Monthly Archives: March 2014

H1-B, Work Visa, US Visa, Work Permit, Layoffs

Practice Tip: Consular Processing Follow-to-Join Cases

JCS Immigration and Visa Law Office, located in Los Angeles, California serves the entire United States, as well as immigrants around the world. We have constructed this practice guide to help with Consular Processing follow-to-join cases. Should you file Form I-824 with USCIS? You may assume that filing Form I-824 with USCIS is the correct […]

Homeland Security Launches New FOIA Request Form

The Department of Homeland Security has continuously sought to improve the customer experience when submitting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. In April 2012, the DHS Privacy Office redesigned their FOIA website, in order to improve usability. Earlier this month, the DHS Privacy Office deployed a consolidated web-based form, which allows FOIA requesters to […]

USCIS Will Begin Accepting H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2015 on April 1, 2014

USCIS will start accepting H-1B temporary skilled worker visa petitions subject to the fiscal year 2015 cap beginning on April 1, 2014. Cases will be considered accepted only on the date that USCIS receives a properly filed petition with the correct filing fee, rather than the date that the petition is postmarked. If you have […]

H-1B Alert: LCA Certification Emails Not Being Generated

In U.S. Immigration, the spring time is a busy period as beginning April 1st, the H-1B temporary worker visa lottery begins. This is a very exciting time for our Los Angeles immigration attorneys and a very exciting time for foreign worker applicants hoping to secure a nonimmigrant H-1B visa to work and live in the […]

H1-B, Work Visa, US Visa, Work Permit, Layoffs

Form I-765 Processing Times for Asylum Applicants

Recently, our Los Angeles immigration attorneys have received reports from other U.S. immigration lawyers of Form I-765, Employment Authorization applicants for asylum applicants falling outside of the processing times posted online for the National Benefits Center (NBC). We reached out to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and asked about the adjudication time frame […]

Form I-601A, Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

Our office of Los Angeles lawyers has been updated on some facts about the Form I-601A, Unlawful Presence Waiver application from USCIS. The law states that USCIS may deny an I-601A waiver application if USCIS has reason to believe that the individual is subject to another inadmissibility ground. A public panel recently asked USCIS: when […]

USCIS Announces Form I-910 and Centralizes the Civil Surgeon Application

Our dedicated Los Angeles immigration attorneys stay current with the latest news in immigration and updates from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). JCS Immigration and Visa has just learned that USCIS has begin implementing a new process to adjudicate applications for civil surgeon designation centrally with the National Benefits Center. This new process […]

Immigration Services, US Visa, US Immigrants, Legal Permanent Resident, LPR, Illegal Immigrants

11 Ways Immigration Reform Helps the U.S. Economy

1. Reform would bring in more money than it costs in benefits While many critics of immigration reform argue against the cost of providing increased public benefits, analysts say high spending is not a likely consequence. A Congressional Budget analysis of George W. Bush’s 2007 immigration reform proposal found it would cost the U.S. government […]

Immigration Services, US Visa, Immigration, Lawyer, Attorney, Legal Advice

Court Finds Immigration Detainers are Voluntary Requests

A United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has recently found that immigration detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are voluntary requests and do not require a State or local police department’s cooperation and thus are deemed as voluntary measures. JCS Immigration and Visa, located in Los Angeles have found that […]

Chile Designated into the Visa Waiver Program

Our Los Angeles immigration attorneys are pleased to share Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson’s announcement that Chile has now been designed into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This designation will streamline the travel for thousands of eligible Chilean passport holders, while continuing to maintain strong security standards. When does the Visa Waiver Program for […]