Shihab Immigration News: April 2014

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Shihab Immigration News: April 2014
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Our purpose is to bring you the latest and most relevant immigration news. Immigration law is in constant flux, and laws are constantly being revised. Congress is about to change immigration in a drastic manner. Check out our Newsletter and Blog page to stay on the cutting edge of current immigration news.

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Follow the Shihab Immigration Blog for up-to-date analysis and interpretation of the immigration visa law issues and processes.

US Immigration laws are currently in a state of constant flux and change. Visit the Shihab Immigration Blog at least once a week to keep abreast of this complex and ever changing area.

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Employers are invited to post their current job openings in the "jobs" section of the group. Individuals are encouraged to invite friends and family members seeking employment in the United States to the group as well as posting job opportunities for other job seekers. Anyone is free to start discussions relevant to employment in the United States. 
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Keep Calm and H-1B Season is Over
H-1B Update

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We know H-1B cap season can be stressful. The mad rush of completing H-1B petitions in March is followed by the almost eerie quietness of waiting to know if your H-1B petition was selected in the random lottery process. 

The H-1B cap was reached within the first seven days again this year. The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates was entrusted with handling several H-1B petitions for this H-1B season, and we believe the process went more smoothly than ever. Thanks to your preparedness and cooperation combined with our team's refined H-1B process and years of experience, you can rest easy knowing your H-1B petition was filed with the utmost care and expertise. 

While that may alleviate much of the stress associated with H-1B  cap season, we understand you are anxious to find out if your petition was selected in the random lottery process. We strive to provide you with the most up-to-date information pertaining to your case. 

Continue reading here to learn what might be going on with your case right now.  
Contributed by Brittany S. Stenger
Reflecting on H-1B Season

Looking back
Looking back on the most recent H-1B Cap season, it becomes clear that the H-1B process works best when employers, employees and attorneys work clearly and efficiently together.  Ensuring that the attorney has sufficient time to review your job description and your relevant education and experience will help give them an opportunity to thoroughly review your credentials and determine if you qualify or require and academic evaluation.  Therefore, it is in your best interest to timely and effectively communicate with your potential employer and their attorney to help assemble a quality H-1B petition for you.  

Contributed by Matthew D. Minor
May 2014 Visa Bulletin

May 2014 Visa Bulletin
The U.S. Department of State recently released the May 2014 Visa Bulletin. Here are some highlights:

*The EB-2 visa category for India still has not changed since the December 2013 retrogression.

* The priority date cut-off for the EB-3 and Other Workers category for Filipino's jumped ahead five months.

* The EB-2/EB-3 phenomenon for China persists as the availability of green cards based in the third employment-based preference (EB-3) for applicants born in mainland China continues to move slower than the EB-2 visa category. If you haven't had a chance to read our article about how this could affect you, read it here: A Unique Opportunity for Chinese Nationals Seeking Employment-Based Immigrant Visas.

The EB-3 visa category for China, Mexico and All Other Chargeability Areas did not change since the April 2014 Visa Bulletin.
 * The F-1 visa category for the Philippines jumped ahead another three months. 

* Still no movement in the F-2A category worldwide since the cut-off date was imposed in October 2013. It is likely that this category will retrogress sometime this summer, including a second retrogression for Mexico.
* The F-2B visa category from China, India and the Rest of the World continues to advance rapidly and we finally saw movement for Mexico after remaining at a standstill since February and for the Philippines after not advancing since March. 

* The F-3 visa category for China, India and All Other Chargeability Areas progressed rapidly. 

For a detailed analysis of the Employment-Based Immigrant Visa processing times for May 2014 Visa Bulletin click here.
To read more about the Family-Sponsored Immigrant Visas processing times for May 2014 Visa Bulletin click here. 
 Contributed by Brittany S. Stenger, Esq.
DACA: Two Years Later Many Approach Renewal Deadline

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In September of 2012 the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began issuing work authorization cards to those that had applied through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program allows those who entered the United States without status to have action deferred in their case and receive a work permit valid for two years. Every two years, those granted DACA are required to renew their work permits as well as the grant of deferred action. For those who were the first to apply when the program was announced, their expiration dates are quickly approaching and USCIS has released preliminary information on how the renewal process will proceed.


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 Whether you are a human resource professional employing foreign professionals, a scientist, a professor, a small business owner, a multinational corporation, or a US Citizen pursuing an immigration case for a relative or loved one, our lawyers possess the legal skills and sensitivities needed to achieve your goals. It is of utmost importance that you, the client, are assured that your immigration lawyer has your best interest in mind and at heart, and that he or she will conclude your matter quickly, competently, and in an affordable manner. Gus M. Shihab, Esq. and the attorneys at The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates hold these values at the forefront.