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Do’s and Don’ts for Texting with Lawyers

Today, our phones are constantly attached to us like an extra limb. So of course, many clients find it convenient, efficient, and effective to text their attorneys.  However, clients need to take certain precautions to protect their confidential information when using mobile phones to communicate with their lawyers. Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to texting with your lawyer:.&nb...
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Visa Bulletin Trends for Employment Based Green Cards

Each month, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) checks in with Charlies Oppenheim, who is the Department of State (DOS) official responsible for managing the visa bulletin.   Here are AILA DOS Liaison Committee notes of its most recent monthly "check-in" with Charlie. AILA Doc. No. 14071401 | Dated June 21, 2019 General Trends and Observations: In the July 2019 ...
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July 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for July 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now April 22, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in India with a cutoff date of January 1, 2015 and China with a cutoff date of May 8, 2017. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who have a cutoff date of April 24, 2009 (EB-...
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New Zealand Nationals Now Eligible for E-1 and E-2 Visas

USCIS news release: Certain New Zealand nationals can now request a change of status to the E-1 nonimmigrant trader classification and the E-2 nonimmigrant investor classification under Public Law 115-226. Beginning June 10, eligible New Zealand nationals already in the United States in a lawful nonimmigrant status can file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, to request a change of...
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USCIS Announcement: H-1B Master’s Cap Has Been Reached

From the USCIS: On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020. After completing the random selection process for the regular cap, USCIS also determined that it has received a number of petitions projected as sufficient to meet...
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April 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for April 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now February 1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in India and China remain with a cutoff date of February 22, 2017. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who have a cutoff date of April 12, 2009 (EB-2) and June 22, 2009 (...
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Premium Processing is now available for all H-1B petitions

As of March 12, 2019, all H-1B petitions will be eligible for premium processing. Acccording to the USCIS recent annoucement: USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the premium processing request.When an H-1B petitioner prop...
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March 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for March 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now January 1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of February 22, 2017, so there has been progress, albeit slow, in this cattegory. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who hav...
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You have migrated to the US, what is your tax exposure?

I am pleased to present this timely tax information from our guest blogger,  Ini Adesanya, CPA It is important that you are aware of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), which allows foreign nationals to disclose specific information about their offshore investments without being penalized. There are various processes involved, and various returns that would need to be filed. Failing...
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How Does the Partial Government Shutdown Affect the EB-5 Immigrant Visa Program?

How Does the Partial Government Shutdown Affect the EB-5 Immigrant Visa Program? At this time, we are entering the fourth week of the partial government shutdown.  Most immigration programs remain unaffected by the shutdown, except the EB-5 Regional Center program. To explain, there are two ways to invest and qualify for the  EB-5 immigrant visa. An investor can start or buy a commerical enter...
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