August/2010 Newsletter

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August/2010 Newsletter
Welcome to The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA
Dear Gus,

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?  Light at the end

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


We 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..... 

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Gus Shihab, Esq.
In This Issue
Immigrant Visa Priority Date Delays
Part Time H-1B Visa Workers - A Good Solution
Featured Article
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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