Employment-Based Immigration

Options to Escape the H-1B “Cap Trap!”

The debate over the United States economy and dearth of high-tech workers has spotlighted the H-1B professional working visa in the press.  Nonetheless, Congress has been slow to respond in the face of economic problems throughout the World and the FY 2020 H-1B quota is sure to be reached within just a couple of [...]

Options to Escape the H-1B “Cap Trap!”

FAQs: Advance Parole for Aliens Going Abroad

Los Angeles Advance Parole Immigration Attorney When people who don’t have permanent resident status in the U.S. need to travel abroad, obtaining advance parole will be crucial to ensuring that they are able to re-enter the U.S. with minimal hassle. However, because many people don’t apply for advance parole often – and because the process [...]

FAQs: Advance Parole for Aliens Going Abroad

Trump Finally Admits ‘U.S. Needs Immigrants’

While President Trump’s administration seems to be doing damage control with Honduran refugees seeking asylum in the United States, and also trying to get a border wall built, did he have some kind of epiphany about the practicality of accepting certain immigrants? It appears the answer to that question is an unequivocal, YES! President [...]

Trump Finally Admits ‘U.S. Needs Immigrants’

Employers Must Start Using Revised I-9 Form

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department recently released a revised “Employment Eligibility Verification” version of Form I-9. The newly revised I-9 form (dated 11/14/2016) must be used beginning Jan. 22, 2017, whereas employers can continue using the older version I-9 form dated 03/08/2013 until then. So, What Changes are Coming to Form I-9? [...]

Employers Must Start Using Revised I-9 Form

Myths & Facts about Undocumented Immigrants and the Economy

Our country is poised to get a brand new administration at the beginning of the year, and with it may come sweeping changes – many of them may be bad for undocumented immigrants. But are undocumented immigrants really responsible for lower wages and in effect taking jobs away from natural born citizens? The focus of [...]

Myths & Facts about Undocumented Immigrants and the Economy

Temporary Extended Status (TPS) for Nicaragua & Honduras Extended through 2018, USCIS Announces

Foreign nationals from Nicaragua and Honduras are now eligible for extended deportation relief in the U.S., as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security - Jeh Johnson - has recently extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for these individuals. The 18-month extension will reportedly run through July 5, 2018. In addition to being available for Nicaraguans and Hondurans, [...]

Temporary Extended Status (TPS) for Nicaragua & Honduras Extended through 2018, USCIS Announces

5 Mistakes to Avoid Making during a Visa Interview

The interview portion of the visa application process can be one of the most critical steps to securing a visa. That’s because USCIS officials can obtain some important information from interview interactions, and a positive interview can go a long way towards a positive visa decision. To help prepare you for these interviews, below is [...]

5 Mistakes to Avoid Making during a Visa Interview

4 Important Facts to Know about USCIS Fee Waivers

Applying for a change to your immigration status in the U.S. typically involves a process of completing applications, submitting them to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and possibly attending interviews. For nearly every immigration status change, applicants will also have to pay the required USCIS application fees, which can range from a few to [...]

4 Important Facts to Know about USCIS Fee Waivers

General Overview of Common USCIS Filing Fees

When applying for an immigration status change with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), applicants will generally have to pay a filing fee in order for their application to be reviewed and process. With USCIS filing fees: The amounts of the fees vary according to the specific status change being requested. If the filing fees [...]

General Overview of Common USCIS Filing Fees