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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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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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Update: Premium Processing Resumes for H-1B Petitions Filed on or Before December 21, 2018

By Angelita Chavez-Halaka, Armando Escobedo, and Gladys Gervacio Summary Starting February 19, 2019, USCIS will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. USCIS announced that it will resume premium processing on February 19, 2019 for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. If USCIS issued a […]
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Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A

By Angelita Chavez-Halaka, Armando Escobedo, and Gladys Gervacio Summary On March 11, 2019, USCIS will publish on its website a revised Form I-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status) with an edition date of 02/04/2019. USCIS will also publish a new Form I-539A (Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status). The new Form I-539A will replace […]
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April 1, 2019 is Near: How to Succeed with FY 2020 H-1B CAP

By: Brittany Simmons The first week of April 2019 will be here before we can blink. What’s that you hear? The palpable anxiety stemming from your pounding heart? While there is much to dread over the next several weeks, we will make it through and tackle this one day at a time, one coffee at […]
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Update: Final Rule on H-1B Cap Selection Process

By Angelita Chavez-Halaka, Armando Escobedo, and Gladys Gervacio Summary On January 31, 2019 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will publish the final rule on the implementation of a new H-1B selection process beginning fiscal year (FY) 2020 cap season. The electronic registration requirement will be suspended for FY 2020 H-1B cap season. Effective Date […]
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California Board Members: More Power to Women

By Rubeena Sachdev Governor Jerry Brown signed into law that all public companies headquartered in California must have at least one female board member by the end of 2019. Larger boards will need to appoint more women by 2021. Companies that do not comply with SB 826 will receive a penalty of up to $300,000. […]
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Update: Premium Processing for FY 2019 H-1B Cap Cases Resumes

By Angelita Chavez-Halaka; Armando Escobedo; Gladys Gervacio Summary On Monday, January 28, 2019, USCIS will reinstate Premium Processing for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions, including H-1B Master’s Cap for the advanced degree exemption. Qualifying H-1B Cases: Pending FY 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions; those cases that have been issued a Request for Evidence (RFE) should include Premium Processing fees […]
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Incomplete Immigration Petitions: Requests for Evidence (RFE) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID)

By Phani Bobba Employers may receive Requests for Evidence (RFE) or Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID) from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) when they submit incomplete immigration petitions. Neither notice necessarily means a petition will be denied, however. Although there are key differences between RFEs and NOIDs, employers can overcome either to get […]
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