Welcome to The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA
We are a highly distinguished boutique AV Rated Law Firm offering a full spectrum of international immigration and nationality legal services. We
provide a unique perspective in legal representation by
implementing technological tools to the legal process and by maximizing
the amount of time we spend with our clients.
We believe that a lawyer must stay close to the client throughout the
immigration process to initially understanding their goals and
objectives and thereafter to implementing competent and cost
efficient legal strategies that would meet these goals.
Our lawyers provide more than 40 years of combined experience and have
represented thousands of international investors employers, family
members and individuals successfully. Our slogan is "Innovative Representation ... Proven Results" and we live up to our motto every day.
Contact our law firm if you have a legal issue for a free initial consultation.
Gus M. Shihab, President/CEO
| Immigrant Visa Priority Dates, is there a Light at the End of the Tunnel? |
The August 2010 Visa Bulletin showed considerable advancement of EB-2 priority dates for Indian and Chinese nationals.
The EB-3 visa category continues to be significantly backlogged for all
nationalities but especially for Indian and Chinese born immigrants. Clients have been waiting for their priority dates to become current, in some cases, up to 7 years. There does not seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel for clients who processed their PERM or labor certification applicaiotns within the last 5 years. Their cases are expected to continue to be locked into waiting times.
Convert to EB-2 Today and Obtain Permanent Residence Fast
have advised our clients whose permanent residence is based on a PERM
application that was filed through the EB-3 category to seriously
consider "recapturing" their priority dates by applying for an EB-2 PERM
again. In doing so, the employee would retain his or her priority date and possibly obtain permanent residence in less than a year. For more details, contact our law firm for an analysis of your particular case. Call us at 1-877-479-4USA (4872).
| Convert Your H-1B Visa Employee to Part Time in Tough Economic Times|
As the US Economy slowly recovers, economists predict that we are in for the long haul to full recovery.
In the meantime, unemployment figures are expected to remain above
8% for at least 4 more years. Many organizations have resort to
significant reduction in their workforce to cut back on overhead a
matter that resulted in mass layoffs in several industries.
Economic pundits and forecasters believe that such layoffs will further
delay the economic recovery; as firms increase their profit margins by
saving payroll expenses, they gain on the short
term, but will lose out on the long run in their stock of
"intelligence capital." Intelligence capital makes up the essence
of any company's healthy infrastructure which usually propels it forward
into the market place.
H-1B visa employees have also been the subject of layoffs due to the aforementioned economic downturn. In the case of H-1B visa employees, the loss of intelligence infrastructure is even more sever.
Not only do companies invest into considerable capital in governmental
filing fees and attorney costs when they install H-1B visa employees, an
investment that will be lost when such employees are laid
off, such firms will also lose out on the innovation and high
productivity that such workers bring to their employers.
The innovation brought about H-1B visa workers is well documented as
there is a straight correlation between the employment of H-1B visa
workers and the advancement of innovation in the US. Consequently, we
have advised our clients to convert their H-1B visa workers to part time
employment as an economic solution to laying them off. This requires the filing of an amended H-1B visa petition before the USCIS. Read more.....
Gus Shihab, Esq.
| Shihab Immigration Blog |
Follow the Shihab Immigration Blog for up-to-date analysis and interpretation on the visa and immigration law issues and processes.
US Immigration laws are currently in 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.
Call our law firm today for a free in depth analysis of your immigration law issue.
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