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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Helping Clients Achieve Immigration Goals: Angelita Chavez-Halaka in Immigration

Angelita Chavez-Halaka is an attorney in our firm’s Cerritos office. Angelita Chavez-Halaka became an attorney because she is passionate about immigration law and policy. She relishes the opportunity to serve her community through access to the legal system. Impacting Lives through Immigration Angelita’s favorite part of the job is being able to help clients overcome […]
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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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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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Avoiding a Request for Evidence (RFE) on the H-1B Specialty Occupation

By: Michelle Lobo USCIS has issued record numbers of Requests for Evidence (RFEs) on visa petitions ever since Trump issued his “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order in April 2017. H-1B petitions, especially those for IT workers, appear to be most severely affected. One of the most common issues raised in an H-1B petition RFE […]
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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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