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COVID-19 Immigration News Summary

**UPDATE – July 2020. As an update, we provide the following summary of recent developments in the immigration area: Visa Delays/Travel Restrictions. Visa Delays.    In light of the global COVID-19 virus pandemic, all U.S. Consulate/Embassy posts worldwide  cancelled  nonimmigrant and immigrant visa appointments, and were effectively closed.   The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced that certain posts are resuming […]

Best Lawyers – D Magazine 2020

The JMA Firm, PLLC is incredibly excited to announce that Rebecca Massiatte and Cindy Ansbach have been selected as a Best Lawyer by D Magazine.  The attorneys on such list are peer-nominated on the basis of offering unparalleled counsel.  Rebecca Massiatte and Cindy Ansbach have been selected in the category of immigration. As always, and especially during […]

JMA Firm, PLLC – Chambers USA Recognition

The JMA Firm, PLLC is incredibly excited to announce that the JMA Firm, PLLC has been recognized as a ranking firm in Immigration (2020) by Chambers USA.  Rebecca Massiatte has also been recognized as a ranking lawyer in Immigration (2020), and Harry Joe has been recognized as a Senior Statesperson in Immigration (2020) by Chambers USA. We understand that our […]

Form I-9 – New Forms Available

UPDATE: Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. A new Form I-9, with a version date of 10/21/2019, is available for use.    Effective May 1, 2020, employers can only use the 10/21/2019 version.   The form’s version date can be found at the bottom corner of the form.   As background,  employers are required to complete and retain a […]

Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration 2020 – Rebecca Massiatte

The JMA Firm, PLLC is incredibly excited to announce that Rebecca Massiatte has been selected for inclusion by Who’s Who Legal:  Corporate Immigration 2020.  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 corporate immigration. We understand that our achievements are a […]

Best Lawyers of the Year – U.S. News and World Report – 2020

The JMA Firm, PLLC is incredibly excited to announce that  every partner of the firm –Harry Joe, Rebecca Massiatte and Cindy Ansbach – has been recognized as Best Lawyer of the Year – Immigration (2020) by Best Lawyers.  This recognition is determined by a tested peer review process by U.S. News and World Report.    Harry Joe has been […]

Public Charge Rule and New USCIS/DOS Forms

On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a regulation redefining the definition of “public charge” under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Subsequently, numerous lawsuits were filed challenging such revision.  Then, in early October 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicated that, effective October 15, 2019, it would no longer accept […]

H-1B Cap FY2021 – It is that time of year again!

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will implement the registration process in the next H-1B lottery.  Employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 cap, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must first electronically register and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee.  Under this […]

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 […]