Monthly Archives: January 2014

63 Additional Countries Eligible to Participate in H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

USCIS recently announced to JCS Immigration and Visa Law in Los Angeles, that the Department of Homeland Security, together with the Department of State, have added Austria, Italy, Panama and Thailand to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs for this year. The official notice […]

AILA/AIC File Amicus Brief on 212(h) Waiver Eligibility

AILA and the American Immigration Council Filed an Amicus Brief arguing that an individual who adjusts to LPR status after entering the U.S. is eligible for a 212(h) waiver because the individual is not “an alien who has previously been admitted to the United States as an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence”. Background In […]

Nonimmigrant Visa Interview Waiver Program Now Permanent

A pilot program was introduced by the Department of State in January 2012 called the two-year visa interview waiver pilot program. This became one of the cornerstones of President Obama’s initiative to improve and speed up the processing time for nonimmigrant visas for certain categories of travelers to the U.S. This pilot program has now […]

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Update on Military Parole in Place (PIP) for Los Angeles

U.S. Immigration Attorneys office, JCS Immigration and Visa, has a staff of Los Angeles immigration lawyers dedicated to providing the latest in immigration news to our clients. We have just been informed by Mary Mucha, director of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) on the processing procedure for Military Parole in Place (PIP) in […]

Judge Allows Access to Emails about Arizona Immigration Law SB 1070

JANUARY 5, 2014 – JCS Immigration and Visa, Los Angeles based Immigration attorneys have been informed that a Federal Judge in Arizona has given opponents of SB 1070, Arizona’s conservative 2010 anti-undocumented immigration law, access to emails and other communication correspondence between the law’s supporters and lawmakers “to see whether there are racial overtones in […]

4 Reasons Immigration Reform Will Pass in 2014

Last year, our team of Immigration Attorneys in Los Angeles speculated that the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill would likely pass after a long debate in 2013. Now, in January of 2014 after delay due to the Republican-lead House, we are again anticipating final passage of such a monumental reform bill. Likely to be a key […]

H-2B Cap Count Hits Half Way Mark

The H-2B Non-Agricultural Temporary Worker Program allows U.S. employers to bring Foreign Nationals to the United States to fill temporary non-agricultural jobs. Our experienced U.S. immigration attorneys have successfully helped hundreds of employers and nonimmigrant workers obtain H-2B and H-1B status. Based in Los Angeles, we can provide assistance across the country and around the […]

Study in the States! Information for International Students

Have you ever dreamed of studying abroad in the United States? The Department of Homeland Security  launched the Study in the States SEVIS blog initiative to serve as an innovative information hub for the international student community in order to gain more information on how to apply to study in the U.S. and becoming an F-1 […]

Consular Returns at USCIS Vermont Service Center

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’s (USCIS) Vermont Service Center (VSC) has provided our Los Angeles Immigration Attorneys with updated information on handling of consular returns. Our office was informed that consular returns are currently backlogged at six months or longer; however, cases involving H-1B extensions receive more immediate attention due to the nature […]