require foreign travelers to provide proof of vaccination prior to departure. Our original article on this can be found at: https://www.patellegal.com/biden-administration-to-lift-travel-ban-and-allow-vaccinated-travelers-to-enter-the-u-s/ Further details of the new travel…

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