Shihab Immigration News: February 2014

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Shihab Immigration News: February 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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CupidThe U.S. Department of State recently released the March 2014 Visa Bulletin. Here are some highlights:
* Although the EB-2 visa category for India still has not changed since the December 2013 retrogression, the EB-3 and Other Workers visa categories for India have finally budged after months of stagnation.

* The EB-3 and Other Worker visa categories for China, Mexico and the rest of the world jumped ahead three months.
* The EB-2/EB-3 anomaly in China continues into March 2014 as EB-3 visas for Chinese nationals continue to progress slower than the EB-2 visa category. If you missed our article about how this affects you, you can read it here: A Unique Opportunity for Chinese Nationals Seeking Employment-Based Immigrant Visas.
 * As predicted, the F-2A visa category for Mexican nationals retrogressed from September 1, 2013 to April 15, 2012.

* The F-2A category continues to be stagnant for all nations except Mexico since the cut-off date was imposed in October 2013.
* While there was no movement in the F-2B visa category for Mexico since the retrogression last month, the F-3 visa category for Mexico finally progressed after months of stagnation. 

* There was no movement in the F-1 visa category for the Philippines this month.

For a detailed analysis of the Employment-Based Immigrant Visa processing times for March 2014 Visa Bulletin click here.
To read more about the Family-Sponsored Immigrant Visas processing times for March 2014 Visa Bulletin click here. 
 Contributed by Brittany S. Stenger, Esq.


 Now is the time to begin preparing your cap-subject H-1B petition. Our firm has filed thousands of H-1B petitions. As a result, we have mastered the art of strategic and efficient filing, even when operating under the stressful time limits of H-1B cap season.


With full collaboration from you, our firm is dedicated to completing your standard H-1B cap-subject petition in 10 days - from the day you call our firm to open the case to the day the mail courier hands the petition over to the USCIS, filing a cap-subject H-1B petition requires at least a 10 day commitment.


For a breakdown of the day-to-day process, continue reading this article here.


Contributed by Brittany S. Stenger, Esq.
To be eligible for an L-1A Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager visa, you must first determine whether your position in the United States will be an "executive capacity" or in a "managerial capacity."


The functional manager analysis is relevant to the second element of the managerial analysis. Functional managers manage an essential function, department or subdivision of the organization.

Continue reading this article here


Contributed by Matthew D. Minor, Esq.
My Criminal Defense Attorney Never Told Me I Could Be Deported! Cell

 At some point in their lives everyone comes in contact with the police, many times for simple traffic violations that do not carry serious consequences. However, many criminal offenses can and often do carry serious consequences, especially if you are not a United States Citizen. The majority of non-citizens have no idea that a conviction for certain criminal offenses could lead to the loss of their current status and deportation.

The intersection of criminal and immigration law is extremely complicated. Many times the criminal defense attorney has no idea that there are immigration consequences to pleading guilty to an offense let alone the seriousness of those consequences. If you are a non-citizen who entered a guilty plea and your defense attorney did not advise you of the immigration consequences then there may be some relief if you come in contact with the immigration system as a result.

Continue reading this article here. 

Contributed by Barbara M. Fernandez, Esq. 

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