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Karen-Lee Pollak

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USCIS Extends Green Card Renewal Validity Period

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Nov 10, 2022 @ 12:55 PM

At one time, lawful permanent residents worried about their green cards expiring while they waited for U.S. citizenship. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services addressed this concern when it developed Form I-90, which was specifically intended to replace expired green cards. Once received and approved, Form I-90 provided an extension that rendered the applicant’s card valid for another 12 months.

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What is the Difference Between Permanent Residence and Citizenship?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Oct 07, 2022 @ 9:37 AM

Immigration issues have been dominating the news with increasing frequency, leading to a heightened awareness of the various statuses. While most people understand the difference between a student or tourist visa and an H1B or EB-5, there continues to be some confusion over permanent residency vs. citizenship. While both immigration categories allow you to stay in the U.S. indefinitely, what are the principal differences between them.? In this blog, the team at Pollak, PLLC addresses this question.

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USCIS ANNOUNCES PREMIUM PROCESSING FOR NEW CATEGORIES

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, May 24, 2022 @ 10:37 AM

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is implementing premium processing for certain petitioners who have a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. This expansion of premium processing only applies to certain previously filed Form I-140 petitions under a multinational executive and manager classification or EB-2 classification as a member of professions with advanced degrees or exceptional ability seeking a national interest waiver (NIW). Petitioners who wish to request a premium processing upgrade must file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service.

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(Great) Changes For L2 Visa Holders

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Mar 11, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

Spouses and dependents of L1 visa holders are issued L2 Visas.  L-1A visas are foreign nationals who come to work in the US in a managerial or executive capacity. L-1Bs are similar, but the nature of work pertains to specialized knowledge. These are non-immigrant visas that enable you to live in the United States for a limited amount of time. 

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COVID-19 VACCINE AND U.S. TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Sat, Nov 06, 2021 @ 2:36 PM

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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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THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF THE 2020 ELECTIONS ON IMMIGRATION POLICY

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

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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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