Author Archives: JCS Immigration Attorney Los Angeles

H-1B Registrations Denied Due to Duplicate Submissions

Practice Alert: H-1B Registrations Denied Due to Duplicate Submissions AILA Doc. No. 20033136 | Dated April 7, 2021 April 7, 2021 Some AILA members have reported that they have recently received a Form I-797C, Notice of Action from USCIS for some H-1B registrations indicating that the registration is invalid due to duplicate registration pursuant to […]

Why coming to the US to change status to F-1 might be a bad idea now

What’s Next After Filing a Form I-539?Dated April 5, 2021 By: AILA’s USCIS Case Assistance Committee1 This practice pointer was updated to reflect the June 13, 2004, memorandum. Updated language is marked in red. Since the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) published their Special Instructions for B-1 and B-2 Visitors Who Want to […]

Takeaways from the Department of State’s March 2021 Chats with Charlie Oppenheim

Takeaways from the Department of State’s March 2021 Chats with Charlie Oppenheim AILA Doc. No. 21032661 | Dated March 26, 2021 AILA’s DOS Liaison Committee provides takeaways from the DOS’s first “Chats with Charlie” held on 3/17/21 on the U.S. Department of State: Consular Affairs YouTube channel. This will be a recurring monthly segment where […]

Admissions Issues for LPRs Who Were Unable to Timely Return Due to COVID-19

Admissions Issues for LPRs Who Were Unable to Timely Return Due to COVID-19 Dated March 19, 2021 The COVID-19 global pandemic has resulted in shifting patterns of travel restrictions imposed by various countries and common carriers worldwide. It has also resulted in reduced willingness by individuals to travel even if permitted, to avoid perceived higher […]

Guidance for Filing Applications After USCIS Announces It Will Stop Applying the Public Charge Final Rule

On March 10, 2021, USCIS removed the I-944 from its webpage and provided guidance concerning previously filed Adjustment of Status Petitions, Extensions or Changes of Status Petitions as well as Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID) and Requests for Evidence (RFE) that pertain to the Public Charge Final Rule. USCIS noted that it will issue additional guidance regarding the use of affected forms.

Navigating the USCIS Contact Center

Navigating the USCIS Contact Center AILA Doc. No. 19101631 | Dated February 10, 2021 Recent Changes to the USCIS Contact Center USCIS has recently updated the USCIS Contact Center phone-tree system. Specifically, the USCIS Contact Center no longer requires numeric prompts and is now completely speech enabled through an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. USCIS […]

DHS and DOL Rules Altering the H-1B Process and Prevailing Wage Levels, latest update as of January 20, 2021.

Featured Issue: DHS and DOL Rules Altering the H-1B Process and Prevailing Wage Levels Latest Updates! As of January 20, 2021 On January 20, 2021, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain issued a memorandum regarding review of pending regulatory actions which directs, in part, that 1) all rules pending at the Federal Register that have not been published must […]

Biden Presidency and Upcoming Immigration Policy Change

Check out what the attorney has to say about the elected president, Joe Biden’s presidency, and upcoming immigration policy change.

Government Withdraws Appeal in Guilford College Case, Making District Court Decision on USCIS Unlawful Presence Memo Final

Government Withdraws Appeal in Guilford College Case, Making District Court Decision on USCIS Unlawful Presence Memo Final AILA Doc. No. 18102471 | Dated August 3, 2020 August 3, 2020 The government withdrew its appeal and so the court granted the government’s motion to voluntarily dismiss the case. (Guilford College, et al., v. Wolf, et al., […]

Summary and Issues of Particular Concern with Presidential Executive Order Targeting Hong Kong Visa Applicants

AILA Doc. No. 20072030 | Dated July 20, 2020 The speaker’s/author’s views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker’s/author’s experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your […]