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The Entrepreneur Start Up Visa is Back

Posted by PR Team on Mon, May 10, 2021 @ 4:37 PM

The Biden Administration has announced that it is reviving the International Entrepreneur Program, which provides foreign-born entrepreneurs a temporary immigration pathway for up to five years.  Primarily aimed at start-ups, the program will be accessible to individuals who have founded new companies within the three years prior to applying and that has attracted at least $250 000 in capital from American Investors or at least $100 000 in grants from Federal, State or local government agencies. 

The program was first introduced by the Obama administration in 2017 but was blocked from being implemented by President Trump shortly after his inauguration.   In reviving the program, the Biden administration hopes to attract promising entrepreneurs to the USA since the program not only allows its beneficiaries to legally work for their start-up companies, but it also provides work authorization for accompanying spouses.

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FY2022 H-1B Registration Period and Other Changes?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Feb 02, 2021 @ 7:20 PM

H-1B Season is upon us.  The good news is we expect USCIS to announce the the date the H1-B Registration period begins shortly.  

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PRESIDENT BIDEN'S NEW TRAVEL BAN

Posted by PR Team on Mon, Jan 25, 2021 @ 9:26 PM

Today January 25, 2021, President Biden issued a “Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Non-Immigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease.”   In regard to both immigrants and non immigrants:

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Karen-Lee Pollak Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer for 2020

Posted by PR Team on Sat, Dec 12, 2020 @ 6:51 PM

DALLAS – Managing Attorney Karen-Lee Pollak from the Dallas law firm Pollak PLLC, once again has earned recognition as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2020 by Texas Monthly Magazine based on her work in Immigration Law.

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THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF THE 2020 ELECTIONS ON IMMIGRATION POLICY

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Oct 26, 2020 @ 6:27 PM

THE TRUMP PLAN

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BREAKING NEWS: MAJOR CHANGES TO H1B PROGRAM EFFECTIVE AS EARLY AS OCTOBER 8, 2020

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Oct 06, 2020 @ 9:31 PM

H-1BThe Trump administration announced new, long-anticipated restrictions for the H-1B high-skilled visa program on October 6, 2020, some of which will go into effect this week.  The rules are "far and away, one of the most significant reforms made to the H-1B program in the past 20 years," said Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella.  The rule from the Department of Labor, which will go into effect Thursday morning, will change how much employers will be required to pay foreign workers they hire on H-1B visas and Green Cards, forcing them to pay workers more.  The rule may be viewed at https://s.docworkspace.com/d/ANohAcmTk6tJqNS2uqWdFA

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SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO H1-B REGULATIONS IMMINENT

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Oct 01, 2020 @ 6:37 PM
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COURT STOPS USCIS'S FINAL RULE INCREASING FILING FEES

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Sep 29, 2020 @ 8:50 PM

Breaking: Tonight,  the District Court for the Northern District of California in Immigration Legal Resource Centre v. Wolf enjoined the USCIS Final Rule increasing fees.  The Final Rule was supposed to go into effect on October 2, 2020 and will not pending the final adjudication of the above referenced case.  A copy of the Order is attached at https://s.docworkspace.com/d/AC_LxhOTk6tJkISSqqWdFA

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BREAKING:  Changes to USCIS Premium Processing Approved as Part of Resolution to Stop a Government Shutdown

Posted by PR Team on Tue, Sep 22, 2020 @ 10:00 PM

Breaking:  Tonight the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan continuing resolution to extend federal government funding through December 11 and avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month.

The legislation is H.R. 8337, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act.    

Part of this Act is Division D—The Employment Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act which increases the premium processing fee from $1440 to $2500 for Employment based Immigrant Visas in the EB1, 2 and 3 category and $1750 for nonimmigrant visas where premium processing was available as of August 2020.

It also expands premium processing to Multinational Executive and Manager Green Cards as well as EB2 National Interest Waivers. Cases must be adjudicated in 45 days.  The cost is $2500.  

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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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