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What is the Impact of the President’s Executive Order Suspending Immigration?

Yesterday evening, President Trump signed an executive order to stop U.S. embassies and consulates abroad from issuing green cards for 60 days.  The order targets both employment and family-based green cards processed abroad.  Given that nearly all U.S. embassies and consulates abroad are already closed for in-person interviews, the executive order’s impact is likely minimal.…

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What Information Will I Need to Register for the H-1B Lottery?

The H-1B lottery registration for cap petitions opened on March 1, 2020, at 12 PM and will remain open until March 20, 2020, at 12 PM.  In order to register, employers or their attorneys must provide basic identifying information about the company sponsoring the H-1B and the beneficiary they intend to sponsor for the H-1B. …

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To Sponsor or Not to Sponsor… an H-1B

Given H-1B lottery registration opens on March 1, 2020, now is the time that many employers are approached by foreign national employees about potential H-1B sponsorship. For companies that have never sponsored an H-1B, the process can seem costly and daunting. The sponsorship process can cost several thousand dollars and involves various steps. Moreover, the…

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What Steps Can Employers Take to Prepare for the H-1B Registration Period?

This year the H-1B application process has changed. The H-1B registration process begins on March 1 and runs through March 20. Employers can take several steps to ensure they are fully prepared to register and ultimately file an H-1B petition if selected in the H-1B lottery. Companies should consider completing the following to simplify this…

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What Changes Have Been Made to the EB-5 Investor Program?

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published a final rule in the Federal Register making significant changes to the E-5 Immigrant Investor Program.  The EB-5 Investor Program allows individuals and their families to apply for permanent residence in the U.S. by making an investment in a commercial enterprise that creates (or preserves) 10 full-time…

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USCIS to Increase Premium Processing Fees

USCIS will increase premium processing fees from $1,225 to $1,410 effective October 1, 2018. Premium processing is an optional service that is currently authorized for certain employment-based petitioners filing Forms I-129 (nonimmigrant visas) or I-140 (permanent residence). The system allows petitioners to request 15-day processing if they pay an extra fee. The optional premium processing…

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Pratibha Agarwal Elected to Board of Directors, Just Neighbors

We are pleased to announce that Pratibha Agarwal, Principal Shareholder, was elected to the board of directors of Just Neighbors, a nonprofit organization in Northern Virginia dedicated to serving the region’s immigrant community.   Just Neighbors opened its doors in 1996 after a group of pastors and attorneys came together in an effort to resolve…

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Workplace Enforcement/Raids:  What can Employers Expect to See?

7-Eleven stores in over 15 states have found themselves to be the focus of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as the agency increases its efforts in eliminating the hiring and employment of an illegal workforce in U.S. businesses.  ICE has issued Notice of Inspections, commonly known as “Silent Raids,” to several 7-Eleven stores where the…

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Potential Changes to EB-5 Regulations

The EB-5 program is an investment-based option for permanent residence for individuals who are able to invest $500,000 to $1 million in a U.S. commercial enterprise which results in the creation of at least 10 full-time jobs. Should investors be able to meet these requirements, both the applicant and their qualifying family members will receive…

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