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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 […]

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 […]