H1B Cap Season: What You Need to Know Now

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H1B Cap Season: What You Need to Know Now

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced partial implementation to new rules regarding cap subject H1Bs. The new rules will have minimal effects regarding the application process for fiscal year 2020, but partial implementation of the new rules will favor H1B applicants with U.S. Master’s degrees this year.  Full

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Why February 5, 2019 is important for student visa holders

On August 9, 2018, USCIS issued a memorandum on how unlawful presence would be calculated for student visa holders in F, J, and M status. Before the memo was issued the student would not begin to accrue unlawful presence until the day after a formal finding was made by the government. Under

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

DMCA partner Lance Curtright’s interview with Ben Kissel on Abe Lincoln’s Top Hat

“We discuss the ongoing consequences of the government shutdown and we are joined by immigration attorney Lance Curtright to discuss unpacking disinformation, ‘Blame the Immigrant’ rhetoric and what the future has in store.”    

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Trump’s shutdown stops immigration courts from functioning

In the story linked-below, DMCA partner Lance Curtright, discusses a special case about a woman who is particularly affected by the shutdown. From the story: “‘Her husband is dying,’ immigration attorney Lance Curtright said. ‘And part of the reason we think she can get her green card in the United

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Friday, January 11, 2019

DMCA partner Lance Curtright on KSAT news in an interview about changes to asylum procedures

New asylum policy could face court challenge

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

How the Trump Shutdown may impact immigration cases

Recent news indicates that President Trump intends to shut down the government if Congress refuses to fund his ill-advised border wall. Here is how the Trump shutdown will affect federal agencies that process immigration cases: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS): This is a fee funded agency; therefore, processing of cases

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Proposed Changes to H1B Process: What you Need to Know to Now

DHS has proposed substantial changes to the H1B process.   We anticipate these changes will be effective for April 1, 2019 H1B filings that are subject to the annual cap.  The main change to the process will be the establishment of a mandatory internet-based registration process for petitioners seeking to file

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

ICE Hold? Detained by Immigration? There May Be Hope.

Since Donald Trump took office, and in the wake of SB4, more and more immigrants are being placed in detention centers in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Unfortunately, this includes immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for years, have strong family ties, and little or no

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Attorney General’s Decision a Setback for Women Seeking Asylum Based on Domestic Violence, but Hope Remains

A recent administrative decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions marked a major step backwards for women who came to the United States fleeing domestic violence. Session’s decision overturned a 2014 landmark decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), which held some victims of domestic violence could qualify for asylum

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018


Como ya sabrán ahora, hay personas inescrupulosas que están dispuestas a aprovecharse de las circunstancias de las vidas de inmigrantes. Recientemente, hemos visto en nuestro bufete muchos inmigrantes quejándose de un abogado inescrupuloso que ha tomado ventaja de ellos, pidiendo al gobierno beneficios legales y permisos de trabajo por los

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Thursday, August 6, 2015


The recent influx of unaccompanied children from Central America and other countries has dominated the news. As usual, whenever the topic of immigration arises, a common theme is that immigrants should follow the rules. Indeed, immigrants are often chastised by anti-immigration activists for allegedly not following the rules. Ironically, these

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Friday, July 11, 2014
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