Overcoming Marijuana Possession Charges for US Citizenship by Naturalization

By: Tigran Kirakosyan US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may deny applications for US citizenship through naturalization for applicants who are charged with marijuana possession, since this affects the good moral character. Even if the applicant is a resident of a state which legalized marijuana, a possession charge can still be an obstacle to becoming […]
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FY2020 H-1B CAP Cases Update and Projection

By: Lihua Tan April 2019 begins with the H-1B Cap cases “lottery” once again. On April 10, 2019, USCIS completed the H-1B Cap cases random selection process for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. The limits for the advanced degree exemption cap (20,000) and regular cap (65,000) were both reached. Despite the increasing rates of Request for […]
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USCIS Updates Interview Guidelines for Spousal Petitions Involving Minors

By: Angelita Chavez-Halaka, Armando Escobedo, Gladys Gervacio SUMMARY USCIS announced an update to USCIS Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM), instructing officers to give special considerations to Form I-130 spousal petitions involving a minor. WHAT IS THE NEW POLICY GUIDANCE? USCIS officers will consider the following factors when adjudicating I-130 spousal petitions that involve a minor: Does […]
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USCIS Completes Selection Process for FY 2020 H-1B Cap Petitions

By: Angelita Chavez-Halaka, Armando Escobedo, Gladys Gervacio SUMMARY On April 10, USCIS completed the random selection of H-1B cap petitions using a computer-generated process to meet the congressionally mandated H-1B quota for fiscal year (FY) 2020. H-1B CAP ALLOCATION PROCESS: On April 5, USCIS announced it had received 201,011 H-1B petitions and enough petitions to […]
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How the California Consumer Privacy Act Can Impact Your Business

By: Nishita Patel In June 2018, the State of California enacted the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). The law grants consumers new rights on their personal information, and it imposes data protection duties on certain businesses. Impacted businesses should act now to ensure they comply with CCPA by the effective date of January […]
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New Jersey Senate Bill 121 – New Law Effective Immediately

By: Prema Roddam Employers in New Jersey must take note of the new N.J. Senate Bill 121 that Governor Phil Murphy signed which became effective as of March 18, 2019. Employers must be cognizant of the provisions of this Bill as these will affect the way employment contracts, severance packages and settlement agreements are handled […]
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Update: Premium Processing Procedure for FY 2020 H-1B CAP Petitions

By: Angelita Chavez-Halaka, Armando Escobedo, Gladys Gervacio Summary USCIS will be offering premium processing service for FY 2020 H-1B cap petitions using a two-phase approach. This new approach is to facilitate the process and help mitigate premium processing suspensions. FY 2020 H-1B Cap Premium Processing Procedure: Filing premium processing concurrently with H-1B cap petition: Only […]
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Qualifying for an E-2 Visa – FAQs

By: Angelita Chavez Question: I am an entrepreneur with a successful business in my home country. I am interested in starting a business in the United States. What is the best visa option for me? Chugh Answer: The E-2 Visa for Treaty Investors is a great option. This is a non-immigrant classification for nationals of […]
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Update: Implementation of Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A

By: Angelita Chavez-Halaka, Armando Escobedo, Gladys Gervacio Summary On March 08, 2019, USCIS will publish on its website the revised Form I-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status) and new Form I-539A (Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status). Implementation Procedure: Previous editions of Form I-539 will continue to be accepted by USCIS if received […]
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