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Category Archives: Immigration

USCIS Will No Longer Premium Process H-4s and L-2s filed with H-1B and L-1 Petitions

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reports that USCIS will no longer continue its “courtesy practice” of providing premium processing service to H-4 and L-2 applications (Form I-539) filed concurrently with H-1B and L-1 petitions (Form I-129). Rather, USCIS will separate an I-539 application from the I-129 petition and follow the regular I-539 processing time, […]

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

March 12, 2019 USCIS announced today that it  is resuming premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you may include your RFE response with the premium processing request. When an H-1B petitioner properly requests the agency’s premium processing service, USCIS guarantees a […]

DHS Plans to End Employment Authorization for H-4 Spouses

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed amending its rule permitting employment authorization for H‑4 dependent spouses. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues H‑4 visas to the spouses and minor children of H‑1B visa holders. Currently, an H‑4 dependent spouse is permitted to receive an employment authorization under certain conditions, specifically if the H‑1B visa holder is […]

Update: New Rule for H-1B Visas Goes into Effect

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final rule, amending the process for selecting foreign nationals to receive cap-subject H-1B visas. The H-1B visa program allows companies to hire, for a three-year term (renewable once), foreign workers who have a bachelor degree or higher and have highly specialized knowledge in specialty occupations such as […]

Refugee Wars

I drove along I-35 South from San Antonio to Dilley, TX, to spend a week with 30 other volunteers, advising intending refugees from Central America how to navigate the U.S. asylum system. We were headed to the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC), the largest immigrant detention center in the United States. Over the next […]

Expediting Your Delayed Immigration Case – VIDEO

Sometimes an immigration case takes way too long, or seems to have disappeared into a “black hole.” Our Immigration Law firm can determine how best to address the problem. Occasionally, we advise a client to do nothing, since a delay might be advantageous. For example, if the immigration application you filed is permitting you to […]

Immigration Issues for Graduating Foreign Students – VIDEO

Deutsch Killea and Eapen, Immigration Law Firm, advises many foreign students how to remain in the United States after they complete their studies. A good immigration attorney can advise on the pathway to permanent residence. There are 2 main issues to deal with: First, how does a graduating student become a permanent resident?, and Second, […]

Maintaining Permanent Residence – VIDEO

Congratulations, you have become a permanent resident of the United States. The slang way to say it is you have a “green card.” Now that you are a permanent resident, you need to maintain the status until you can become a U.S. citizen. Most people are eligible to apply for citizenship 5 years after becoming […]

Changes to “Public Charge” Rule Coming

Update 9/20/2018 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced proposed changes to the public charge rule—a rule intended to determine whether an immigrant is likely to become dependent on the government for subsistence. According to DHS estimates, the rule change will impact about 382,000 people annually. What are the changes? As expected, the proposed rule greatly expands the […]

Obtaining Permanent Residence Through Work – VIDEO

Deutsch Killea and Eapen, Immigration Law Firm, advises many American employers and their foreign employees on how to obtain permanent residence through work. The typical case duration can be anywhere from a few months to many years, depending upon the immigration category used and the sponsored employee’s nationality. The most common case category is “permanent […]

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