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Pollak PLLC's 2019 Scholarship: Winning Essay

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Dec 16, 2019 @ 3:07 PM

The winner of Pollak's 2019 scholarship was Ashley Vasnaik, who wrote an articulate essay on why immigration matters in America.

Ashley is currently a graduate student at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, where he's pursuing a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia.

We loved reading his narrative about his experience as a first-generation immigrant in the United States, and we would like to share it with our readers. Read his winning essay below.

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New EB-5 Rules Effective November 21, 2019

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Jul 23, 2019 @ 12:53 PM
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Why is Your Case Taking So Long? USCIS Processing Delays Have Now Hit Crisis Levels

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Sun, Apr 28, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

I wanted to share this post from AILA with my followers as the current immigration climate is changing and many applicants are experiencing longer than expected delays.

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E-2 Non-Immigrant Investor Visa for Israeli Citizens Begins May 1, 2019

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Sat, Apr 27, 2019 @ 6:11 PM


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Is Work Authorization for Spouses of H-1B Holders about to be Revoked?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Sat, Feb 23, 2019 @ 5:07 PM

On February 2015, DHS published a final rule providing employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. 

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4 Tips to Improve H-1B Approvals in 2019

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 @ 9:17 PM

Can you believe that H-1B Season is upon us!   Each year, I say it seems like yesterday we filed last year’s H-1B Cap Cases. This year is particularly true as we are still responding to Requests for Evidence and waiting for decisions on April 2018 H-1B Cap Cases. USCIS issued the most requests for evidence and denials it has ever issued on H-1B Cap cases. In fact, USCIS has stated that it issued requests for evidence in 70 percent of the H-1B Cap cases filed. So, what have we learned?

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USCIS Delays Reach Crisis Levels

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Feb 18, 2019 @ 10:36 PM

The United States government was built on a philosophy of checks and balances. Our founding fathers created three branches of government so that no one branch could grow too powerful. The Judicial branch (the Court) was created to interpret laws. The legislative branch (Congress) was created to make the laws. The executive branch (President) was created to implement the laws. However, in recent years, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a part of the executive branch, has essentially usurped Congress’ power by taking an unacceptably excessive amount of time processing the applications of immigrants seeking legal status and benefits.

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2018: A Tough Year in US Immigration Policy

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 @ 9:07 PM

Many people will remember 2018 as one of the most restrictive years for immigration to the United States. As explained by Frank Sharry, head of pro-immigrant group America’s Voice, “This is our generation’s sort of existential moment… Are we going to continue to be a nation that practices ‘e pluribus unum’and welcomes people from around the world to make this country better?  Or are were going to continue to shut the door?”  Throughout the past year, the answer seems to be the latter.

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How Immigration Cases are Impacted by the Government Shutdown?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Dec 24, 2018 @ 12:36 PM

President Trump’s refusal to sign a bill to keep the government running that does not include border wall funding has caused a government shutdown.   Since midnight December 21, 2018, approximately 25 percent of government functions have shut down.

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Pollak PLLC's 2018 Scholarship: Winning Essay

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 @ 11:15 AM

The winner of Pollak's 2018 scholarship was Susan Jablonski,
she wrote a compelling essay on what options an international students has to remain in the U.S. after graduation. We were so impressed with her essay that we would like to share it with our readers.

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