News Updates

Proposed Rule on Public Charge Inadmissibility

By Angelita Chavez-Halaka and Armando Escobedo Summary On September 22, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule regarding inadmissibility for usage of public benefits that would significantly impact individuals seeking legal admission to the U.S. known as “public charge.” We would like to stress that these changes are currently being reviewed and […]
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Managing Immigration Compliance During Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

By Min Kim US immigration poses certain challenges for companies considering mergers & acquisitions (M&A). Employment-based immigration often requires strict business-related forecasts, which can be difficult in fast-moving transactions. Employers with an upcoming M&A should prepare for how the transaction will directly impact their foreign national work staff in the US. H-1B visas and green […]
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October 2018 Visa Bulletin

By Angelita Chavez-Halaka and Armando Escobedo Summary October 1, 2018 is the cutoff for employment-based first preference (EB-1) for India and China. Employment- Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA- mainland born El SALVADOR GUATEMALA HONDURAS INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 1st 01JUN18 01OCT17 01JUN18 01OCT17 01JUN18 01JUN18 2nd C 15JUN15 C 22MAY09 C C 3rd C 08AUG15 C […]
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USCIS Provides Evidence Checklist for Petition Forms

By Angelita Chavez-Halaka and Armando Escobedo Summary Beginning September 11, 2018, USCIS will exercise full discretion to deny any application which fails to establish eligibility based on inadequate initial evidence. This change means that denials can be issued without a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID). UPDATE: Checklists for Initial […]
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USCIS Increasing Premium Processing Fee

By Angelita Chavez-Halaka and Armando Escobedo USCIS has announced an increase to the premium processing fee. Beginning October 1, 2018, USCIS will increase the premium processing fee to the amount of $1,410.00. What cases are impacted? Increase Fee applies to: I-129 H-1B Petitions for a Nonimmigrant Worker Petitions exclusively filed at the California Service Center […]
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USCIS Expands Suspension on Premium Processing

By Angelita Chavez-Halaka, Armando Escobedo, and Juan Valdez Summary USCIS has temporarily expanded suspension of premium processing for certain H-1B petitions. The suspension is expected to last through the estimated date of February 19, 2019. USCIS previously announced suspension of premium processing for fiscal year 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions. USCIS has now expanded suspension to all […]
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The Evolution of the US Travel Ban

By Fardokht Tavakoli The US travel ban of citizens from mostly Muslim-majority countries has gone through many different incarnations since it was first enacted in 2017. Despite numerous legal challenges, the ban was upheld in June 2018 by the US Supreme Court. The ban has evolved to be slightly less restrictive, and there are some […]
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New Notice to Appear (NTA) Policy and its Aftermath

By: Astha Pandey, LLM A Notice to Appear (NTA) before a court of law is a legal document issued to foreign nationals who are suspected to have unlawful presence in the United States. The scope of NTA policy has recently expanded to include people who have been denied immigration benefits. New NTA policy has a […]
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What to Include in Your Company’s Social Media Policy

By: Phuong Luong and Minh Luong As social media use continues to increase, it is vital that companies protect themselves with good social media policy. A simple string of text can potentially reach millions of people instantly – in 2017 the average person spent 135 minutes per day on social networks. Many employees send messages […]
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Protect Yourself from IRS Telephone Scams

By Angelita Chavez Internal Revenue Service (IRS) telephone scams are becoming increasingly common. Scam callers pretend to be from the IRS, and they typically intimidate callers by: Threatening arrest Demanding immediate payment It is important to learn how to identify an IRS scam call to protect yourself from abuse. What is a Telephone Scam? Telephone […]
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