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Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Update

UPDATE:  On November 4, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for certain individuals from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, El Salvador, Nepal and Honduras.   The notice automatically extends the validity of Employment Authorization Documents; Forms I-797, Notice of Action; and Forms I-94, Arrival/Departure Record (collectively, TPS-related documentation) to January […]

Increase in Premium Processing Fee

Increase in Premium Processing Fee –  Effective December 2, 2019, USCIS will increase the Premium Processing fee for certain employment-based matters from $1,410 to $1,440.  As a reminder, for the additional fee, USCIS will review certain petitions with 15 days, including Form I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition.  The increase in […]

Texas Super Lawyer – Rebecca Massiatte

The JMA Firm, PLLC is incredibly excited to announce that Rebecca Massiatte has been selected as a Super Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers Magazine.  The attorneys on such list are peer-nominated and evaluated, as well as evaluated by independent research.  Rebecca Massiatte has been selected in the category of immigration. We understand that our achievements are a direct […]

DV (“Green Card”) Lottery – FY 2021

DV (“Green Card”) Lottery – yes, there is such a thing, and Department of State has  released instructions for the Fiscal Year 2021 program:  Each year, the Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available diversity visas (DV), drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet certain eligibility requirements from countries with […]

H-4 EAD Update

On September 16, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) indicated that the earliest publication date of its proposal to rescind the H-4 employment authorization program as detailed below is Spring 2020.  Accordingly, at this time, certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B visaholders continue to be eligible for employment authorization.   As additional details become available regarding […]

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

UPDATE: On November 8, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final 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 […]