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USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for the First Half of 2019

As of this month, the H-2B cap for the first half of 2019 has been reached. The date of the last count was December 11, 2018. USCIS will of course continue to accept petitions for H-2B workers who are exempt or not subject to the H-2B cap.

The H-2B visa program allows employers to hire...

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How Does the Government Shutdown Affect the U.S. Immigration System?

You may have heard that the US government is in a partial shutdown. Most federal agencies depend on the government for funding. If Congress and the President don't agree on a budget for the next year, the government "shuts down" and "nonessential" functions are paused until a budget is agreed...

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What Was the Best Decision of Your Life?

The Best Decision of My Life Involves Immigration, Romance and Adventure

Life always presents opportunities to try something new if you are looking for a bit of adventure. The key is to be open to go outside your comfort zone and then boldly say “yes - I’ll do this” and move...

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How to Check USCIS Processing Times

Congratulations –– you’ve submitted your petition to USCIS! ????

And now you’re waiting for it to be processed...yea. It can feel like it takes forever.

The good news is you can check processing times online!

We lay out how to check USCIS processing times online below. We...

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How to Schedule an InfoPass Appointment

No one wants to wait on a long hold to speak with USCIS, and some questions are much easier answered in person. Fortunately, it’s possible to schedule an appointment to meet with a USCIS immigration officer in person using InfoPass. Even better –– an appointment can be scheduled...

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Exciting Updates

Thank You Colleen and Welcome Francisco!

Externship Program with Lewis and Clark Law School

Our firm has been happily participating in the Lewis and Clark Law School’s externship program since this past summer. Our first extern was Colleen Munoz, a second year law student and highly...

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Is Your Soulmate in Seattle, Siberia or Singapore?

One of the best parts about living in the 21st century is that the pool of potential soulmates is wider than ever before. Just as the most qualified person to work for your company may be located in Uzbekistan, the person who is best suited to be your spouse could very well be on the other side...

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New USCIS Policy Regarding Medical Exams

A new USCIS policy requires medical exam results be submitted within 60 days of their completion.

As most of our clients know, anyone applying for permanent residency will need to visit a USCIS-approved physician. During this visit, the doctor will fill out Form I-693, Report of Medical...

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Denied Applicants Risk Removal Proceedings

Beginning in October 2018, USCIS may start removal proceedings on individuals who submit an application for a visa status or permanent residency in the United States but get the application denied.   This would only apply to those applicants who no longer have a valid visa status at the...

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Small Mistakes, Big Consequences

A new USCIS policy allows immigration officials to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing a request for evidence (RFE).

According to Lee Francis Cissna, who is the Director of USCIS, the policy restores “full discretion to our immigration officers to deny incomplete...

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What Can a Disney Song Teach Us About Immigration?

Why A Great Song From a Kids Movie Shows Us the Way Forward on Immigration

My three kids loved the movie Zootopia and my wife and I also thought it was fantastic. The story features an eager young bunny protagonist named Judy Hopps who is committed to being an excellent police officer despite...

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Protect Your Privacy While Traveling

With holiday season quickly approaching, we're often asked how to protect data and devices while traveling internationally. If traveling wasn’t already an exhausting process, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has reported a five-fold increase in the number of electronic media...

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