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H-1B Cap FY2020 – It is that time of year again!

UPDATE: On September 4, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed fee rule in the Federal Register relating to the online registration requirement that is anticipated to be in effect for the FY2021 H-1B cap season.  As indicated earlier, on January 31, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final […]

Form I-9 – Continue As Is

Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, is set to expire August 31, 2019.  However, employers may continue to use the existing form version as noted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on its website, as well as U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify website.   The form’s version or expiration date can be found on the upper-right hand […]

USCIS Plans to Close Most International Offices

On August 9, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced plans to close all but seven of its 20 field offices worldwide.  USCIS plans to maintain operations in Guatemala City, Guatemala; Mexico City, Mexico; San Salvador, El Salvador; Beijing, China; Guangzhou, China; Nairobi, Kenya; and New Delhi, India.  USCIS plans to close the field […]

USCIS Plans to Revise Naturalization Test

On July 19, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its plans to revise the current naturalization test.  As background, an applicant to become a naturalized U.S. citizen must pass the naturalization test which generally includes an English and civics test.  Earlier, USCIS issued its Revision of the Naturalization Civics Test Memorandum  which announces the revision of […]

E-1/E-2 Visas for Nationals of New Zealand

Effective June 10, 2019, nationals of New Zealand are eligible for E-1 Treaty Trader and E-2 Treaty Investor visa status.  As background, the E-1 category allows a foreign national from a country with which the U.S. has a commercial treaty to enter the U.S. solely to engage in trade of a substantial nature principally between […]

Best Lawyers – Texas – U.S. News and World Report

The JMA Firm, PLLC is incredibly excited to announce that every partner of the firm –Harry Joe, Rebecca Massiatte and Cindy Ansbach – has been selected as a Best Lawyer in Texas by  U.S. News and World Report.  This recognition involves a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, as well as peer […]

USCIS H-1B Premium Processing Resumes

UPDATE: On June 7, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective  June 10, 2019, it will re-open Premium Processing for all remaining FY 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected under the H-1B lottery.  On such date, Petitioners whose H-1B cap-subject petitions were selected under the H-1B lottery can submit Form I-907, Request for Premium […]

DOS Additional Vetting Procedures

DOS Additional Vetting Procedures.   On May 31, 2019, Department of State (DOS) stated that it had updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application forms to request additional information, including social media identifiers, from most U.S. visa applicants worldwide. As background, on March 30, 2018, DOS indicated its plans to publish proposals regarding additional vetting procedures.  […]

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Update

As an update to previously announced terminations for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for certain individuals from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, El Salvador, Nepal and Honduras, these TPS terminations status are currently on hold until further notice.  Subsequent to such TPS termination announcements, various courts have enjoined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from implementing and […]

Best Lawyer/Best Law Firm – U.S. News and World Report

The JMA Firm, PLLC is incredibly excited to announce that Rebecca Massiatte has been announced as Best Lawyer of the Year – Immigration (2019) by Best Lawyers.  This recognition by U.S. News and World Report involves a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, as well as peer review from leading attorneys […]