Beginnings – the Know Nothings

We’re frequently asked if all the furor around immigration over the last few years caught us by surprise. The answer, unfortunately, is no. Opposition to immigrants and legal immigration cycle through American history on an almost regular basis.  The United States has always been that country that welcomed immigrants on one hand while pushing them […]

Legal Immigration in the Time of COVID-19

There is so much news every hour on every hour of every day of the Coronavirus shutdowns and social distancing that’s it’s understandably hard to keep track of everything. Immigration news still makes the front pages and the occasional national news story, but it’s almost always about illegal immigration, asylum seekers, political refugees coming attempting […]

Criminal Punishments for Officials that Create Sanctuary Cities in Texas

As the President declares a national emergency to circumvent congress and obtain funds to build a wall along the U.S. Mexico border, the debate on immigration has reached a fever pitch. Whether the wall proves to be an effective deterrent to illegal immigrants or not has become besides the point. Immigration as a topic has […]

Why O-1 Visas are Harder to Get

The Trump administration has stressed that H-1B visas should only be used to bring the most talented and brightest foreign workers to the United States. As this is now the policy of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), they have severely limited the issuances and renewals of H-1B visas. The thing is, the […]

Stricter H-1B Visa Rules for Outsourcing Businesses

Since March of 2017, the Trump Administration has issued multiple orders to outsourcing and staffing firms that use H-1B non-immigration visas, the most popular type of employment-based visa sought out by foreign professional workers. The new directives have imposed stricter requirements on such firms. U.S. companies employ outsourcing and staffing firms instead of having to […]

President Trump Signals Possible Federal Change to Marijuana Laws

A bipartisan bill addressing the federal government’s stance on the criminality of marijuana is currently in the U.S. Senate, and President Trump has announced that he will “probably end up supporting” the bill. The bill proposes protecting people from the criminal consequences of marijuana use as long as they follow state and local laws on […]

USCIS Fraud Alert Targeting L-1 Visa Companies

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fraud unit, formally known as the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS), is expected to expand the number of site visits for this year. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General has analyzed the USCIS L-1 intracompany transferee program, suggesting ways to reduce […]

What Does an Immigration Attorney Do?

 U.S. immigration law is notoriously complex. Even minor errors in a visa application or evidence you provide can lead to a year-long delay, deportation, or denial of a visa. An immigration lawyer can help you understand your rights, interpret the law, develop a strategy, and walk you through the immigration process. An immigration attorney can […]

H-1B Visa Alternatives: What are My Options?

Due to the expected high demand, employers should be planning now for a possible rejection of their H-1B petitions. Alternative visa options for affected employees include, but are limited to, the following: for Canadian and Mexican professionals, the TN visa available under the North American Free Trade Agreement; for nationals of Australia, the E-3 visa; […]