Posts by Pratibha Agarwal

Most Common Reasons VAWA Applications Get Denied

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A VAWA visa or green card is a type of “special immigrant” status that is issued to abused spouses or children of green card holders or U.S. citizens.  Abused parents of U.S. citizens can also qualify for immigration relief and a green card by filing a VAWA self-petition.   “VAWA” is an acronym that stands for…

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VAWA: How Long Does A Petition Take?

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Visa and green card waiting times are unprecedented, especially following the international COVID-19 pandemic.  Some green card applications can take over 2 years before approval.   No uniform waiting time can be applied to the processing time for a United States visa application, even under the best circumstances.  In addition, it can be years before you…

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VAWA Eligibility Requirements: How To Qualify In 2022

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VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) self-petition can allow many undocumented individuals to remain in the U.S. legally, receive a work permit, or social security card, and apply for a green card without the help of their U.S. citizen or green card holder spouse, child, or parent.  It is very important to note that one can…

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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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COVID-19 Impact on Our Legal Practices

Minimizing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and preventing infection is on everyone’s mind this week. Grocery stores are out of toilet paper and hand sanitizer, businesses have temporarily shut down, and some of our clients are concerned that legal work from our firm may come to a halt. As of now, our office continues to…

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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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H-1B Visa Application Process Updates

It’s not new that the H-1B season has been riddled with anxiety for employers, employees, and immigration attorneys alike.  We wondered if we could organize ourselves enough to file our H-1B petitions by the first week of April.  Do we have all our ducks in a row?  Have we signed the correct pages on the…

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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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