USCIS Adjusts Filing Fees on October 2, 2020 to Meet Operational Needs

On July 31, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule (PDF) that adjusts fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests to ensure U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recovers its costs of services. the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is adjusting USCIS fees by a weighted average increase of 20 percent, …

How Immigration Issues are Affected by COVID-19: Students, Detainees, and Travel Ban

While the entire world is feeling the effect of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), individuals who are affected by immigration may have particularly pressing questions as to whether their cases will continue to be adjudicated, detentions will be made, foreign students will be able to remain on a student visa, and the effects of the travel …

USCIS Announces New H-1B Registration Process Starting March 1, 2020

On December 6, 2019, USCIS announced that it is implementing an electronic registration requirement for petitioners seeking to submit H-1B cap-subject petitions. Employers seeking to file FY2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must first electronically register and pay an associated $10 fee for each electronic registration they submit to …

How to Obtain Temporary Hospitality, Retail, and Service Industry Workers Through the H-2B Visa Program

One of the biggest complaints in the hospitality, retail, and service industries is the difficulty in finding and retaining a reliable workforce. Over the past few years, there has been high turnover as companies struggle to recruit and retain workers. However, for employers who need to add to their workforce, there is the option to …

U.S. House Passes Significant ‘Dreamer’ Immigration Bill with Potential to Grant Permanent Residency to 2 Million Undocumented Youth

On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an ambitious immigration bill aimed at providing a path to citizenship to almost 2 million undocumented immigrants, including “Dreamers” who were brought to the United States as children.  This bill cancels and prohibits removal proceedings against certain aliens, and provides such aliens with a …

Getting Married? Take $100 off our Green Card Application Package

GREEN CARD BASED ON MARRIAGE WEDDING SEASON SPECIAL Before getting married, engaged couples should start preparing their application to apply for a Green Card based on marriage to their US citizen spouse so that they can apply as soon as they receive their marriage certificate. Just in time to commemorate the start of wedding season, …

Cap on H-1B Visas for FY 2020 Reached Within 5 Days

Each year, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) grants 85,000 H-1B visas to applicants in "specialty occupations". This cap has not increased since 2004, and has been greatly outweighed by demand over the last few years. Within the first five days of the 2020 fiscal year application filing period, which started on April 1, …

When Do I Need a B-1 Temporary Business Visitor Visa? Can I Just use ESTA to Visit the US?

If you are coming to the United States to establish a U.S. presence of your foreign business; investigate whether you want to open a business in the U.S.; or attend conferences, look for commercial space, or interview potential investors or employees; you may be eligible for the B-1 Temporary Business Visitor Visa. I. B-1 Temporary …

Update on the Travel Ban and DACA

Travel Ban On April 25th, 2018 the Supreme Court heard oral arguments from both sides on President Trump's highly scrutinized "travel ban". The travel ban, now in its third iteration, prohibits entry of travelers from five Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya), as well as North Korea and government officials from Venezuela. Although …

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like… Terminations This Holiday Season”

Given the recent tidal wave of allegations of sexual harassment in politics, the entertainment industry, and social media, employers may want consider the following guidelines in preparation for their company holiday events where alcohol and off-site events may create a combustible mix of unwanted behavior by one employee to another. Holiday parties may be an …

Jennifer Grady, Esq. to Provide Guest Lecture at UCLA’s International Trade and Commerce Program

On November 30, 2017, Jennifer Grady, Esq. will provide a guest lecture to students at the University of California, Los Angeles, International Trade and Commerce Program as part of their course entitled, “Doing Business in the U.S.”  Ms. Grady will discuss corporate formation options for California entrepreneurs, and immigration visa options, including the Specialty Occupation H-1B …

The Grady Firm, P.C. Expands to Orange County with Irvine, CA Office

The Grady Firm, P.C. is pleased to announce the opening of its new office in Irvine, California, to better serve the needs of its clientele in Orange County.  The Grady Firm, P.C. offers services in Business, Immigration, Employment, and Intellectual Property law.  The Irvine location supports the growing economy in technology, life sciences, professional services, …

Travel Ban Update: U.S. State Department Issues New Guidelines Involving Close, Existing Relationships Within U.S.

by Raj Rathour, Esq. and Jennifer Grady, Esq. On June 29, 2017, the U.S. State Department began implementing President Trump’s new visa criteria based in Executive Order 13780. The revised criteria bars U.S. entry for 90 days, for citizens without prior connections to the United States from six Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, …

L-1B Intracompany Transferee Visa for Employees With Specialized Knowledge

The L-1B visa permits a U.S. employer to transfer a professional employee with specialized knowledge from one of its foreign offices to one of its U.S. offices.  There is also the option for a foreign company that does not yet have an office in the U.S. to send an employee with specialized knowledge to the states …

Take Action on Your Immigration Application Before Fees Increase 12/23 and a New Administration Takes Office in January

If you are planning to file an application for a visa, Green Card, or naturalization, we highly recommend you do so before the end of the year.  Filing fees will increase by an average of 21% on December 23, 2016.  In addition, due to the uncertainty of the transition to a new President and GOP-majority …