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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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]