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Best Lawyers – D Magazine 2019

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 by D Magazine.  The attorneys on such list are peer-nominated on the basis of offering unparalleled counsel.  Harry Joe, Rebecca Massiatte and Cindy Ansbach have been selected […]

L-1A/B Petitions for Canadian Applicants at Ports of Entry

L-1A/B Petitions for citizens of Canada have long been adjudicated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) within Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) at Ports of Entry (“POE”) along the U.S./Canada border.  This process generally allows for one-day adjudication, with the applicant presenting the materials to CBP on the day of anticipated entry to the […]

H-4 EAD Update

On February 20, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) submitted its proposal to rescind H-4 employment authorization for certain spouses of H-1B visaholders to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  As background, since May 26, 2015, certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B visaholders have been eligible for employment authorization.   Subsequent to the H-4 employment authorization […]

USCIS Form I-539 Changes and New Fees

UPDATE:  On March 1, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicated that it would publish a revised Form I-539/Form I-539A on March 8, 2019.  USCIS will continue to accept the current Form I-539 (edition date of December 23, 2016) until March 21, 2019.  Effective March 22, 2019, USCIS will only accept the revised Form […]

USCIS H-1B Premium Processing Resumes

UPDATE: On March 19, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a two-phased approach to Premium Processing for FY2020 H-1B Cap Petitions.  For FY2020 H-1B Cap Petitions requesting a “Change of Status,” Petitioners may request Premium Processing by concurrently filing the request with the H-1B Cap Petition filing.  However, USCIS will temporarily suspend Premium […]

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

UPDATE: On April 11, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that yesterday, it conducted its computer-generated random selection process (or its “lottery” system)  in connection with the FY2020 H-1B Cap.    USCIS has determined that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the “regular” cap for FY2020, as well as […]

JMO Firm Becomes JMA Firm with the Addition of Cindy Kang Ansbach

DALLAS – September 10, 2018 – JMA Firm, PLLC is pleased to welcome Cindy Kang Ansbach as a member of the firm. Ansbach joins from The Ansbach Group, P.C. and elevates the firm’s combined immigration and nationality law experience to more than 100 years. With the addition of Ansbach, the firm, formerly known as JMO Firm, PLLC […]

JMA Firm Attorney Harry J. Joe Presents at Texas A&M University at Commerce

On April 2, 2018, JMA Firm Attorney Harry J. Joe presented “Legal Challenges for Foreign Students at American Colleges and Universities” at Texas A&M University at Commerce.  The following is an outline of his presentation.  For comments or assistance, contact one of the highly qualified JMA Firm attorneys. Through a series of Presidential Executive Orders […]


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