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July 2017 Immigrant Visa Priority Dates; Predictions of Future Visa Availability

14:04 29 June in News Updates

July 2017 PRIORITY DATES AND PREDICTIONS OF FUTURE VISA AVAILABILITY Each month, the U.S. Department of State publishes its Visa Bulletin, in which it establishes cut-off dates in each immigration category, for each nationality.  Among the notable developments in the Visa Bulletin for July 2017 is the cut-off date for EB-2 China finally advancing ahead of the date for EB-3 China (due to a large number of EB-3 downgrades) and a nine month advancement in the cut-off date for EB-3 India. WHAT IS A PRIORITY DATE? PRIORITY DATES/ IMMIGRANT VISA AVAILABILITY AS OF JULY 1, 2017: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2017/visa-bulletin-for-july-2017.html PREDICTIONS OF FUTURE VISA AVAILABILITY:    Courtesy of the American...

Trump Travel Ban to be Implemented in Part on June 29, 2017

21:27 27 June in News Updates

The Supreme Court has partially lifted the preliminary injunctions established by the lower courts of appeal of the Trump Administration's travel ban.  For 90 days, the travel ban will only apply to travelers holding a passport from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen who cannot establish a credible, bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States. The Court provides examples of the types of relationships travelers would need to establish to gain entry into the U.S. For individuals, including tourists, immigrant visa holders, and refugees, a "close familial relationship" is required.  A traveler seeking to enter...

LAC participation in the Food From the Bar campaign with Feeding San Diego

21:36 13 June in News Updates, Uncategorized

LAC is proud to participate in the Food From the Bar campaign with Feeding San Diego. The Feeding San Diego Food from the Bar campaign challenges San Diego law organizations to unite against hunger in a fun and competitive way. The legal community competes head-to-head to see who can make the biggest impact and overrule hunger in San Diego.   <-- Back to News Updates...

LAC Participation in the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s 2017 Annual Conference

20:49 01 June in News Updates

LAC is a proud sponsor of the American Immigration Council's 2017 American Heritage Awards, which will take place on Friday, June 23rd in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The American Immigration Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a powerful voice in promoting laws, policies, and attitudes that honor our proud history as a nation of immigrants. Through research and policy analysis, litigation and communications, and international exchange, the Council seeks to shape a twenty-first century vision of the American immigrant experience.  https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/about/our-mission. The AIC benefit dinner takes place during the national American Immigration Lawyers Association’s 2017 Annual Conference, to be held from June 21...

Recent Judicial Developments bring Good News for Foreign Nationals

20:52 30 May in News Updates

Federal Court Upholds Block on Trump Travel Ban The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that President Trump's Executive Order restricting travel to the US from 6 predominantly Muslim countries to be unconstitutional.  The travel ban was announced in the early days of the new administration and was blocked by federal courts within days of going into effect.  The travel ban will not be implemented while the nationwide injunction remains valid and travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen may continue to travel to the US per normal policies and procedures. Lawsuit over Expanded OPT Dismissed  A lawsuit brought...

LAC ranked as a top immigration law firm in California by Chambers USA 2017

22:12 26 May in News Updates

Larrabee Albi Coker LLP is pleased to announce its ranking as a top immigration law firm in California by the newly-released Chambers USA 2017 legal rankings. https://www.chambersandpartners.com/12059/31/editorial/5/1 Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America.  The research is in-depth and client focused and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the US and worldwide.  It is also widely used by firms in all states for referral purposes.  https://www.chambersandpartners.com/about-chambers We’re very proud of our team’s achievements, and continue our commitment to the provision of exceptional legal services of the...

USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

21:19 18 April in News Updates

USCIS issued the following Press Release:  USCIS announced that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master's cap. USCIS received 199,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 3, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 11, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree...