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Lawsuit Filed to Set Aside Trump's April & June Proclamations

Posted by PR Team on Fri, Jul 17, 2020 @ 2:30 PM

Today, our client and 22 individual and organizational plaintiffs, including family-based immigrant visa petitioners, diversity visa lottery winners, and nonimmigrant visa sponsors, including those who want to bring in healthcare professionals from abroad to help during the pandemic, sued to prevent the devastating effects of President’s Trump’s unlawful and unconstitutional immigration ban.  Litigators from the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Justice Action Center and Innovation Law Lab, with pro bono support from Mayer Brown LLP as Lead Counsel, filed the plaintiffs’ claims as an amended complaint in Gomez v. Trump, (copy attached) which had initially challenged President Trump’s April immigration ban.  Today’s amended complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, marks the first legal challenge to the entirety of President Trump's immigration ban, which has been extended through the end of 2020.

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UPDATE: SEVP No Longer Providing Exemptions for Int'l Students Taking Online Classes During Fall 2020 Semester

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Jul 07, 2020 @ 6:56 PM

On July 6, 2020, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced that it would no longer provide exemptions for international students taking online classes due to the pandemic during the fall 2020 semester. ICE also issued a Broadcast Message with slightly more detail, and indicated the rule will be published in the Federal Register as a Temporary Final Rule. 

Penn State University’s Immigration Rights Clinic has published this useful Frequently Asked Questions Sheet which may assist Foreign Students in answering common questions arising from this announcement.

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New Regulations Announced for International Students Studying in the USA This Fall

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Jul 06, 2020 @ 8:36 PM

Today, Monday July 6, 2020 SEVP (student exchange visitor program) announced its modifying its requirements for foreign F and M students to study in the USA for the fall semester. 

Previously, SEVP instituted a temporary exemption regarding the online study policy for the spring and summer semesters due to Covid-19. This policy permitted F and M students to take more online courses than normally allowed for purposes of maintaining a full course of study to maintain their F-1 and M-1 nonimmigrant status during the COVID-19. 

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Webinar with Yocket on Executive Order's Impact to Students and H1B Visa Holders

Posted by PR Team on Thu, Jul 02, 2020 @ 2:34 PM

Thanks to Yocket for hosting Karen on this webinar to discuss the impact of the executive order to students and H-1B visa holders.  The executive order impacts H-1B, H2, L1 and J Visas and suspends immigration to the USA until the end of the year December 31, 2020.  It goes into effect on June 24, 2020 at 12:01am.  This Executive Order only impacts people located outside the USA who do not already have visas or a travel permit to enter.     

Here is a link to the recording:

https://event.webinarjam.com/replay/183/m00goip5an1t3qwir6x9

Yocket is an online platform that aims to be a one-stop solution for students planning to study abroad. It is connects aspiring students planning to study abroad with university officials and alumni to simplify the process and guide students in firming up their plans.

 

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Yudi J & Karen Break Down Trump's June 2020 Executive Order

Posted by PR Team on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 @ 10:06 PM

Many thanks to Yudi J for hosting Karen on his show to discuss Trump's suspension and travel ban.  The executive order impacts H-1B, H2, L1 and J Visas and suspends immigration to the USA until the end of the year December 31, 2020.  It goes into effect on June 24, 2020 at 12:01am.  This Executive Order only impacts people located outside the USA who do not already have visas or a travel permit to enter.     

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Analysis of President Trump's June 2020 Executive Order

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Jun 22, 2020 @ 6:57 PM

President Trump finally signed his much anticipated Executive Order today June 22, 2020 essentially suspending Immigration to the USA until the end of the year December 31, 2020.  It goes into effect on June 24, 2020 at 12:01am.  This Executive Order only impacts people located outside the USA who do not already have visas or a travel permit to enter.     

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US-India IOC Immigration Webinar Features Karen-Lee Pollak

Posted by PR Team on Thu, Jun 18, 2020 @ 4:29 PM

The US-India Chamber of Commerce in Dallas-Ft. Worth is proud to sponsor this informative webinar on immigration and possible changes to the H-1B visa program.
 
Join Immigration lawyers Karen-Lee Pollak and Ann Badmus for an in-depth update about potential changes to the H1B visa program.

Date & Time: Friday, June 19, @ 2:00pm

Topic: H1B Rumors - What you need to know in case there are changes to the H1B visa program

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LCR & Pollak PLLC Zoom Recording | Gaining US Permanent Residence

Posted by PR Team on Fri, Jun 05, 2020 @ 5:08 PM

To recap, Karen-Lee Pollak, discussed various ways of gaining permanent residency in the US, including the investor visa (EB-5). Carel van der Merwe, Director at LCR Capital Partners, provided a deeper look at LCR's latest EB-5 project and Antony Joffe from Sterling Trustees covered the importance of setting up a US trust before becoming a US tax resident. For those who attended, thank you and we trust you found the material informative.  For those who were unable to attend, below is a link to the recording.
 
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/_94yL5ih6UJIRoWO9EjjZqcfMdjhaaa8gyZLrvoIy0qzL5rQ_CxcsFYO21oSUjk4
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Pollak PLLC Proud to Support Clough in Boss Magazine

Posted by PR Team on Mon, Jun 01, 2020 @ 3:54 PM
Established in Perth, Australia in 1919, Clough is a go-to engineering and construction partner for the global energy sector.  Employing over 2,000 workers around the globe, the firm planted roots in the North American market with the 2014 acquisition of CH-IV International, a leading LNG specialist with offices in Baltimore and Houston.  In early 2019, Clough purchased the gulf-based assets of a reputable engineering and construction company which solidified Clough's leadership position in North America.
 
Pollak PLLC has been helping Clough bring highly skilled employees into the United States since 2017.  We look forward to continued the relationship and helping Clough grow its presence in North America.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Join LCR & Pollak PLLC for Webinar on Gaining Permanent Residence in the US

Posted by PR Team on Thu, May 28, 2020 @ 5:01 PM
LCR Capital and Immigration Attorney, Karen-Lee Pollak, will be discussing various ways of gaining permanent residency in the US, including the investor visa (EB-5). We take a look at LCR's latest EB-5 project and why this meets investors most important criteria. We will be joined by Antony Joffe from Sterling Trustees to discuss the importance of setting up a US trust before before you become a US tax resident. This promises to be an informative webinar for anyone considering permanent residency in the US.
 
 
REGISTER HERE
 
5 JUNE 2020
16:00 South Africa time | 9:00 Dallas | 10:00 New York | 11:00 São Paulo | 17:30 Mumbai | 20:00 Singapore   
 

REASONS TO JOIN

Despite the current anti-immigration climate in the US, the country remains a magnet for immigrants. There is no shortage of reasons why business owners, families, entrepreneurs and retirees all seek permanent residency in the US. Despite Trump’s recent executive order barring some immigration into the US, there are still a limited number of ways in which one can legally become a permanent resident in the US. One of those options is the investor visa (EB-5) which was specifically excluded from the executive order. Please join us as we discuss: 
 

AGENDA

  • Karen-Lee Pollak: The EB-5 investor visa. What are the requirements, timelines, costs and benefits?
  • Investing in your own business or someone else's business in order to transfer to the US
  • What to look for in a good EB-5 investment
  • Carel van der Merwe: LCR’s latest EB-5 project, the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Antony Joffee: The importance of a trust in immigration planning
 
This is a private event that will be held over video conferencing software.  Details for joining the event will be sent with registration confirmation and with reminders the day of the event.
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