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 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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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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What to Consider When Creating a Will

By: Phani Bobba What is a Will? A will is a legal document that organizes how your assets will be distributed after your death. Why You Need a Will A will is one of the most important things you must do for yourself and your family. It ensures that all your assets and belongings go […]
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