Category: Immigration

May
03
2019

Immigration and Naturalization Update: “Legal” Marijuana

Immigration and Naturalization Update: Those who use Medical Marijuana work in the “Legal” Marijuana industry are not of Good Moral Character, may be denied Citizenship One of the requirements for a Lawful Permanent Resident (green card holder) to become a US Citizen is to prove that they are of good moral character (GMC). On April […]

Feb
05
2019

Important Change for the Upcoming H1-B Visa Season

For those employers wishing to employ foreign nationals in a specialty occupation under the H1-B temporary nonimmigrant visa program, applications can be submitted on April 1, 2019 for employees to start on October 1, 2019.  Since there are more applications submitted than available visas, a random selection is made from the eligible applicants received.  According […]

Aug
10
2018

Student Visas, Immigration and Avoiding Unlawful Presence in the United States

The new academic year is upon us, and for many international students, it is important to remain up to date on all law and policies involving their student visas. There is a new policy memorandum from USCIS regarding unlawful presence in the United States in the event of failure to maintain student status, or an […]

Feb
02
2018

Family-Based Immigration- How long does it take?

One way for a foreign national to become a lawful permanent resident, and eventually a citizen, is through family-based immigration. US Citizens and lawful permanent residents may file a petition with USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) known as a “Petition for Alien Relative” (I-130) for certain close relatives. Those include spouse, parent, son […]

Nov
21
2017

Immigration Temporary Protected Status Ending for Haitians

On November 20, 2017, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will be ending for approximately 59,000 nationals of Haiti who entered the US following the devastating effects of the 2010 earthquake on the island nation, and must either gain a different legal immigration status or leave by July […]